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: This location will open April 26, 2021.  Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are changing our operations to follow guidelines from our agency and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions. Please continue to monitor this page for status updates.
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: Rec.gov Logo
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). 
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: 4/26/2021 - 10/11/2021
Restrictions:
  • 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, TN 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.

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Activities


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 www.recreation.gov .

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 www.recreation.gov .
Status: Open
Reservation info: The Dennis Cove campground is on the reservation system at www.recreation.gov .

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Amenities

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

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Location

 
  Latitude : 
36.257681

  Longitude : 
-82.110165

  Elevation : 
2650 feet

 

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