Chilhowee Recreation Area

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Located in the Chilhowee Recreation Area, Chilhowee Campground offers more than 70 campsites, electric hookups, RV sites, tent only sites and multiple bathhouses.The campground is usually open from early April to late October, with an overflow area and day use area open year-round. 7-acre McKamy Lake offers a swim area with a sand beach, and fishing from the bank. Boats are allowed, but gasoline motors are not. Also, within the recreation area are approximately 25 miles of hiking and biking trails, and a scenic waterfall. On the drive up to the campground, stop at one of the many observation overlooks to see beautiful mountain settings. Wildlife is abundant in this area, so have your camera ready and tread lightly.

Chilhowee Recreation Area Map

Chilhowee Recreation Area Guide

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Spring 2018 opening currently delayed due to water system repairs. Opening TBD.
Reservations: Reservations can be made for Chilhowee Group Camp. Loops A, B, E, and F will be available for reservations.  To make a reservation, please call 1-877-444-6777 or online at
Fees Non-electic sites (42 sites) - $12. Electric Sites (29 sites) - $20. Walk-in sites with electric (7 sites) - $15. Day use fees are $3 per vehicle per day.
Open Season: TBD - 11/04/2018
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Benton, Tennessee
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Flush Toilets, Showers, and Dump Station.

General Information


From Highway 64/411 intersection travel east 7 miles, turn onto Forest Road 77, drive 7.5 miles to campground/recreation area entrance sign and turn right.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



Show detail SHOW

Camping & Cabins

Show detail SHOW


Show detail SHOW


Show detail SHOW


Show detail SHOW

Water Activities

Show detail SHOW