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part ofCherokee National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates


Located in the Chilhowee Recreation Area, Chilhowee Group Camp offers camping for up to 75 individuals. Nearby McKamy Lake offers a swim area with a sandy beach and fishing from the bank. On the drive up to the campground, stop at one of the many observation overlooks to enjoy the beautiful mountains. Wildlife is abundant in this area, so have your camera ready and tread lightly.

Natural Features:

The campground is located near the top of Chilhowee Mountain at an elevation of 2,000 feet. It is in a mixed hardwood and pine forest and the lake is a short walk from the group camp.


Within the recreation area are approximately 25 miles of hiking and biking trails including the Chilhowee Trails System. Chilhowee Group camp is an excellent location for wildlife viewing and accessing a nearby scenic waterfall. Fishing is available on the seven-acre McKamy Lake. Boats are allowed, but gasoline motors are not.


The group camp includes a large open area with picnic tables and a grill as well as an RV site with electric hook up. Camp sites are scattered through the trees surrounding the RV site. Within the group site itself, a waterless vault toilet is available year-round. During the warmer months, (typically April-October), a bathhouse with flushing toilets and showers is available nearby.

Both the beach and many trails are located within a short walking distance of the site.

Drinking water is available near the entrance to the group site.

Nearby Attractions:

In addition to the immediate local activities, world class whitewater rafting opportunities are nearby on the Ocoee and Hiwassee Rivers.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Swimming
  • Amphitheater
  • Day Use Area
  • Dump Station
  • Group Camping
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Swimming
  • Vault Toilets
Within 10 Miles
  • Scenic Overlooks
Know Before You Go
  • The nearest restaurants and or stores for purchasing supplies are about 14 miles from the campground.
  • Campground hosts are on site.
  • Pets must be on a leash and are not allowed on the beach.
  • Bears, though not frequent, are possible in this area, please store food appropriately.
    • Don't Move Firewood: Help protect our forests! Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood at or near your destination and burning it on-site. Moving firewood is illegal in some states. Visit dontmovefirewood.org to learn more.

    Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    35.15361, -84.60889
    35°9'13"N, 84°36'32"W

    From Highway 64/411 intersection, travel east 7 miles, turn onto Forest Road 77, drive 7.5 miles to campground/recreation area.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    3171 Highway 64 East
    Benton  TN  37307

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (423)338-3300
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