Little Oak Campground


Looking to camp near a large lake? Try Little Oak Recreation Area, located on a peninsula along the eastern shore of South Holston Lake in Sullivan County. Here you can find a campground with limited day-use facilities. Most of the 68 universally-accessible sites have lake views and many have direct access. Little Oak is a designated Watchable Wildlife Area with two interpretive trails. A concrete boat ramp provides a popular launch site into South Holston Lake. Most of the campsites are now on the National Recreation Reservation System for your convenience.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Gate opens at 7 AM and closes at 10 PM.   The entrance road was paved and new water system and bath house were completed in 2012.
Reservations: Reservations are now taken at You may make your reservations 4 days to 6 months in advance of your arrival. You may choose to camp in a site that is not yet reserved for a recommended maximum of 2 nights.
Area Amenities: Boat ramp,Tent camping,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees Camping is $12 per site May  thru October, including water and hot showers. $10 per site during shoulder seasons with limited facilities, no water (March 23-April 12 and November 8-December 5 or when water is not available).
Open Season: Open: March 23-April 12, vault toilets & no water; April 13, water & warm showers available - Closed: November 7, end of water & warm showers; December 5, all loops closed.
Restrictions: Sites are limited to a single family or not more than 5 people and 2 vehicles. No alcoholic beverages are allowed in the area. No burning of plastic or other non-wood products except charcoal in campfires.
Closest Towns: Bristol, Tennessee
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Flush and Vault Toilets, Showers, Dump Station
Operated By: Forest Service Volunteer Campground Hosts help manage the area and can provide visitor information.
Information Center: Groups of up to 20 individuals are encouraged to reserve sites 24-27. There is an adjacent play field and separate lake cove well suited for group activities. All campground rules apply.

General Information


From Bristol, take US 421 south for 12 miles, and turn right onto paved Camp Tom Howard Road. After 0.5 miles, this road becomes Forest Road #87. Continue on Road #87 for six miles. Turn right on Road #87G for 1.5 miles to Little Oak.

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Group Camping

 Little Oak Campground, sites 24-27, offers group camping.  Sites can be reserved through .  Group camping adjoins a playing field and lake cove for group activities.  Will accommodate up to 20 individuals at the 4 sites.  Maximum 5 people and 2 vehicles per campsite.  All campground rules apply.


Status: Open
Reservation info: Sites can be reserved through .

Campground Camping

Little Oak Recreation Area offers camping opportunities for tents and RV's up to 30 foot. Each campsite is equipped with a picnic table, firering and lantern post.

Reservation InfoReserve sites at  
Fire InformationThere is a grill/fire ring at each campsite.
No. of Sites70 sites


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Boat ramp
Picnic tables
Tent camping
Drinking water