Spring Break Camping Recommendations

March 23, 2013 in Camping

Pitch a tent this spring break!

Pitch a tent this spring break!

If you prefer nights by a crackling fire and sleeping under the store instead of drunken crowds on the beach, then spring break is a great excuse to go camping!  Spring is the perfect time for camping – the nights are still cool but the days are warm and the bugs haven’t quite invaded yet!

Here are our recommendations for camping spots in Tennessee that have lots of great options for outdoor activities. Be sure to reserve your spot through the state’s new online campsite reservation system.

    • Smoky Mountain National Park - This one will be crowded, but if you don’t mind the crowds there are endless options for recommended good times in the Smokies. From mountain climbing to waterfall chasing to the sheer joy of lounging by the campfire, you’ll find what you’re looking for in the Smokies.
Don't forget the coffee for those chilly mornings!

Don’t forget the coffee for those chilly mornings!

  • Frozen Head State Park - If you’ve followed this blog for while you know that Frozen Head is the first place Nate took me camping when we started dating. Tucked away in east Tennessee, it’s a beautiful spot with tons of hiking options. And if Frozen Head is full, be sure to check out Rock Creek camp ground not too far away.
  • South Cumberland State Rec Area – Located between Chattanooga and Nashville, Big South Fork is another great spot with tons of different camping, hiking, rock climbing, swimming holes and all sorts of nature-loving activities. Be sure to check out the Stone Door trails if you’re up for a challenging hike!

And be sure to stock up for my favorite part of camping — the food! Check out our camp recipes page to for 25+ unique, delicious and easy campfire recipes.

Happy Spring Break!

Frozen Head State Park

October 31, 2009 in Camping, Tennessee Hiking Trails

Trailhead:  36.125093  -84.503843

Nate used Frozen Head State Park as my introduction to camping in Tennessee. Before arriving at the state park, we made a surprise pit stop at Ozone Falls, one of the many beautiful waterfalls that I’m learning Tennessee has to offer. We don’t have a formal write-up on the trails we took this day, but check out this map of the trails at Frozen Head State Park to find the right ones for you to try out your visit.

Ozone Falls

Ozone Falls in Fall

Ozone Falls Steps

Rock steps at Ozone Falls


Taking advantage of the fall colors, we set up tent near a stream that fed into Flat Fork Creek.






frozen head state park campside creek

Campside creek at Frozen Head.


frozen head state park camping


frozen head state park camping

Cozy accommodations.










frozen head state park sunset

Frozen Head Sunset

Sunrise at Frozen Head State Park

Sunrise at Frozen Head


Aside from beautiful campsites, Frozen Head provided plenty of scenic hiking, with autumn in full swing.






Frozen Head State Park Creek

Creek at Frozen Head

Falls at Frozen Head State Park

Falls at Frozen Head










Frozen Head State Park Hills

Hike to Lookout Tower Trail

Hikers extraordinaire

Hikers extraordinaire.










Trail sign at Frozen Head State Park

Almost to the top!


View from top of Frozen Head State Park Trail

Beeeeeautiful Tennessee


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