If you’re planning a trip of a lifetime to West Tennessee, simply continue reading to discover 5 of West Tennessee’s most adventurous campgrounds. After all, what’s a camping trip without activities such as hiking, canoeing and horseback riding?
1. Chickasaw State Park
Chickasaw State Park, which is named after the Chickasaw Indians who once inhabited West Tennessee, boasts 1,280 acres of explorable terrain. If you’re an avid hiker or mountain biker, you may be interested in exploring the park’s four miles of trails. Or you can rent a horse from the park’s on-site stables to ride on. If you love nothing more than spending time by the water, you can explore Lake Placid by row boat or pedal boat. You can also camp overnight, staying in a private cabin or renting a camp or RV site.
2. T.O. Fuller State Park
Rich in African American civil rights history, T.O. Fuller State Park is built on land that indians once lived on, and some things are still preserved! One of the advantages to staying at this particular camp ground is that open fires are permitted, so feel free to sit around a campfire and toast smores. Featured activities at this park include pool swimming, trails to hike, bird watching, basketball and tennis courts, and an education center. There are 45 camp/RV sites with picnic tables, electric/water hookups, showers, coin laundry and more.
3. Beech Lake Family Camping Resort
If you’re searching for a family friendly campground, head to Beech Lake Family Camping Resort. This popular resort backs straight onto Beech Lake and provides ample opportunities to participate in water based activities such as boating and fishing. If you have access to a boat, why not plan a day trip to nearby Redneck Island, which is located a stone’s throw away from the resort’s pier. If you have young children, they’ll enjoy pretending that they’re pirates searching for buried treasure. If you’re looking to travel with a furry family member, you’re also in luck as pets are allowed.
4. Graceland RV Park & Campground
If you’d rather explore city life instead of the woods, Graceland RV Park & Campground is within walking distance to Graceland, Elvis’s Memphis mansion, where you can go on a very interesting tour of his estate. The campground itself has amenities including a swimming pool, a tent area, full time security, bath and laundry facilities, walking trails, electric hookup, internet connection and more. They also have cabins available and a store to buy food or souvenirs, so everything you could need is right there. It might be a good idea to reserve a spot, especially in the summer when everyone is vacationing.
5. Reelfoot Lake State Park
Located in Northwest Tennessee, Reelfoot Lake State Park is known for its wildlife, boating and fishing. The lake itself was created by a series of earthquakes in the 1800’s that caused the Mississippi River to flow backwards! The park has different tours depending on the seasons and there are 2 campgrounds and a museum. Cabins will be built in the near future, but the existing campsites have water, electric, tables and grills, and they allow pets. They have a fish cleaning house, laundry, showers, and a boat launching ramp as well. There is no swimming allowed, as this lake is basically a flooded forest and could pose a serious danger to swimmers.