Little Oak Campground

Area Status: Open

Looking to camp near a large lake? Try Little Oak Recreation Area, located on a peninsula along the eastern shore of South Holston Lake in Sullivan County. In this campground, most of the 68 universally-accessible sites have lake views and many have direct access. Little Oak is a designated Watchable Wildlife Area with two interpretive trails. A concrete boat ramp provides a popular launch site into South Holston Lake, and is for use by registered campers. Many of the campsites are reservable by going to or by calling 1-877-444-6777 for your convenience.

Little Oak Campground Map

At a Glance

Current Conditions: All loops in Little Oak Campground are open for the 2022 season.  
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: Logo
Area Amenities: Boat ramp,Tent camping,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees: Camping is $12 per site starting late April thru mid-October, including water and hot showers. $10 per site during shoulder seasons with limited facilities including no water, which includes showers (early thru late-April and mid-October thru end of season, or when water is not available).
Open Season: 4/4/2022 - 11/7/2022
  • Sites are limited to a single family or not more than 5 people and 2 vehicles.
  • No alcoholic beverages are allowed in the area.
  • No burning of plastic or other non-wood products except local wood 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. 
  • It is your responsibility to read, know, understand, and follow all campground specific rules and regulations which are also posted at the campground. 
Closest Towns: Bristol, TN
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Flush and Vault Toilets, Showers, Dump Station
Operated By: Forest Service Volunteer Campground Hosts help manage the area and can provide visitor information.
Information Center: All campground rules apply.  

General Information


From Bristol, take US 421 south for 12 miles, and turn right onto paved Camp Tom Howard Road. After 0.5 miles, this road becomes Forest Road #87. Continue on Road #87 for six miles. Turn right on Road #87G for 1.5 miles to Little Oak.  National forest visitors can also access Little Oak Recreation Area off NFSR 87 from US HWY 421 and from State Route 44 near Hickory Tree via County Road 2269 – NFSR 251. 

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Little Oak Recreation Area offers camping opportunities for tents and RV's up to 30 foot. Each campsite is equipped with a picnic table, firering and lantern post.

No. of Sites 70 sites
Reservation Info Reserve sites at
Fire Information There is a grill/fire ring at each campsite.
Status: Closed

Group Camping



Reservation info: Sites can be reserved through

Lake and Pond Fishing

Fishing opportunities are on South Holston Lake.

Boating - Motorized

Don't forget to bring your boat. Little Oak has a boat ramp into South Holston Lake.  Boat ramp usage is for registed campers only.  

Boating - Non-Motorized

Canoes and kayaks are welcome on this lake with views of Holston Mountain. 


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