Cardens Bluff Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

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.

Cardens Bluff Campground Map

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. Guests are asked to leave the campground before the gates are closed.
Reservations: Reservations can be made on or by calling 1-877-444-6777.  Campers may reserve a site 4 days to 6 months in advance of their visit. You may choose to camp in a site that is not yet reserved for a recommended maximum of 2 nights.
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees Camping is $12 per night.
Open Season: 5/15/2020 - 10/12/2020
  • 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.
Closest Towns: Elizabethton 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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Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Sites #16, 28 and 29 can accomodate up to a 30 foot RV or trailer.

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Water Activities

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