Cardens Bluff Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Located on a bluff overlooking the 6,430-acre Watauga Lake, Cardens Bluff Campground offers more than 40 sites, primarily for tent camping. There is a bathhouse with showers and flush toilets. No electrical hookups are provided. Day use areas are located nearby for those wanting to take advantage of swimming, boating, and fishing opportunities.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Cardens Bluff Campground is open for the 2021 season.  Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. 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: Gate opens at 7 AM and closes at 10 PM. Guests are asked to leave the campground before the gates are closed.
Reservations: Logo
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees Camping is $12 per night.
Open Season: 4/26/2021 - 10/11/2021
  • Campsites are for one family of up to 5 family members and 2 vehicles.
  • There is no alcohol allowed in the campground.
  • 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.
  • It is your responsibility to read, know, understand, and follow all campground specific rules and regulations which are posted at the campground. 
Closest Towns: Elizabethton, TN and Hampton, TN
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Flush toilets, warm showers
Operated By: Forest Service Volunteer Campground Hosts help manage the area and can provide visitor information.

General Information


From Elizabethton take US 19E/321 south 5 miles to Hampton. Turn left on 321/67 travel 3 miles to the campground entrance on the left.

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