Watauga Dam Campground

Watauga Dam Campground is located nearby Elizabethton, TN, which is situated in the far northeast corner of the state. The campground is named after the lake that is found just to the southwest of it and sits only about 30 miles from the borders it shares with both North Carolina, to the east, and Virginia, to the north. Johnson City is the nearest larger town, and the city is found around 30 miles to the east, while the nearest large city is Knoxville, at around 120 miles to the west.The campground features quite a few RV sites, and some sit right along the Watauga River, which feeds into the nearby lake. The campsites offer varying hookups. There is a camp store on-site if you find you've run out of any supplies. There are also plenty of grocery stores and gas stations in Elizabethton when you need to restock. Many locally-owned restaurants are also located in the downtown area. With a stay at this family-friendly campground in northeastern Tennessee, it should be no problem to locate any services you may be in need of.Watauga Dam Campground is situated within the wooded hillsides on the western edge of the Appalachian Mountain Range. The park actually sits above the lake, and there is an overlook nearby that offers expansive views of the water below. There is also water access offered via the park. The campground provides bathrooms and showers and is also pet-friendly. It is open the middle of March through the middle of November, and it allows for stays that are both short and lengthy in duration. Camping with an RV in this part of the state makes it easy to enjoy all the attractions found nearby. There is so much to do within the local area you won't have time to be bored!

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Camping with an RV

Have you ever wanted to sleep at the foot of a mountain or wake up to the sound of the ocean’s waves gently crashing on the shore? When on a road trip, do you like to stop at every weird and wonderful roadside attraction? Do you ever just want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and get out into the great outdoors? Then renting an RV is definitely for you.

Camping in an RV allows you to adventure on your terms. Whether you’re looking to bond over an open fire with family and friends or you just want to get away for a while, there’s no better way to do it than from behind the wheel of an RV.

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The Great Outdoors

Motorhome camping at Watauga Dam Campground will make it easy to participate in a wide range of recreational activities. Watauga Lake was created by the dam on the local river. It provides many opportunities to engage in water-based activities. Boating, fishing, and swimming spots are all popular here. You can also paddle a kayak or canoe along the lake shores, or the river that feeds into it. Depending on how high the flow of water is that is currently being released from the dam, this area is also known to offer opportunities to enjoy rafting.The Cherokee National Forest is located nearby, as well. This is a great place for hiking or enjoying a picnic lunch. There are also scenic drives available here, which are especially popular during the fall months when leaf colors are at their peak. Local wildlife is regularly spotted here, as well.There are all sorts of hiking trails that run through the nearby mountains. They vary in how long and difficult they are. One of the more popular ones is the well-known Appalachian Trail. A portion of this route, that skirts the majority of the eastern seaboard, runs right near the campground. You can enjoy a short, day trip on the trail, or set off for a lengthier expedition.

Exploring the Area

Book an RV in Carter County, and you will find yourself surrounded by activities everyone will find interesting. Should you enjoy shopping for antiques, Elizabethton is the place for you! There are many different shops available throughout town. The downtown area also features a number of historic buildings. RV camping at this campground will put many unique destinations right at your fingertips.There are several historical sites located in Elizabethton. Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park is a location that played an important role in the nation's history during the Revolutionary War. Some of the buildings have been refurbished and are available to view. Many educational events are held here throughout the year, as well. The Elizabethton Covered Bridge crosses a nearby river. The bridge was once open to vehicles, but today, due to safety concerns, it only allows pedestrian traffic. The Carter Mansion and its grounds can also be toured. This is one of the oldest frame houses in the state.There are also some unique attractions in Bristol. Should you like caves, you can tour the Bristol Caverns. Several different tours are offered that highlight the rock formations within the cave, as well as the critters that make their home here. The Birthplace of Country Music Museum is also found in town. It offers two floors that showcase the history of that music genre. Exhibits include some of the bands that first helped make this music popular, such as The Carter Family.When you've been looking for a scenic mountain location, where you can really relax, consider a campsite at Watauga Dam Campground. Go for a boat ride on the lake, learn about local history, or try out your feet on a famous hiking trail. Check out a campervan rental near here and enjoy exploring eastern Tennessee!

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Questions about RVs?


What type of RV should I choose?


Start by determining how many people are planning to travel with you. Going on a solo-journey? Choose a camper van or a teardrop trailer. Bringing the whole family along for the ride? Consider a spacious Class A or five-wheel.

You’ll also want to consider amenities. For example, if you’re planning to cook on the road, you’ll want a kitchenette. If your campground doesn’t have public restrooms, you’ll want to search RVs with bathrooms. Check out full descriptions of our models to help you decide here.


Do the RVs have bathrooms?


Yes. Class A’s, Class B’s, and Class C’s and five-Wheels typically have bathrooms. Depending on where you plan on camping, you’ll want to double-check the availability of restrooms if selecting a rig without a bathroom. Nervous about renting an RV with a bathroom? Owners can help show you how to clean the tank or will offer to do it for you for a fee.


How does check-in work?


Once an Owner approves your RV reservation, you can coordinate a time to pick up your rig or have it delivered to your doorstep or campsite. At that point, the owner will do a key exchange with you and walk you through the RV and answer any questions you might have.