Indian Boundary Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

If you are looking for a base camp to explore the vicinity or a destination campground with modern facilities and a family atmosphere, try Indian Boundary Recreation Area (IBRA), accessed off Cherohala Skyway.

Over 87 campsites are equipped with firerings, picnic tables, lantern posts and electrical hookups, with easy access to drinking water, showers, flush toilet facilities and an on-site dump station.

Day use facilities include a 96-acre lake, swim beach, small boat launch, accessible fishing pier and 3.6 mile hike/bike trail around the lake. Did you forget something? Don't sweat it! The Indian Boundary Outpost can meet your camping supply needs ranging from bread to firewood, as well as a souvenir for you to remember your trip to IBRA.

Indian Boundary Recreation Area Map

Indian Boundary Recreation Area Guide

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open from April 17th through November 4.  Gate opens at 6 AM and closes at 10 PM.
Reservations: Reservations can be made from 5 to 180 days in advance by calling 1-877-444-6777 or online at Sites that are not reserved are open to first-come, first-serve customers.
Fees $20 With Electric (87 sites). Day use fees for Beach, Picnic Area, and picnicking in the Overflow Campground are $3 per vehicle. If camping at IBRA, there is no additional day use fee. Senior Pass and Access Pass (formally Golden Age and Golden Access passes) receive half off camping fee.  This does not include electric and water hook ups.  Thus, total fee for Indian Boundary Campsites are $15 with these passes per night.
Usage: Heavy
Busiest Season: June - October
Restrictions: Food storage restrictions apply at all areas on the Tellico Ranger District. 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: Tellico Plains, TN.  Visit the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce HERE.
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Flush and Vault Toilets, Showers, and Dump Station
Operated By: Forest Service Volunteer Campground Hosts help manage the area and can provide visitor information.
Information Center: Campground hosts greet visitors as they arrive, inform them of the campground regulations and assist them with their campsite.

General Information

Directions: From Interstate 75 - take Exit 60, turn south on TN 68 for approximately 30 miles. In Tellico Plains, turn left on TN 165 (Cherohala Skyway) for approximately 17 miles. Turn left onto FR 345. Follow signs in to Indian Boundary Recreation Area.

Recreation Map

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