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Situated part way between Nashville and Knoxville, Monterey is a small town that developed in the late 18th century around the “Standing Stone,” a guidepost for those traveling along Avery’s Trace road. But it wasn’t officially established as a town until 1893 when it was identified as the hub of operations for the Cumberland Mountain Coal Company.

Today, Monterey is a laid-back place to rent an RV while exploring the parks and reserves of central Tennessee. There are a variety of RV campgrounds where you can get away from it all while still being an easy day trip from the bright lights and cultural attractions of Nashville and Knoxville.

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The Great Outdoors

Pick up your motorhome rental in Monterey and head east to the Catoosa Wildlife Management Area, which comprises 82,000 acres of wild land. It’s a popular hunting destination, as well as being traversed by the long-distance Cumberland Trail. White water enthusiasts can tackle the raging rivers that have carved deep canyons into the Cumberland Mountains while anglers can try their luck at catching smallmouth bass, bluegill, and muskellunge.

Drive in the other direction, and you’ll arrive at the Edgar Evins State Park, which sprawls across 6,000 acres along the shores of Center Hill Lake. It’s renowned as a water sports hub, with a full-service dock for those traveling with boats, as well as being a good spot for catching largemouth bass, walleye, and crappie. If you prefer to stay on dry land, you can get out and about to explore the Eastern Highland Rim on the park’s network of hiking trails that include the short Dunham Cemetery Trail and the loop-style Millennium Trail.

If you follow the river south from here, you’ll eventually arrive at the Rock Island State Park, which encompasses just over 800 acres at the meeting point of the Caney Fork, Collins, and Rock Rivers. It’s renowned for its scenic overlooks and photogenic waterfalls, as well as being home to the heritage-listed remains of the Falls City Cotton Mill. Stop in at the Visitor’s Center to pick up a trail map, then head out to explore along the Bluff Trail or the Blue Hole Trail.

RV Parks

Pick up your RV rental in Monterey and pull into one of the RV sites at the Belle Ridge Campground, which lies on the southern edge of town. There are 50 full hookup RV sites to select from and a laundromat, as well as complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi and miles of hiking trails to explore.

A 15-minute drive southeast of Monterey will take you to the Davy Crockett Campground, a family-friendly RV destination that also has 50 RV sites with full hookups. There’s a saltwater pool where you can cool off during the summer months, not to mention an indoor hot tub and a pond that’s accessible to guests for catch-and-release fishing.

Also nearby is the Deer Run RV Resort in Crossville, which is set across 200 acres on the Cumberland Plateau. Aside from its RV sites, there’s also a five-acre fishing lake, a children’s playground, and a swimming pool, as well as a convenience store and golf cart rentals.

You can also make the 20-minute drive into Cookeville where there’s a Walmart where you may be able to set up for a night or two with the manager’s permission.

Exploring the City

Park your RV rental near Monterey and head to the Monterey Depot Museum, which details the town’s railway history and the people that made it all possible. Learn about the Native Americans who once followed herds of buffalo across the land and the coal mining industry that resulted in the modern-day settlement. The museum is set within a charming old railway building and features an engaging selection of old photographs and artifacts for visitors to peruse.

For one of the best views in the area, make the short drive outside of town to the Bee Rock Overlook, which can be accessed along an easy trail. It offers sweeping panoramas across the Cumberland Plateau while also being a local hub for rock climbing. It’s the perfect place to stop for a picnic and a quick stretch of the legs if you’re traveling along the road to Sparta or heading south to explore the history of Bon Air at the DeRossett Railroad Section House Museum.

Monterey also makes a good base for visiting Nashville, which is renowned for its associations with country music. Just a 90-minute drive will see you at the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Johnny Cash Museum or settling in for a live music performance at the Grand Ole Opry. But Nashville’s not only about music, with an excellent choice of family-friendly attractions that include the Adventure Science Center and the Tennessee State Museum.

Monterey has a supermarket where you can shop for groceries, as well as a couple of eateries for dining out. There is also a gas station if you want to fill up your campervan rental in Monterey.

Whether you’re visiting Putnam County for its recreational pursuits or proximity to Nashville, book an RV in Monterey and start planning your next adventure.

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