Little Oak Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

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. In this campground, 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, and is for use by registered campers. Most of the campsites are reservable by going to or by calling 1-877-444-6777 for your convenience.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: We are changing our operations to follow guidelines from our agency and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions. Please continue to monitor this page for status updates.
Operational Hours: Lone Pine and Poplar loops at Little Oak Campground have closed for the 2020 season. Hemlock and Big Oak loops remain open until Nov 16, 2020.  Gate opens at 7 AM and closes at 10 PM.  The hydrants, showerhouse, bathrooms, and dumpstation are all subject to be winterized on or after October 12, 2020.   
Reservations: Logo
Area Amenities: Boat ramp,Tent camping,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees Camping is $12 per site starting late April thru mid-October, including water and hot showers. $10 per site during shoulder seasons with limited facilities including no water (early thru late-April and mid-October thru end of season, or when water is not available).
Open Season: 6/1/2020 - 11/16/2020
  • 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.
  • 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: Bristol, TN
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.
Information Center: Groups of up to 20 individuals are encouraged to reserve sites 24-27. There is an adjacent play field and separate lake cove well suited for group activities. All campground rules apply.

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.  National forest visitors can also access Little Oak Recreation Area off NFSR 87 from US HWY 421 and from State Route 44 near Hickory Tree via County Road 2269 – NFSR 251. 

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