Forest Supervisor's Office (8a-4:30p M-F)
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.
Dennis Cove Recreation Area is a secluded campground and picnic area alongside Laurel Fork Creek in Carter County. It includes a remote developed campground, popular with those seeking a rustic experience. The altitude, creekside location and lush forest surroundings make Dennis Cove particularly desirable during hot summer months. This campground is now on the National Recreation Reservation System and is a great location for groups.
At a Glance
Gates are open at 7am and closed at 10pm. Guests are asked to leave the area before the gates are closed for the evening.
Campsites are $10 for single site (12 sites) and $20 for double site (2 sites). The campground can accommodate a maximum of 80 individuals. Groups of less than 75 people may reserve the whole campground.
A special use permit is required for groups larger than 74 people on National Forest lands. Please call the Watauga Ranger District for more information.
April 13 - October 24
Single campsites are for single families or up to 5 people and 2 vehicles. Double sites are for up to 10 people and 4 vehicles. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in the campground. No burning of plastic or other non-wood products except charcoal in campfires.
Elizabethton and Hampton, Tennessee
Directions: From US 321/TN 67 in Hampton, turn right at Citizens Bank onto Dennis Cove Road (Forest Road #50). Travel 5.0 miles to Dennis Cove Recreation Area.
Dennis Cove offers group camping opportunities. It accommodates groups of up to 70 at 14 campsites. Maximum 5 people and 2 vehicles per campsite. All campground rules apply. The whole campground is on the reservation system.
Laurel Fork Creek is stocked with Rainbow Trout below the campground. Above the campground, it is managed as a wild trout stream for three trout species, Brown, Rainbow, and Brook in the tributaries. Laurel Fork Trail (#39) follows the creek upstream for 8.0 miles with twenty-six stream crossings.
See TWRA licences and for rules and regulations on fishing.
Two waterfall hikes are nearby, Coon Den Falls and Laurel Falls. Appalachian Trail passes nearby.