Jake Best Campground

Area Status: Open

Jake Best is one of two developed campgrounds on Citico Creek, and is used as a hub for trout fishermen and hunters alike. Each site contains a picnic table, grill/fire ring, and lantern post. Jake Best has a campground host during peak season occupying one site of the campground.

At a Glance

Area Amenities: Accessible, Tent camping, Camping trailer, Picnic tables, Toilets
Fees: Campsites are $6 per site.
Open Season: 3/6/2024 - 11/19/2024
Usage: Light
  • 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.
  • Maximum of 5 people and 2 vehicles at each site.
Closest Towns: Vonore, TN
Water: No potable water provided
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Operated By: US Forest Service

General Information


From HWY 411 turn on HWY 360 in Vonore, TN.  When the road splits stay straight which becomes Citico Road.  Stay on this road until you get to Jakes Best.  The road will turn to gravel along the creek.

You may also access it from the Cherohala Skyway (HWY 165) in Tellico Plains, TN by following directions to Indian Boundary Campground.  Instead of turning into the IB Campground, turn right onto the gravel road which will drop you down to Citico Creek.  Follow the creek downstream and Jakes Best Campground will be on your left.  You will pass several dispersed campsites along the way.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

No. of Sites 7
Fire Information There is a grill/fire ring at each campsite.
No. of Accessible sites 7

River and Stream Fishing


Toilets: vault

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