Little Oak Campground


Looking to camp near a large lake? Try Little Oak Recreation Area, located on a peninsula along the eastern shore of South Holston Lake in Sullivan County. Here you can find a campground with limited day-use facilities. Most of the 68 universally-accessible sites have lake views and many have direct access. Little Oak is a designated Watchable Wildlife Area with two interpretive trails. A concrete boat ramp provides a popular launch site into South Holston Lake.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Gate opens at 7 AM and closes at 10 PM.   The entrance road was paved and new water system and bath house were completed in 2012.
Reservations: Reservations are now taken at You may make your reservations 4 days to 6 months in advance of your arrival. One third of the campground is open to walk-in visitors without reservations.
Fees Camping is $12 per site May  thru October, including water and hot showers. $10 per site during shoulder seasons with limited facilities, no water (March-April, November-December).
Open Season: Open: March 25-April 16, vault toilets & no water; April 17, water & hot showers available - Closed: November 2, end of water & hot showers; December 7, all loops closed.
Restrictions: Sites are limited to a single family or not more than 5 people and 2 vehicles. No alcoholic beverages are allowed in the area. No burning of plastic or other non-wood products except charcoal in campfires.
Closest Towns: Bristol, Tennessee
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Flush and Vault Toilets, Showers, Dump Station
Operated By: Forest Service Volunteer Campground Hosts help manage the area and can provide visitor information.

General Information


From Bristol, take US 421 south for 12 miles, and turn right onto paved Camp Tom Howard Road. After 0.5 miles, this road becomes Forest Road #87. Continue on Road #87 for six miles. Turn right on Road #87G for 1.5 miles to Little Oak.

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Boating - Motorized

Don't forget to bring your boat. Little Oak has a boat ramp into South Holston Lake.

Boating - Non-Motorized

Canoes and kayaks are welcome on this lake with mountain views of Holston Mountain.