Forest Supervisor's Office
2800 Ocoee Street N
Cleveland TN 37312
(423) 476-9721 (Fax) PLEASE NOTE: This is an information and administrative office located in Cleveland, TN and is not actually in the forest.
Located on a bluff overlooking the 6,430-acre Watauga Lake, Cardens Bluff Campground offers more than 40 sites, primarily for tent camping. There is a bathhouse with showers and flush toilets. No electrical hookups are provided. Day use areas are located nearby for those wanting to take advantage of swimming, boating, and fishing opportunities. Most of the campsties are now on the National Recreation Reservation System for your convenience.
Gate opens at 7 AM and closes at 10 PM. Guests are asked to leave the campground before the gates are closed.
Reservations are now taken at www.Recreation.gov. Campers may reserve a site 4 days to 6 months in advance of their visit. You may choose to camp in a site that is not yet reserved for a recommended maximum of 2 nights.
Camping is $12 per night.
April 13 - November 7
Campsites are for one family of up to 5 family members and 2 vehicles. There is no alcohol allowed in the campground. No burning of plastic or other non-wood products except charcoal in campfires.
Elizabethton and Hampton, Tennessee
Flush toilets, warm showers
Forest Service Volunteer Campground Hosts help manage the area and can provide visitor information.
From Elizabethton take US 19E/321 south 5 miles to Hampton. Turn left on 321/67 travel 3 miles to the campground entrance on the left.