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Set in a rolling farm field that’s dotted by mature 50-years-old maple trees, Lazy Llama Campground in Tennessee is an idyllic scene that embraces the slower pace of life. Pet the llamas that roam the lush green pastures and feel the troubles melt away.
While in the area, RV camp at Lazy Llama Campground, which has 31 sites spread across a field. Most RV sites are accompanied by trees for shade. The campsites are oversized and capable of accommodating rigs up to 100 feet long and motorhomes with slideouts. All sites come with full hookups, and the WiFi is described as “especially good.” Well-behaved dogs are happily welcomed, though due to the resident llamas, they must be leashed at all times, and they are prohibited from entering the llamas’ enclosures and pastures.
The year-round campground is well-prepared for adverse weather conditions, and all water pipes are wrapped with heat tape to prevent freezing. Provided that a vehicle’s connecting hose is likewise heated, water hookups will be available even in the throes of winter.
In addition to enjoying the farm ambiance, guests are encouraged to join the free fiber-arts classes conducted by the campground’s owner. They also invite guests on wagon tours of the property and the hills beyond.
The closest town is Greeneville, TN, which is a bustling, growing town of around 15,000 residents. It’s best known for its annual county fair, which has been held since 1950. Usually scheduled for late July or early August, the fair changes its events from time to time. However, it does traditionally hold beauty pageants, livestock shows, and family-friendly fun competitions like potato-sack races and talent contests. Greeneville is a hair under 10 miles to the west. Search for an RV in Greene County, and prepare for a memorable RV camping adventure of a lifetime.
Although Tennessee is famous for the moonshine and country music scene, its outdoor beauty is not to be overlooked. Nearby Old Forge Recreation Area, which is a part of Cherokee National Forest, is a picturesque woods for adventurers to explore. One of the winding trails leads to Margarette Falls, which is a delicate spray of water that flows over hundreds of shallow granite ledges to ultimately plunge into a wading pool. Fishing is especially robust in Cherokee National Forest, particularly trout. Anglers can expect to catch rainbow and brook trout, and in the past, they have reported trophy-sized catches.
Cherokee National Forest sprawls across 650,000 acres of wilderness and is one of the largest public parks in Tennessee. Over 600 miles of trails, not including the mighty Appalachian Trail, meander and weave through the park, some crossing wide-open valleys while others ascend mountains. Around 150 miles of 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail, which begins and ends in Maine and Georgia, crosses through Cherokee National Forest. Panning for gold is permitted, though all prospectors must obtain permits.
When you are seeking a thrill, in springtime, the snowmelt turns lazy rivers into a raging torrent. Join a whitewater rapid guide group and navigate the chilly waters along with your comrades and try to keep from getting bounced out of the raft. The Ocoee and Hiwassee Rivers are considered world-class whitewater rapids, often achieving difficulty ranking of as high as IV during the peak season. When the summer heat sets in, the water tempers and sets a lazy, languid pace, perfect for spending an idle afternoon on a rubber tube.
Traveling from town to town, navigating the twisting, narrow roads through the mountains, is made painless by renting a motorhome. Many towns have their own quirks, flair, and charm that visitors are welcome to experience. Jonesborough hosts an annual Storytelling Festival at which “tellers” spin yarns about ghosts, Appalachian life, and folklore. The laid-back event is a wonderful way to experience the Appalachian lifestyle and learn about the local urban lore and legends.
Hop into a rental Airstream and join the other leaf-peepers on the Cherohala Skyway, one of Tennessee’s scenic byways. It follows a twisting route for 43 miles, zig-zagging along switchbacks before ultimately ending in Robbinsville, NC. Riders are cautioned to either gas up before embarking or to bring extra gas. There are no gas stations along the entire route.
Kick up your heels outside a camper rental at night, let the campfire ebb, and look skyward. In this remote corner of Tennessee, the stars are brilliant and bright. Far from the light pollution of larger towns and cities, it’s easy to discern celestial objects in the sky with the naked eye.