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: 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: 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: The campground is on the National Recreation Reservation System at
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). The campground can accommodate a maximum of 80 individuals. Groups of less than 75 people may reserve the whole campground.
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: 5/15/2020 - 10/12/2020
  • 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 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.

Recreation Map

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Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Dennis Cove offers camping opportunities for tents and RVs up to 30 foot.

Fire InformationThere is a grill/fire ring at each campsite.
No. of Sites14 sites
Reservation InfoAll sites are on the reservation system at .

Group Camping

 Dennis Cove offers group camping opportunities.  It accommodates groups of up to 70 at 14 campsites.  Maximum 5 people and 2 vehicles per campsite.  All campground rules apply.  The campground is on the reservation system.

No. of Sites 14 sites
Reservation InfoReservations may be made at .
Status: Open
Reservation info: The Dennis Cove campground is on the reservation system at .


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


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2650 feet