Horse Creek Pavilion Day Use

Cherokee National Forest

Horse Creek Pavilion is located eight miles from Greeneville, Tennessee. It is nestled into a hardwood cove beside its namesake, Horse Creek. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) constructed the pavilion during the 1930s.

The picnic pavilion has three tables and a paved parking area nearby. A large grill and water source is located at the pavilion. Additional tables are located nearby, as are trash containers and a pit toilet. The walkways and many of the sites are accessible; however the restroom has limited accessibility.

Need to Know

Natural Features

Horse Creek Pavilion is located close to Horse Creek and adjacent to Sampson Mountain Wilderness. It is located at the base of the Bald Mountains at an elevation of 1,720 feet.

Nearby Attractions

Horse Creek is located near historic Greeneville, Tennessee, home of Andrew Johnson, 17th President of the U.S. Tusculum College is located nearby. Founded in 1794, it is the oldest College in Tennessee. The Andrew Johnson Homestead and several museums are located in Greeneville/Tusculum. Hotels, restaurants, grocery stores and gas stations are nearby.


Hiking, water-play and fishing are popular activities. Scarlet Oak Trail (#181) is a .2 mile leg-stretcher through the forest bordering the recreation area. A more primitive hiking experience is available on three trails located in the nearby Sampson Mountain Wilderness. A small campground and more picnic sites are located in Horse Creek Recreation Area.

Contact Information


4900 Asheville Highway Greeneville Tennessee 37743

Phone Number

For campground inquiries, please call: (423)638-4109

Rental Options

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Driving Directions

From Greeneville, take TN 107 north for six miles. Turn right at Horse Creek Road and follow the signs for about two miles to the recreation area.

Available Campsites

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