As the last few weeks of summer come to a close, we begin to look forward to the changing of the leaves and cooler temperatures here in East Tennessee. We can think of no better Fall activity than camping in the beautiful Lakeside of the Smokies. When most people think of camping, they imagine a secluded section of forest with a tent and no modern conveniences. However, newer campsites have lots of additional amenities like pools, firepits, outdoor games, and fishing. Today, we are going to focus on some great spots in East Tennessee to glamp, RV, or pitch a tent this fall!  
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Waterscape Glamping Resort

First on our list is Waterscape Glamping Resort overlooking Douglas Lake. Glamping or glamorous camping allows visitors to enjoy the beauty and peacefulness of nature while still having access to  . At Waterscape you will be set up in a lakeside safari tent with king size bed, private ensuite bathroom, and air conditioning. The resort also features a firepit, grill station, outdoor coffee station, and a lakeside beach with chairs. Book your stay here.  
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Forest Grove RV Park

Next up on our list is Forest Grove RV Resort. Set to open this fall, this campground is 200 acres with 300 planned RV spots and 100 planned cabins. Each RV spot will have Wi-Fi, cable, water, and sewer hook ups. Other accommodations include:
  • Café with an in-house butcher shop
  • Convenience Market
  • Four Bath Houses
  • Fires pits
  • BBQ Grills
  • Pool with 4 waterslides
  • Toddler Splash Pad
  • Basketball & Volleyball Courts
  • Dog Park
  • Cornhole Boards
  • Arcade
  • 3 Mile Hiking Trail
  • Catch & Release Pond
Just minutes from Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, you will have endless options for family fun. For more information or to join the waitlist, visit
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Inspiration Point Campground

Boasting unbelievable lake views, Inspiration Point Campground is situated right on Douglas Lake. Not only are there several RV spots and three cabins, but Inspiration Point has a marina with boat dock to enjoy fishing and water sports. Inspiration Point features an onsite spa, coffee bar, and free breakfast. We can think of nothing better than spending time around the fire pit eating ‘smores after a fun day on the lake or exploring the Smokies.  
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Anchor Down RV Resort

“The Premier Douglas Lake RV Resort” is packed full of activities and RV spots to soak in all the Lakeside of the Smokies has to offer. With loads of amenities, it’s hard to pick the best, but here are a few:
  • Basketball and Pickleball Courts
  • Bath House with Private Bathrooms
  • Beach Area and Volleyball
  • Campground Store and Café
  • Fire Pits and Outdoor Fireplaces
  • Covered Pavilions with BBQ Grills
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Pet Park and Pet Friendly Stations
  • Golf Car Rentals
  • Lake Swimming with Paddleboards, Kayaks, Inflatables, and Life Jacket Rentals
  • Fishing and Fishing Trails
  • Pool with Waterslide and Kiddie Pool
  • Boat Ramp and Boat Rentals
Douglas Lake provides an amazing setting for this RV Park. Visit them online for park policies, the sitemap or to make a reservation.
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Cherokee Dam Campground 

Cherokee Dam Campground is on the south side of the TVA Cherokee Dam. The campground features a bath house and forty-four campsites. All but five primitive sites have electrical and water hook ups. Each site has a picnic table and fire pit/grill and has stunning views of the lake and mountains. Cherokee Dam Campground has one day use site with public boat ramp, swimming area with picnic tables, and a pavilion. To reserve an extended stay or one day use site, click here.
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Barndominims at Cedar Pond Farm 

Ever dreamed of staying at a barndomium like you have seen on your favorite home shows? Cedar Pond Farms in New Market, TN will have several barndominium style spaces that are perfect for a romantic weekend getaway, or for a whole family reunion! Set to open this fall, the exterior of the bardominuims are inspired by classic Swiss Chalets, but have a very modern European touch on the inside, including Google Home, contemporary and fully stocked kitchens, and even a “vapor fire place” that will wow you and your guests. Cedar Pond Farm also has small cabins and tiny homes on the property overlooking their catfish pond and fields that are perfect for guests who are attending onsite weddings, family reunions, school trips, or event corporate events. Learn more at

Glamping, Camping and RVing in Jefferson County, Tennessee

No matter which outdoor camping experience you choose, fall provides a magical backdrop of changing leaves and crisp air. Whether you’re glamping, camping, or RVing, the season offers a chance to disconnect from the ordinary and immerse yourself in all the beauty of nature. Here in Lakeside of the Smokies, we have several great options for your fall camping adventure. Want to mix camping and sightseeing? Check out our historical sites, scenic trails, or guided fishing tours when you’re visiting. While in town, visit local shops for a perfect souvenir or stop by one of a great restaurants before heading back to lounge by the campfire. We encourage you to take in all Jefferson County has to offer- see you soon!