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Folding Trailer

Trailers you can tow with passenger vehicles or SUVs. A great way to transform average cars into adventure cars.

Fifth-Wheel

Larger trailers that attach to towing vehicles with a gooseneck extension in the truck bed.

Toy Hauler

Living quarters in the front with dedicated space for hauling motorcycles or other “toys” in the back.

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Class C

Popular with small families and first-time RV drivers who want a little more room than a van. Comparable to driving a truck.

Camper Van

The smallest and nimblest of fully enclosed RVs. Drives like a van. Loves posing for Instagram.

Class B

A formal-sounding name for camper van, but just as photogenic.

Class A

Drivers should be comfortable driving bus-sized vehicles and dealing with parking limitations. Great for delivery.

Truck Camper

If you can drive a truck, you can drive a truck camper. Makes roughing it significantly less rough.

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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!

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!

Popular nearby hiking trails and campgrounds


  • Hiking TrailLocation
  • Big Arm, NCCherokee National Forest, TN
  • Laurel Falls Trail, TNHampton, TN
  • Appalachian Trail: Oliver Hollow Road to Watuga Dam, TNHampton, TN
  • Old Dug Trail, TNElizabethton, TN
  • Cardens Bluff Campground Trail, TNHampton, TN
  • Doe River Gorge Trail, TNHampton, TN
  • Chestnut Flats Trail, NCCherokee National Forest, TN
  • Holston Mountain West Trail, NCCherokee National Forest, TN
  • Furnace Branch Trail, NCCherokee National Forest, TN
  • Tweetsie Trail, TNJohnson City, TN

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