Campground Host Volunteer Opportunity

Campground Hosts are currently being recruited for campgrounds on the Cherokee NF Tennessee. They include:

Campground / Station Ranger District Contact Phone/Email
Jacob's Creek and Little Oak Campgrounds on S. Holston Lake Watauga

Gray Buckles (423) 735-1500

Backbone Rock near Damascus, VA
Cardens Bluff on Watauga Lake
Horse Creek Campground in the Bald Mountains Unaka Cheryl Summers (423) 638-4109
Indian Boundary Campgrounds Tellico Mary Jane Burnette (423) 253-8400
North River Checking Station

The host season starts mid-March and mid-April and ends mid-October, depending on the site.

Campground hosts often develop a real love of the area and are able to learn the ins and outs of their campground from staying in one place for a while. For those new to the region, being a host is a great way to experience northeast Tennessee while working side-by-side with Forest Service employees.

The agency provides:

  • Training
  • A campsite with full hook-up for their camper
  • Supervision and support

General duties include:

  • Firsthand visitor contact in a developed campground setting
  • Serve as a U.S. Forest Service presence, overseeing and monitoring camper/campground conditions
  • Clean and service restrooms and assist with campground clean-up
  • Provide information regarding recreation opportunities throughout the area’s national forests.
  • They also find plenty of time to fish, bird watch, read books and enjoy the beauty of the surrounding lakes, streams and forests.

Potential hosts can contact district Recreation Program Managers:

  • Gray Buckles at the Watauga Ranger Station at (423) 735-1500 or by email at
  • Cheryl Summers at the Unaka Ranger District at (423) 638-4109 or by email at
  • Mary Jane Burnette at the Tellico Ranger District at (423) 253-8400 or by email at