7.6 Good
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Tims Ford State Park

Winchester, Tennessee


570 Tims Ford Dr
Winchester, Tennessee 37398
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 88
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 35.21912
Longitude: -86.25531

Elevation: 960' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access no
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ 55+ no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Phone Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino ?
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating yes
  • Golf Golf yes
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes ?
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts ?
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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23 Reviews

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

On our second visit to this state park and camping at the Fairview, Devils Step side we found the park has changed much. Overall, the State Park would get a very high rating from me. The employees are wonderful and helped us often. We love the hiking trails. The Fairview Campground is horrible. It was good a year ago. The roads have washed out and holes have been filled with sandbags. I do understand that people can trash a bathroom and that's beyond a host's control but the trashed bathhouse should never stay that way for over 24 hours. One shower stall smelled of urine. Another shower stall had a questionable solid on the bench and floor for at least two days. Since we are a 36' motorhome and can't easily fit in the main state park, we won't be returning. We camped at Tims Ford State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Interior Roads
Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

This is a nice state park right on the lake with lots of paved and unpaved hiking trails as well as a nice golf course. They had WiFi equipment installed, but it wasn't turned on yet as of Aug 2018. Verizon signal in the campground was spotty, but on the golf course it was fine. TRAILERS OVER 25' - chose the outside of the loop. All of the sites are very short, but on the outer sites the ground drops away so you can back up to the curb and let your trailer hang over. On the inner sites the ground slopes up, so you will very likely bottom out if you try to back in too far. We camped at Tims Ford State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
14
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Not big enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The golf course is great. Jack Daniel's is just a few min away in Lynchburg.

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Review Count: 25
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $31.00
Overall Rating:

This park is wonderfully maintained, and is very scenic. We would definitely go there again if in the area. We camped at Tims Ford State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
74
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 36
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Being in a State Park, I was really surprised at how run-down this campground was. The bath-houses need to be torn down and new ones built. The campsites are poorly maintained. Run-off from the street drains right through the middle of the campsites. (Not just one, but many of them.) There is a certain level of quality that you expect from a state park. I am really embarassed for this one. We camped at Tims Ford State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
34
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
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Review Count: 21
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed in on the "off season" in March so we had the park to ourselves and LOVED IT. We were in the woods and it was peaceful and enjoyable. Sites 1-4 are the only ones with full hook-up and site #1 that we had was really the only one really long enough for our 34ft. 5th wheel. There was plenty of room for our truck to park too. No real laundry on site. Verizon cell service was good but tough to get satellite through the trees. The park is putting in WiFi but it was not available while we were there. We camped at Tims Ford State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
1
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

This is a very nice campground. Good access to good trails and the lake. We were able to grab about 30 TV channels over airways, so good for football Saturday. We camped at Tims Ford State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
26
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 23
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

For campers who want a lot of people close by, have a large friend/family group, this is a great park. For more solitude and quiet, is not the best park for a weekend. During the week is much slower, less people. The locals come here it seems, use the lake for boating and swimming, in the coves around the Fairview campground. Is a clean park, maybe needed more timely mowing of taller grass. We camped at Tims Ford State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
48
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Restaurants: Skips, Scalawags, JTs BBQ in Winchester. Fiesta Grill in Cowan, all very good.
Oldham theater, historic, old, 2 screens
Kroger and Walmart fairly close
Dollar Generals abundant, good supplies

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Review Count: 45
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

I don't know what has happened to this state park. This was once our favorite destination but not any more. While most of the rangers and staff are friendly there is one who seems determined to spoil the camping trip if he can. He frequently patrols the campground looking for the tiniest infraction on the rules and gives folks a hard time. For example, I saw him go after a handicapped person because the front wheels of their truck was off the pavement, on gravel but off the pavement. Other TN state parks we've stayed at don't act this way, just Tims Ford. The picnic tables are shaky, the restrooms are nasty, and the wooden bridge over the lake inlet is in disrepair, all while he patrols looking for us lawbreakers. It's easy to see this once was a beautiful park but people like him can turn a pleasant outing into an unpleasant one. It'll be a while before we go back there and hopefully he will have a change in attitude or be working elsewhere by then. We camped at Tims Ford State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
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Review Count: 36
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

