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Just south of the Tennessee-Kentucky border, Cherokee Ridge Campground has what you need to ensure a pleasant stay in the area. Whether you are just stopping by on your journey through Appalachia, or you plan to stay awhile, Cherokee Ridge’s stunning location offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities, allowing you to make the most out of your Tennessee adventure. And on top of that, the campground itself has plenty of recreational activities to fill your days.
The campsites at Cherokee Ridge Campground are available with full hookups, and sites with water and electrical connections only are offered, too. There are also restrooms, showers, and laundry facilities located on-site for your convenience. Cherokee Ridge campers will also have access to picnic tables, grills, and fire rings.
Whether you are taking a rest day to recuperate, or you’re just filling time while you wait for your laundry, there are a variety of recreational activities to keep you entertained. You can challenge your travel companions to a game of horseshoes or enjoy a leisurely swim in the pool. Or, instead, you can cast your line in the creek or pond and see what you can catch. Kids can burn some energy at the playgrounds on-site.
Just down the road from the Cherokee Ridge campsites is Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area. On the Cumberland Plateau, Pogue Creek Canyon features unique geologic formations ready to be explored. You can hike along the gorge, or head off on surrounding trails to get a better understanding of the scope of the Plateau region. At the very least, you can get some heart-pumping, altitude-scaling hiking accomplished in this unique natural area.
The 125,000-acre Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is in Oneida. This place has something for every adventurer. Whether you want to boat down the South Fork of the Cumberland River, hike through the forests and foothills of the plateau, or scale the sandstone bluffs and rocky faces of this natural playland, there is no shortage of opportunity. If you’d rather see the park from a more leisurely point of view, you can reserve a wagon ride and take the scenic route.
To explore the local woodlands without engaging in the rigorous hiking so common to the Cumberland Plateau region, head to the Catoosa Wildlife Management Area near Crab Orchard. There are sections of this WMA that are relatively flat, offering a wonderful stroll through the forest. However, there are still some challenging areas, such as a deep-cut canyon, should you want to push yourself a little further. The Catoosa WMA was started as a hunting ground and still maintains this sport. With the appropriate licenses and registrations, hunters can head here to test their skills. The local game population includes ruffed grouse, deer, turkey, wild boar, quail, and much more.
Learn about a little regional history while you're camping at Cherokee Ridge Campground. In nearby Pickett State Park, the Pickett Archaeology Museum showcases artifacts of the prehistoric natives of the Cumberland Plateau. Not only that, but visitors to the museum can visit the nearby working dig site. Rock Creek Mortar Shelter Archaeological Dig Site features an 11,500-year archaeological and geologic history, providing a truly unique variety of items that provide insight into the area's past.
History lovers looking to learn about something a little more recent can visit Historic Rugby. This British village, founded in the 1880s, showcases pioneer life in the Volunteer State. Visitors can stroll around the grounds to view the Victorian architecture, enjoy staged performances, or even attend one of the seasonal events. With so many options to fill the day, this unique living relic is a great escape into the past.
The mild and temperate climate of Appalachia is perfect for growing grapes, so it isn’t a surprise that wineries dot the landscape. You can take a tour at one of the local wineries and enjoy a wine tasting, guided by an expert. Who knows? You just might find your new favorite flavor.
When it comes time to restock or refuel the motorhome rental, a quick drive into the city of Jamestown will open up a variety of gas stations and convenience store options. Grocery stores are plentiful around the area too.
In the South, banana pudding is the go-to dessert, especially after some barbecue. This popular treat consists of creamy banana pudding mixed with chunks of banana, whipped cream, and layers of vanilla cookies. So no matter how big your dinner, try to save some room for dessert.