Cardens Bluff Campground

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Fifth-Wheel

Larger trailers that attach to towing vehicles with a gooseneck extension in the truck bed.

Toy Hauler

Living quarters in the front with dedicated space for hauling motorcycles or other “toys” in the back.

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Class C

Popular with small families and first-time RV drivers who want a little more room than a van. Comparable to driving a truck.

Camper Van

The smallest and nimblest of fully enclosed RVs. Drives like a van. Loves posing for Instagram.

Class B

A formal-sounding name for camper van, but just as photogenic.

Class A

Drivers should be comfortable driving bus-sized vehicles and dealing with parking limitations. Great for delivery.

Truck Camper

If you can drive a truck, you can drive a truck camper. Makes roughing it significantly less rough.

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Overview

Cardens Bluff Campground will close for the season on Monday, October 14, 2019. At nearly 2,000 feet elevation, Cardens Bluff Campground is located on a peninsula overlooking the 6,430-acre Watauga Lake in Carter County, TN. There are 43 sites, primarily for tent camping. There is a bathhouse with showers and flush toilets. No electrical hookups are provided. Day use areas are located nearby for those wanting to take advantage of swimming, boating, and fishing opportunities. Campground Hosts are on site to answer questions and assist with your visit.  

Recreation

Boating is popular for visitors to Cardens Bluff. Numerous campsites provide easy water access for kayaks, canoes and motorized boats. Swimming and fishing are also very popular activities at Cardens Bluff. Watauga Lake provides notably clean water for recreating. 

Facilities

There are 43 campsites within Cardens Bluff Campground. Each section of the campground has flush toilets. In addition, there is an accessible shower house with eight showers for the campground. 

Natural Features

Watauga Lake is a 6,430-acre hydroelectric reservoir managed by the Tennessee Valley Authority and surrounded by the Cherokee National Forest. Directly across the lake from the campground is the Big Laurel Branch Wilderness area, a rugged, undeveloped mountain range with only the Appalachian National Scenic Trail within its boundaries.

Nearby Attractions

The nearby Rat Branch Boat Launch is an easy quick drive from the campground for campers with motor boats. Shook Branch Swim Area is also nearby on the shores of Watauga Lake. Big Laurel Branch and Pond Mountain Wilderness areas are located north and south of the campground for more rugged, backcountry hiking.

Popular nearby hiking trails and campgrounds


  • Hiking TrailLocation
  • Cardens Bluff Campground Trail, TNHampton, TN
  • Appalachian Trail: Oliver Hollow Road to Watuga Dam, TNHampton, TN
  • Laurel Falls Trail, TNHampton, TN
  • Appalachian Trail - Dennis Cove to US Highway 321, TNHampton, TN
  • Coon Den Falls, NCPond Mountain Wilderness, NC
  • Appalachian Trail: Dennis Cove to US 19E, NCPond Mountain Wilderness, NC
  • Appalachian Trail: Dennis Cove to Laurel Fork Gorge, TNHampton, TN
  • AT Dennis Cove to US19E, TNHampton, TN
  • Doe River Gorge Trail, TNHampton, TN
  • Chestnut Flats Trail, NCCherokee National Forest, TN

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