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Located in Tennessee is Indian Mountain State Park. This state park only covers 213 acres, but what it lacks in size, it certainly makes up for in natural beauty and number of things to do. It was first established in 1971 at the base of Indian Mountain in the Cumberland Mountains, the peak of which reaches 1949 foot. The park was created on an abandoned strip mine, and today Elk Creek runs through the land, and there are several smaller ponds dotted throughout the area.
The closest town to Indian Mountain State Park is Jellico, which is great for both shopping and dining when you need a break from the great outdoors. Other nearby towns include La Follette, TN, Williamsburg, KY, and Habersham, TN, all of which could be combined into your trip when you rent an RV in Campbell County.
Take one of the two walking trails when camping at Indian Mountain State Park, which meanders through the arc on both sides of Elk Creek. Indian Mountain Lake Trail is one mile long and takes you around the east bank of the lake in a loop, so you can enjoy some time at the water before heading back to your starting point. Ballard Lake Nature Trail is slightly shorter at 0.75 miles and will take you through the trees to Ballard Lake. In addition to these two main trails, there is also a third trail that covers half a mile in the south-eastern part of the park.
Seeing as there are several ponds scattered throughout the park, anglers rent and RV near Indian Mountain State Park to fish, while also getting a little peace and quiet. Several of the ponds are regularly stocked with a variety of fish species such as largemouth bass, bluegill, and catfish. Some people prefer to fish from the shore, while others will take a boat out into the water to try their luck.
Recreational boating is also available at the park, and visitors are welcome to bring their own vessel in their RV rental or rent a pedal boat. Heading out onto the water with friends or family can be a great way to spend the day, and although the ponds are relatively small, there is still plenty to explore. After a day out on a boat, visitors are free to make use of one of the three picnic pavilions or enjoy a game of sport on one of the athletic fields, which are located in the northeast section of the park.
The state park RV campgrounds at Indian Mountain State Park have been created with campers’ comfort in mind. There are 59 fully equipped campsites overall, which are paved and have sewer and 20, 30, 50 amp electrical hookups. All sites all also have picnic tables and grills. There are centrally located modern restrooms and shower buildings as well as a dump station. The camp store is open in peak season and stocks firewood.
Eagle Rock Resort and Campground is a great alternative when camping with an RV, and you don't want to stay directly in the state park. The sites are nestled in the woodlands offering a lovely amount of shade. On-site, there are some lovely trails to explore, a general store to pick up last-minute food and other camping supplies and ATV routes for those looking for a bit of a thrill.
Indian Mountain State Park is within driving distance to the bustling town of Knoxville, in which there is plenty to do and see. A pleasant way to spend the day is to explore the farmers market. There is a huge range of products on offer, from local food and coffee to beautiful artisan crafts. While in town, you should also stop by the Historic Market Square, as the heart of the town is a hub for restaurants, cafes, and bars, with live music on select nights.
Sports fans should head to Neyland Stadium, and if you are lucky, you could also catch a Vols game. The stadium is currently the 5th largest in the US, making it pretty impressive to see, with the capacity to hold up to 102,000 people. Either check out the stadium from the outside, catch a match or organize a guided tour, where an expert can tell you all you need to know.
When in town, you won't be able to miss the Sunsphere, a huge, disco ball-like structure sticks out above the skyline. There is an observation deck on the 4th floor which is free to visit and offers a 360-degree view downtown Knoxville, the Tennessee River, and on a clear day, you may even be able to spot the Smoky Mountains in the distance.