This Tims Ford Campground seems to be an upgraded older campground from the 1950's. The campsites are paved, but mostly suitable for pop-up size campers and tents except for several sites near the entrance. Our RV is 31' long with a slide and we barely fit into our site lengthwise. However, with a slide, we filled up the space and had to park our vehicle in the overflow area across the campground, which most campers had to do. The outside campsites are short, and the inside campsites were longer, but had all of the hookups on the opposite site of your camper which is very inconvenient. Water pressure was good, and the dump station was clean and conveniently located as you exited the campground. The campground is surrounded by the beautiful Tims Ford Lake, but due to dense tree coverage. You cannot see the lake from any of the campsites. It may be a great place to camp in the Fall when the leaves are off of the trees. The bathrooms were clean as they could be to have been so old and dilapidated. Every staff member that we spoke too were super friendly and helpful to assist with any of our needs, and it was nice seeing them patrolling through the campground so often! The paved bike trail was one of the best features of the campground! The shady bike trail was mostly level with several uphill and downhill runs. The park could also benefit from having a beach to be able to enjoy the lake. There is a pool on the premises, but you have to pay to enjoy it even if you are staying in the park. However, they do give you a 50% discount if you show them your camping/cabin rental receipt. Overall, we enjoyed our stay at this campground. However, Tims Ford State Park is really missing an opportunity to market and utilize the Lake more since it is its biggest asset for visiting! We camped at Tims Ford State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
26
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

I highly recommend taking your bike on the paved bike trails, and rent a boat or jet skis to enjoy the lake!

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

It states as big rig accessible but any rig over 35 feet will have a hard time finding a spot to fit except in a very few places. It is not that close to see Jack Daniels or any of the other sites close to it because it is going to take a while to get from A-Z. It is a beautiful park if you just want to go and spend a few days to relax. There is not WiFi or cell We camped at Tims Ford State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Great park for hiking and geocaching. Hiked 9.5 miles in one day on the trails here. Paved trails are also great for biking. We managed to get our 36' RV in and out OK, but there are several low hanging limbs we had to dodge along the way. Water pressure was great and had no problems with power. Unfortunately there are only a few sites that are suitable for a RV our size. Stayed in site #1 and had to use blocks under the front wheels to level the rig. Verizon voice and data worked fine. Staff was friendly and helpful at check in. We would have stayed longer if our schedule had allowed it and would stay here again. We camped at Tims Ford State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: November, 2012 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

This is a lovely park although it is quite isolated. There are four sites with full hookup and the price reflects the additional $5 per night for the sewer. There is a dump station on the way out so for short stays I wouldn't select the full hookup again. The rangers were patrolling the park the whole time even though there were only about four RVs in there at this time of the year. Beautiful walks and very well maintained with paths and roads being swept of leaves each couple of days. Easy (and pretty) drive to Lynchburg and the Jack Daniel's Distillery. We would definitely stay here again. We camped at Tims Ford State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 45
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: August, 2011 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

This state park is simply beautiful! It has miles of biking and hiking trails and an abundance of wildlife. Deer and squirrels are everywhere! There is a huge swimming pool that is open during the summer and it looks well maintained. The campground is a little old and could use some sprucing up, but it's still pretty nice and the view of the lake is great. We are not bothered by the sounds of the kids having a good time riding their bicycles and so forth and have never had any problems with noise after dark. Some of the spaces are a little tight backing into, but we haven't had any problems so far. The staff has always been very friendly and helpful too. We've been here several times and keep coming back. It's a great spot for a weekend getaway. We camped at Tims Ford State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2011 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

Except for the first few sites (maybe sites 1-10) the sites are very short. Parking our 26 foot 5th wheel was a chore, so much so that hard cornering and running up on a two foot mount caused my camper to get into the roof and rear window of my truck ($1100.00 damage). Sites are not level (required two inch block on one side to level). Campgrounds not very well kept. Picnic table on different level from camper. But if you like children screaming from 8am-9pm this is the campground for you. There was the saving grace of going to Lynchburg to see the Jack Daniel's Distillery and have lunch at Miss BoBo's (oh, you have to do Miss BoBo's) and downtown Lynchburg is a hoot. Wife like the place OK, so I guess if she clubs me over the head I may be back. We camped at Tims Ford State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2010 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

This is the second time I've stayed here. This time was a 5 day stay that included Thanksgiving with my family (who were in a cabin). Only 8 or 10 other campers and it was very nice. I had a choice of several nice sites. They have done a great job of clearing adequate space while still leaving a lot of trees for shade and an "outdoor" feeling. I would rate this a 10 but the facilities are a bit old and need some work. If you are looking for big rig access with all the bells and whistles, this is not for you. If you are looking for a nice camping experience, it is great. We camped at Tims Ford State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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