Chilhowee Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

View of Chilhowee Recreation Area in Cherokee National Forest

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 and Guide

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open for the 2019 season. 2019 Updates: Recreation Area has an entirely new water system. Bathhouses in the day use area and Loops C & D have brand new roofs and interior lighting.
Reservations: Reservations can be made for single campsites and the Group Camp. All sites in Loops A-F can be reserved 4 days before arrival date. To make a reservation, please call 1-877-444-6777 or online at
Area Amenities: Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees Non-electric 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: 4/16/2019 - 11/10/2019
Usage: Heavy
  • 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: Benton, TN
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Flush Toilets, Showers, and Dump Station.
Operated By: US Forest Service

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

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Mountain Biking

Recreation areas with activity Mountain Biking:

Access to the 20 plus miles of the Chilhowee Trails System from the Chilhowee Recreation Area.

Camping & Cabins

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Water Activities

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

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