Dennis Cove Recreation Area

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed
 

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

Current Conditions: This location has closed for the 2020 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.  Please note: Bridge construction is ongoing adjacent to the campground.  Be aware of heavy equipment operations and construction activities that can extend throughout the evenings. 
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: Rec.gov Logo
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees Campsites are $10 for single site (12 sites) and $20 for double site (2 sites). 
Permit Info: A special use permit is required for groups of 75 people or more on National Forest lands. Please call the Watauga Ranger District for more information.
Open Season: 6/1/2020 - 10/12/2020
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.
  • 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: Elizabethton, TN and Hampton, TN
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Flush Toilets
Operated By: US Forest Service

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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Amenities

Picnic tables
Drinking water
Toilets
Parking
Fee charged for some activities
Tent camping
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Location

 
  Latitude : 
36.256833

  Longitude : 
-82.110220

  Elevation : 
2650 feet

 

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