Campgrounds–UltraBasic to Ultimate
Bringing your own lodging? Yes, we have campgrounds in the Nashville area but all are 10+ miles from downtown.
Let’s start with commercial operations followed by government-owned properties. I’ve never stayed at any of them but here’s my research. (Photo credit: Elm Hill RV Resort)
With three operations practically adjoining each other, it has the greatest concentration of sites in the Nashville area.
No tents or cabins here–just RVs. Good Sam Club discount off the 30AMP full hook-up price of $65/night.
Amenities include a pool, game room, playground, bathhouses, free Wi-Fi, HD cable, shuttle service to downtown on the hour and half hour, pets allowed, seasonal entertainment on site.
Whether you’re traveling with an RV, pitching a tent or want to stay in one of its cabins, Nashville KOA is ready to accommodate. Amenities include big-rig friendly pads, pool, hot tub, playground, bike rentals, downtown shuttle, live music poolside, outdoor games including pickleball, bowling and bocce. The cabins range from the no-shower, no-kitchen sleeping model to deluxe cabins sleep up to 8 people with 1 1/2 baths and a full kitchen.
Like the KOA, this resort offers RV hook-ups and tent sites as well as a variety of cabins Among its amenities: Wi-Fi, cable, pool, mini-golf, dog park, playground, laundry room. Transportation tip: Don’t wanna hassle with downtown driving? For an additional fee, Grayline offers shuttle service to and from downtown.
Good to know: Camping World has a location just down the road should you need repairs or accessories.
A Little Farther from Town
Nashville. With 131 lakeside RV hook-ups on Percy Priest Lake, water-lovers should feel right at home. Amenities include a sanded beach, pool, fire pits, picnic tables, dock, and playground. WiFi and cable are included in rental price. Boat, kayak and paddleboat rental onsite.
Hermitage. This multi-faceted facility with 81 sites is also home to a real-deal water park, marina and high-elements ropes course. Concrete pads can accommodate everything from pop-ups to Class A. Papa Turney’s, the onsite restaurant/juke joint, gets high marks for its barbecue. Price range: $70-100/night.
Goodlettsville. Family-owned and -operated, this 13-acre park offers easy access to I-65. Amenities include a general store, laundry facility, picnic areaTheir restaurant serves breakfast and dinner. Live music nightly. Useless detail: the site was a saddle club when I was a kid.
Smyrna. A Good Sam Club member, it’s about 30 minutes southeast drive of downtown. Amenities include WiFi, pool, fire rings, playground, laundry, bathhouses and rec room. Daily rates start at $39 for RV hookups. Tent sites too.
Antioch, southeast of Nashville. Located on Percy Priest Lake, the resort rents tiny homes, aqua lodges and 5th-wheels in addition to concrete pads. No pop-ups or tents allowed. There’s a marina with boat rentals a short walk away.
Amenities: High-speed WiFi, cable, beach, camp store, laundry room, restaurant (in season), firepit and picnic table on each site.
State/Federally Owned Campgrounds
Typically you’ll find lower rates due to fewer amenities but the natural surroundings are wonderful.
Nashville. Right on Percy Priest Lake, these shady 37 sites feature electric hookups, boat ramp access, picnic tables, playgrouond, a bathhouse and a fire pit. Rates: $22-32/night.
Hermitage. Offers 59 spacious, shaded sites for RVs and tents on Percy Priest Lake. Amenities include hot showers, a swimming beach, boat ramp and a dump station. Two picnic shelters. There’s a nature trail nearby. Rates range from $28-50 per night.
Mt. Juliet. With 60 campsites adjacent to Old Hickory Lake, facilities include a electric and water hookups, a laundry room, hot showers and a playground. Rates are $30-50/night.
Gallatin. Approximately 25 miles from Nashville, all sites have water and electrical hookups; four meet accessibility standards. On Old Hickory Lake, there’s a boat ramp, fishing dock, laundry facility and bathhouse onsite.
LaVergne. On Percy Priest Lake, Poole Knobs has 87 individual sites and a group camping area. Amenities include drinking water, a bathhouse, and a boat ramp. Rates start at $22/night for nonelectrical sites.
Lebanon. A 40-minute drive east of Nashville, Cedars of Lebanon has three camping areas for total of 117 sites. All have water and electric hook-ups as well as picnic tables and grills. There’s a splash pad for the kiddos. Playing disc golf among the cedar groves is pretty fun. Rates start at $23/night.
Dickson. Approximately 35 miles west of Nashville, Montgomery Bell offers 109 campsites, including 40 with water, electrical and sewer hook-up. An additional 47 sites have water and electrical hook-ups. I’ve stayed at one of the 22 tent-only sites where the kiddos loved playing in the creek. The campground can accommodate up to 60′ campers on most electrical sites. Enjoyed eating at the Inn’s restaurant several times.