Cardens Bluff Campground


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.

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At a Glance

Operational Hours: Gate opens at 7 AM and closes at 10 PM. Guests are asked to leave the campground before the gates are closed.
Reservations: Reservations are now taken at 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.
Fees Camping is $12 per night.
Open Season: April 13 - November 7
Restrictions: 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.
Closest Towns: Elizabethton and Hampton, Tennessee
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Flush toilets, warm showers
Operated By: Forest Service Volunteer Campground Hosts help manage the area and can provide visitor information.

General 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.

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Campground Camping

Sites #16, 28 and 29 can accomodate up to a 30 foot RV or trailer.

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