Chilhowee Recreation Area


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 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

Reservations: Reservations can be made for Chilhowee Group Camp. Beginning July 9th, 2015, 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: Open April-November. 16 sites remain open in winter with limited facilites.
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.

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Campground Camping

Recreation areas with activity Campground Camping: Chilhowee Campground offers camping opportunities for tents and RVs.
Fire InformationThere is a grill/fire ring at each campsite.
No. of Sites78
Reservation InfoSites are first come, first serve and nonreservable.

RV Camping

Recreation areas with activity RV Camping: Chilhowee Campground offers excellent camping opportunities for both trailers and RVs.
Hookups - ElectricYes, Loops A & B have electric hook-ups.
Dump StationsThere is a dumpstation onsite at Chilhowee Campground.
No. of Sites78
Reservation InfoAll sites are first come, first serve.

Group Camping

Recreation areas with activity Group Camping:

Capacity for the Group Site is up to 75 people.

No. of Sites 16


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Water Activities

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