The citizens of Tennessee love their camping, so they keep it close by. A majority of Tennessee campgrounds are just outside of Nashville, where much of the population of the state lives.
There are other reasons that most of the camping is within a half hour of Nashville. Two large man made lakes, for example, don't hurt the appeal of camping one bit.
J Percy Priest lake is 15 minutes from downtown Nashville, and provides the city with a host of recreation opportunities from fishing and swimming to boating and horseback riding.
Surrounding the lake, many campgrounds provide vacationers and locals the opportunity to stay within casting distance of the lake, allowing them to fish during the good times at dawn and dusk and enjoy themselves the rest of the day.
The hills rolling through the mid-eastern part of the state provide the setting for Tennessee's other popular group of campgrounds. With lakes and streams running easily down gentle slopes, the setting is idyllic for the kind of camping that gets most people out of their normal routine into a less stressful forest setting and keeps them coming back to their favorite campsites year after year.
The climate could not be better for camping in Tennessee. Tennessee has a mild climate that is warm most of the year and the state is sufficiently inland that your camping trips shouldn't be affected by any extreme weather that comes in off the Atlantic.
The only thing that might ruin your camping trip is showing up to your desired campground and finding it booked up, full to the brim, without anywhere for you to put up your tent, back-up your trailer or park your RV.
There are campgrounds all over the state of Tennessee, but unlike a hotel, you cannot just drive across the street to try the next campground if one is full. Make a reservation ahead of time to make sure that the campground doesn't fill up without you in it and call the campground or a ranger station to make sure that they are open and operating.
Tennessee has got a ton of National Parks and State Parks that are worth exploring on your camping trip. Find more information about them here.
Tennessee National Parks
Tennessee State Parks