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.

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 17 - October 14
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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Campground Camping

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

Reservation InfoSites are first come, first serve and nonreservable.
Fire InformationThere is a grill/fire ring at each campsite.
No. of Sites12 sites


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2650 feet