Located in the Chilhowee Recreation Area, Chilhowee Campground offers more than 70 campsites, electric hookups, RV sites, tent only sites and multiple bathhouses.The campground is open from early April to late October, with an overflow area and day use area open year-round. 7-acre McKamy Lake offers a swim area with a sand beach, and fishing from the bank. Boats are allowed, but gasoline motors are not. Also, within the recreation area are approximately 25 miles of hiking and biking trails, and a scenic waterfall. On the drive up to the campground, stop at one of the many observation overlooks to see beautiful mountain settings. Wildlife is abundant in this area, so have your camera ready and tread lightly. April-Nov (12 sites remain open year round with limited services)
Mountain biking, fishing, hiking, water activities.
Flush Toilets, Showers, and Dump Station.
Non-electic sites (42 sites) - $12. Electric Sites (29 sites) - $20. Walk-in sites with electric (7 sites) - $15. Day use fees are $3 per vehicle per day.
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We stayed at this campground so we could do a white water rafting trip. (We chose Quest Expeditions which was a great company! It was a blast!! Do the full trip if you go & ask for Robert aka "Bobby Chuck". He was a great guide!)
The campground is a 7 mile drive up the mountain, so make sure you have everything you need before you go up! It takes about 25 minutes or so. There are gas stations & grocery stores relatively close when you exit 64. The campground sites are standard, electricity but no water. (Water is available- short walk from any site.) Bathrooms are below average. They could take better care of them. The hiking trails were nice. Benton Falls is an easy hike (3 miles total), the waterfall is gorgeous & we saw some wildlife on the way. The lake "beach" was a nice place to relax. No firewood for sale, you locate your own. There are 4 overlook points that were great spots for watching the sunrise or sunset. Obviously, use a compass & be mindful of the direction to make sure you are in the right spot. =) Overall, decent campground. Never saw a ranger & the camp host was not very helpful, so you're kind of on your own. Keep that in mind if you are new to camping. As they say, be "bear aware" & mindful of your trash. There was a fatal mauling in '06. We did not see any bears during our stay.
All in all, good campground. Lots of fireflies =) You can see the stars very clearly so it's a great place to stargaze & look for constellations.
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