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LILLYDALE CAMPGROUND AND DAY USE, TN

part ofDale Hollow Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Photo: LILLYDALE CAMPGROUND AND DAY USE
Status: Closed through Thu Apr 30 2015   Season Dates
 

Overview

Lillydale Campground and Recreation Area is located along the shores of Dale Hollow Lake in the hills of Tennessee.

Natural Features:

Dale Hollow Dam and Lake was completed in 1943. Although the dam was built for flood control and power generation, it has now become a recreational oasis for more than 3 million visitors each year.

The dam is located on the Obey River, about 3 miles east of Celina, Tennessee. Surrounded by a thick expanse of forest, the clear blue lake creates a stunning scenic backdrop for a variety of water and land recreational activities.

Centrally located on Dale Hollow near the Tennessee-Kentucky State boarder, Lillydale was named one of the National Recreation Reservation Service's Top Ten Most Scenic Campgrounds to visit.

In the late fall through early spring, the American Bald Eagle can be spotted flying overhead or perched on low-lying limbs. Dale Hollow hosts the second-largest wintering eagle population in the states of Tennessee and Kentucky. For a short time surrounding the Labor Day holiday, Purple Martins put on quite a show as thousands of these birds darken the evening sky. Needing to roost, they are using the small island adjacent to Lillydale campground as a layover during their migration south.

Recreation:

Dale Hollow is renowned for its fishing opportunities. In addition to yielding the world record smallmouth bass and being known as a trophy smallmouth lake, the Obey River below Dale Hollow Dam is also known for excellent rainbow and brown trout fishing.

Boating and water skiing are also popular activities, and with 27,700 surface acres of water and 620 miles of shoreline, there is plenty of space for campers to explore the lake. Secluded tie-ups are located around the shore, offering campers a peaceful nature experience.

The campground is surrounded by a dense canopy of forest, and a hiking trail snakes through the landscape and along the lake shore. Lillydale hosts the best lake view of any campground on Dale Hollow Lake, with the most waterfront campsites.

The Accordian Bluff Hiking Trail is a 7.5 mile one-way trail that ascends to a ridge-top and back down to the shoreline of Dale Hollow Lake. The trail is ideal for birders and wildflower enthusiasts. This trail connects both Lillydale and Willow Grove Campgrounds and can be accessed via the trailhead located at the campground.

Facilities:

Lillydale Campground features 114 campsites and one large group picnic shelter. Electric hookups, drinking water, flush toilets and a dump station all create a comfortable camping experience.

Two boat ramps, two volleyball courts and two swimming beaches offer additional recreational opportunities.

Nearby Attractions:

The Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery is located about 32 miles from the campground. Operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the hatchery is the largest federal trout hatchery east of the Mississippi, producing 1.5 million trout annually. The hatchery is open to visitors daily.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Amphitheater
  • Basketball Courts
  • Beach Access
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Entrance Station
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Parking Area
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Playground
  • Portable Toilets
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Trails
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Volleyball Courts
  • Water
Know Before You Go
  • Bring a printed copy of your confirmation letter to the campground
  • Two vehicles per campsite
  • $3 fee for visitors of campers
  • Firewood quarantines are in effect. Firewood from outside the area is not permitted. Help protect our forests by purchasing or collecting firewood at or near your camping destination and burning it on-site. Click Herefor more information.
  • Only licensed vehicles are permitted
  • Gates are locked from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. Plan your arrival accordingly. Campers who arrive after 10 p.m. must park outside the gates and register in the morning.
  • There is a $4 per vehicle fee for the day-use area
  • The manager's office can be reached at 931-243-3136 during the closed season
  • Alcohol is not permitted
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect your forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
36.60444, -85.3025
36°36'16"N, 85°18'9"W

From Byrdstown, Tennessee, take Highway 111 south for about 13 miles. Turn north on 294/Willow Grove Road and continue for another 13 miles, then turn right onto Lillydale Road and continue to the entrance.

It is recommended that visitors do not rely on GPS or Mapquest to reach the park.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

LILLYDALE CAMPGROUND AND DAY USE
985 LILLYDALE ROAD
ALLONS  TN  38541

Phone Number:

Information:  (931)823-4155
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