Dennis Cove Recreation Area


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

Operational Hours: Gates are open at 7am and closed at 10pm. Guests are asked to leave the area before the gates are closed for the evening.
Reservations: The whole campground is now on the national reservation system at
Fees 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.
Permit Info: 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.
Open Season: April 13 - October 24
Restrictions: 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.
Closest Towns: Elizabethton and Hampton, Tennessee
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Flush Toilets

General Information

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.

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Group Camping

 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.

Reservation InfoReservations may be made at .
No. of Sites 14 sites
Status: Open
Reservation info: The whole of Dennis Cove campground is on the reservation system at .

Campground Camping

Dennis Cove offers camping opportunities for tents and RVs up to 30 foot.

Reservation InfoAll sites are on the reservation system at .
Fire InformationThere is a grill/fire ring at each campsite.
No. of Sites14 sites


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