CHATTANOOGA AREA CAMPING?

Discussion in 'Campground / Trip Planning & Suggestions ?' started by 519-citrus, Apr 23, 2011.

  1. 519-citrus

    519-citrus New Member

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    Hey guys and gals, we need your help. The end of June and Through July 4th we are planning a trip to Chattanooga / North Georgia area, we don't know any good campgrounds and would love to hear your suggestions. We are familiar with the area , however we have never CAMPED there before. I hope some of you can suggest great campgrounds in the area. Thanks in advance!!!!
     
  2. Wysiwyg

    Wysiwyg "Failure is not an option"

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    On our last trip to Chattanooga, we stayed at Cloudland Canyon State Park. Close enough for an easy drive into Chattanooga, but far enough out to avoid the crowds. Beautiful park with large sites. It is in Georgia.
     
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    I love Cloudland Canyon!
     
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    micbur Working on "Camp Burton"...Opening Soon!

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    Just my [2C] about Cloudland Canyon SP...first met me say we love this park and it was where we went on our very first trip in our PUP. There is an East Rim camping area and a West Rim camping area. The east rim looks more like a private type CG where the sites are very close to each other and the area is open and can see across the CG from one side to the other. The west rim is more wooded and the sites are seperated with more plants and trees. We have stayed in both areas and much prefer the west rim.

    Either way I highly recommend camping at this park.
     
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    Thanks, we will check out Cloudland Canyon later tonight (after the kids go to bed). Please keep the suggestions flowing. Anyone know anything about Cherokee North Carolina? I understand it's not too far from Chattanooga and was told there were lots of great activities and campgrounds there.
     
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    I have no CG suggestions in Chattanooga but my Grandparents use to take us camping near Chattanooga way back before automobiles... j/k. I have wonderful memories camping with them. It's beautiful country!
     
  7. Clueless

    Clueless I use to have a handle on life but it broke.

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    I'm no help for anything about Chattanooga area but if you do go to Cherokee and you have little ones you might want to take them to Santa land while you're there. It's kind of an old throw back from the 60's - 70's kinda park. A little cheesy but our grand daughters love it there. I'm not up on the camping in that area as we are just now getting back into camping but I know that area is full of camp grounds. And a little futher up the road is Dolly Wood / Pigeon Forge. If you go to that area, take the family for a nice day ride through Cades cove or better yet try to camp there! Lot's of deer and bear and you WILL see them so watch you picnic basket. lol
    Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are very expensive places so bring lots of money if you hit any of the amusement / tourist stuff.
     
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    Cherokee is fairly close to Chattanooga as the crow flies, but it's probably three hours or so by road. And to me, it's the pits. A tourist trap with decaying infrastructure, and a new casino. Many of the poor Cherokee people find that most Americans know nothing about their culture, so they dress in headresses like Plains indians (the Cherokee wore something more like turbans), and they sell tomohawks, moccasins, Navajo fry bread, etc.

    If you absolutely must go, visit the Museum of the Cherokee, see their marvelous craft shop, or take in the outdoor drama "Unto These Hills" to learn something about the REAL history of this amazing people.

    Best campground in the Cherokee area to me is Smokemont, about ten minutes into Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

    Incidentally, Cloudland Canyon is south of Chattanooga and up on Lookout Mountain in Georgia. If you're looking for nice campgrounds near the city itself, consider Harrison Bay State Park or Chester Frost County Park, both of which are located on Chickamauga Lake, one of the TVA lakes on the Tennessee River.
     

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