Tims Ford State Park is considered one of the most picturesque state parks in all of Tennessee, located in the south-central part of the state, in the Cumberland Plateau. The park sits on the northern shore of Tims Ford Lake, making it a popular recreational area and fisher’s paradise. Renting an RV is one of the best ways to explore this region and its fine offerings. Not very far from the cities of Tullahoma and Sewanee, it’s a great weekend retreat, book an RV in Franklin County to make the most of this outdoor delight.
Historically, Native Americans used the area for hunting and fishing. Excavated archaeological remains pointed in the direction of several artifacts and occupational sites, some dating as far back as 10,000 to 12,000 years ago. The state park was established in 1978, and today it’s a perfect escape into the wilderness, offering scenic views, varied wildlife habitats, and plenty of recreational activities.
The main draw to the state park is the mighty Tims Ford Lake, and when camping at Tims Ford State Park, plan your stay around the lake’s water activities, including fishing and boating. The lake offers round-the-year fishing opportunities and is known to abound in smallmouth bass, striped bass, crappie, catfish, largemouth bass and bluegill. If you’re a professional angler, sign up for one of the many fishing tournaments held on the lake. The Lakeview Marina can be accessed for bait and a cleaning station for your catch.
For boating, use one of the eight boat ramps around the lake. Boat rentals and fishing supplies are available at the Lakeview Marina inside the park.
Tims Ford State Park campers can check out over 27 miles of trails, used for hiking and biking. About six and half miles of unpaved hiking trails, ranging from easy to moderate and difficult, are available for hikers. Try the Lost Creek Overlook Trail, covering about 1.3 miles. Overlook Trail is ADA accessible and covers a mile. For a difficult trail, try the six-mile-long Ray Branch Shoreline Trail. Bikers can attempt the 16-mile long bike trail along the shoreline of the Tims Ford Reservoir.
For golfers, Bear Trace is widely acclaimed as a golfing spot. The 18-hole course is known for its excellent balance of challenge and playability.
Camping at Tims Ford State Park
Tims Ford State Park camping areas come equipped with well-stocked camping sites. The Main campground has about 52 RV and tent campsites, with 30 AMP electric service and water hookups. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring with grill. Sewers, a dump station, restrooms, showers, and a camp store are available too. The site has a big playground for kids to run around in. Pets are welcome at the site but must be vaccinated and kept on a 6-foot leash. The Main campground also provides two ADA-accessible sites.
If you wish, choose to park your RV rental at Tims Ford State Park’s other campground, Fairview Devil’s Step Campground, about eight miles from the main campground. There are over 80 sites available here with 20, 30 and 50 AMP electrical hookups and water hookups. Picnic tables and fire grills are available at each site, while some of the sites have sewer hook-ups. There’s also a centrally located dump station, and bathhouse with hot showers.
If you’re looking for a place to camp in an RV near Tims Ford State Park, try the Tim’s Ford Marina and Resort in Winchester, about 10 miles from the park. It’s a small site with about 30 spots offering full-hookups, electric service at 30 and 50 AMP, sewers, water, restrooms, and showers.
Exploring the Area
The Tims Ford Lake region is teeming with natural beauty, and not very far from this natural oasis is the city of Winchester. Consider a stop at this quaint city before you drive off in your RV rental after your camping trip at the state park. The historic Downtown of Winchester has a number of quaint shops and restaurants, while the main attraction is the Franklin County Courthouse, an impressive structure built in Art Deco style of the 1900’s.
Catch a movie at the Oldham Theater, a family-owned theater that’s been restored to its 1950’s glory! If you’re one for antique memorabilia, stop by at the Winchester Antique Mall where you can chance upon antiques, collectibles, Civil War prints, fishing lures and memorabilia, Franklin county arts, and crafts, frames and jewelry, among other hidden gems.
Within walking distance of downtown Winchester is the Old Jail Museum that houses a collection of amazing artifacts from the Civil War pioneer eras. You wouldn’t want to miss a visit to this unique time capsule.
Winchester is also know for its many distilleries; check out the country’s oldest registered distillery, the Jack Daniel’s Distillery. Personal tours around the distillery are highly recommended. Other distilleries worth checking out are the Prichard’s Distillery and the George Dickel Distillery.
When it comes to food, you’re in the right place for some great southern comfort food. Try out one of the many eateries serving up great Southern cooking! There's bound to be something for everyone's taste buds.