Jacobs Creek Recreation Area

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

View of Jacobs Creek Recreation Area in Cherokee National Forest

Jacobs Creek Recreation Area is located on a peninsula on the eastern shore of South Holston Lake in Sullivan County.

The campground includes 27 single-unit campsites, a trailer dump station, and a lakeside trail. The day-use area features a large grassy area with picnicking facilities and a designated swim site. Want to bring your boat? You can use TWRA's boatramp just a few miles west on US 421.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Closed until at least May 15, 2020 to safeguard the health of employees and the public. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of COVID-19.
Operational Hours: Gate opens at 7 AM and closes at 10 PM. All guests are asked to leave before gates close for the evening.
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees Camping is $12 per site. Day use fees for are $2 per vehicle per day or a Cherokee National Forest Pass for $30 per year. Contact the Watauga Ranger District for more information at 423-735-1500.
Open Season: 5/15/2020 - 10/12/2020
  • No alcoholic beverages are allowed in the area.
  • No burning 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.
  • Maximum of 5 people and 2 vehicles at each site.
Closest Towns: Bristol, TN
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Flush toilets, warm showers, dump station.
Operated By: Forest Service Volunteer Campground Hosts help manage the area and can provide visitor information.

General Information

Directions: From Bristol, take US 421 south for 12 miles, turn left on paved Denton Valley Road. Travel two miles, turn left on paved Jacobs Creek Road. This road becomes gravel in 0.5 miles at entrance to area.

Recreation Map

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Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Jacobs Creek Recreation Area offers camping opportunities for tents and RVs up to 30 foot. Each campsite is equipped with a picnic table, fire ring and lantern post.

Fire InformationThere is a grill/fire ring at each campsite.
No. of Sites27 sites
Reservation InfoSites are first come, first serve and non-reservable.
Fees: $12 per site


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Water Activities

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Picnic tables
Drinking water
Fee charged for some activities
Tent camping
Camping trailer
Areas & Activities


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1780 feet