Along the banks of the mighty Tennessee River, just outside the city of Knoxville, is the tiny township of Lenoir City. Lenoir City is named for General William Lenoir, a famed general who fought in the Revolutionary War. Lenoir was rewarded for his service and given a 5,000-acre tract of land which is now home to the eponymous Lenoir City. Even in the early 20th century, there were very few people living in the area, but after the Tennessee Valley Authority was instructed to build a local dam and series of highways, lots of jobs were created and people began to move to Lenoir City.
These days, Lenoir City is a delightful river town out in the countryside. This rapidly growing community is starting to attract major retailers and restaurants, but retains its charm. Nearby Knoxville is a breeze to get to, and when you book an RV in Lenoir City, you can head up to Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park which brings lots of tourism to that particular corner of the state.
Explore the Outdoors
Wampler Keith Park and Rock Springs Park are two of the lovely parks that can be found in Lenoir City. Wampler Keith Park has a state-of-the-art skate park and picnic spots for all to use, while Rock Springs Park is known more for its tranquil walking paths and playgrounds. The Town Creek Greenway winds its way through the town providing people an alternative way to get around rather than using motor vehicles. The best park in town is without a doubt Lenoir City Park which sits directly next to both the Loudon Dam and the Tennessee River. The marina is home to an assortment of boats and personal watercraft, and the piers are excellent for relaxing or catching some fish. The sandy beaches even have volleyball courts for some friendly competition come summertime.
Frozen Head State Park is a fine place to bring your Lenoir City RV rental if you feel you have seen all the town has to offer as far as nature is concerned. Named for its highest peak, Frozen Head Mountain, this incredible park is known for its majestic and unobstructed views of the Great Smoky Mountains, the Cumberland Plateau, and the Tennessee Valley. The 80 miles of rugged paths serve as the course for the Barkley Marathons, one of the world’s most unusual and difficult ultramarathons with over 100 miles of unmarked course.
Cherokee National Forest is a lush, dense, green forest full of spectacular scenery and wildlife that can be observed at every turn. The Ocoee River, in the national forest, hosted the 1996 Olympic Whitewater Rafting events, and a large portion of the famous Appalachian Trail cuts through the area, too.
Pisgah National Forest and Nantahala National Forest are both relatively close to Asheville, North Carolina, another wonderful place to head in your Lenoir City camper rental if you have time. These forests contain beautiful mountain hikes and some of the best biodiversity in the hemisphere. Of course, Great Smoky Mountains National Park cannot be forgotten as it sits so close to Lenoir City. This legendary mountainous region has unbelievable fall foliage, angelic waterfalls, and recreation for all to enjoy.
There is no disputing that the great outdoors takes center stage for people who rent an RV in Lenoir City, but this does not mean there is nothing else to do while in town. While in Lenoir City, there are a few local wineries that people enjoy visiting to sample the product of local vineyards. Golf is another popular activity in the area with several golf courses nearby. The Farragut Folklife Museum is a small gem of education and entertainment with lots of objects containing historical significance. These artifacts help paint a picture of Tennessee's turbulent history from ancient times, to its inception, and beyond.
The Tennessee Theatre and the Clarence Brown Theatre are great places to see a live play, musical, or live music show, all while sitting in an elegant, historic building. Zoo Knoxville and the Knoxville Museum of Art are excellent places to go with the family to gain a little cultural perspective and learn a thing or two. Another place definitely worth visiting in your Lenoir City luxury motorhome is Dollywood. This incredible theme park in Pigeon Forge attracts millions of people each year.
RV Parks to Visit
In Lenoir City, you’ll find a Walmart Supercenter, so finding camping supplies or even a quick place to park overnight is easy. Several campgrounds and RV parks exist in the area, too, so finding a place to sleep shouldn’t present a problem when you rent an RV.
Lazy Acres RV Park is one of the closest parks to set up camp with the rental RV near Lenoir City. The park sits on Tellico Lake which is open to the public for swimming and boating. Crosseyed Cricket campground features a trout pond and series of nature paths connecting the parks many sites. Yarberry Campground offers large BBQ pits and pavilions. The campground’s white sandy beaches are a great place to read a book or get a little tan.
Townsend/Great Smokies KOA is close to the Smoky Mountains National Park. The park allows guests to rent bikes for mountain biking or street biking, and the pool is open during the warmer months for people to keep cool and refreshed.