Horse Creek Recreation Area

Area Status: Closed

Horse Creek Recreation Area CCC Picnic ShelterHorse Creek Recreation Area is located eight miles from Greeneville, off TN 107 north. This recreation area is nestled into a hardwood cove beside its namesake, Horse Creek.

There are facilities for camping and day-use activities including hiking, fishing, picnicking and swimming.  During the 1930’s, a rustic picnic pavilion and swimming area were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Company 1455, Camp Cordell Hull, stationed in Unicoi, TN.

The Horse Creek Recreation Area is planned to underago area rehabilitation and site wide improvements. Please visit Horse Creek Recreation Area ( to learn more about the project. 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Horse Creek Recreation Area is currently closed for construction. A reopening date for this season has not yet been determined. Horse Creek Pavilion is closed indefinitely due to unsafe structural conditions.
Operational Hours:
  • Horse Creek Recreation Area is open for day use but the campground portion is closed for season October 2024
  • The pavilion has been closed indefintely due to damages. We apologize for the incovenience. 
Area Amenities: Tent camping, Camping trailer, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water, Parking
  • Camping fee is $10 per night.
  • either online or call 1-877-444-6777.
  • No fee for Day Use.
Open Season: - 10/24/2024
Usage: Light-Medium
Busiest Season: Summer
  • Camping and picnicking are on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Group size is 5 people, 2 vehicles per site.
  • No alcoholic beverages are allowed in the area.
  • Food storage restrictions apply at all areas on the Cherokee National Forest. All food and beverages must be stored in an approved bear-proof container, your locked vehicle or hard-sided camper at all times unless being eaten, prepared, or transported.
Closest Towns: Greeneville, TN
Water: Drinking water available
Restroom: Flush and Vault Toilets, Showers
Operated By: Forest Service Volunteer Campground Hosts help manage the area and can provide visitor information.

General Information


From Greeneville, take TN 107 north for six miles. Turn right at Horse Creek Road and follow the signs about two miles to the recreation area.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Horse Creek Recreation Area offers camping opportunities for tents and RVs. Each campsite is equipped with a picnic table, fire ring and lantern post. Six of the 15 campsites are walk-in tent sites.  The remaining sites can accomodate up to a 24 foot camper.

No. of Sites 15
Reservation Info Sites are first come, first serve and nonreservable.
No. of Accessible sites 9

River and Stream Fishing

There are several native trout streams within and nearby Horse Creek Recreation Area. See Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency for permits as well as rules and regulations on fishing.

Fish Species Rainbow and brook trout
Fishing Method Fly fishing is very popular.


There are two areas for picnicking in the Horse Creek Recreation Area, one upstream and one downstream of the campground.

No. of Sites There are 31 picnic tables with some clustered in groups of two and  three.

Group Picnicking

There is a reservable pavilion for group picknicking at Horse Creek Recreation Area.

Group Cooking Facilities There is large grill suitable for group cooking located at the pavilion.
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