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Hammock-Only Campground Opens In Tennessee

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A brand-new camping area in Kingsport allows you to set up your hammock and sleep under the stars, a report said.

You’ll be able to do this at the first hammock-only campground in Tennessee.

“Put a hammock in the tree and a rain fly up, and that’s it. You don’t have to have tent poles or things like that. It’s a lot lighter weight way to experience nature,” said Sarah Leedy, the manager of Warrior’s Path State Park.

The park is home to the brand-new Cedar Ridge Hammock Campground.

The campground that opened in April this year can accommodate as many as 72 hammocks at five sites adjacent to each other.

Photo Courtesy of Tennessee State Parks

“You have to bring your own hammock,” said Leedy. “If you’re in the neighborhood and you think, ‘I would really like to try hammock camping,’ in our camp store, we’ll sell you everything you need. “

A lot of effort and ingenuity went into creating the site, which is made up of parts of the state park after a winter storm in 2018 destroyed nearly all of its cedar trees.

The trees are now hammock posts that have been trimmed and coated with a weatherproof coat.

Old grill handles are fixed to the posts for hanging lanterns.

“This project, the Cedar Ridge hammock area, won Excellence in Innovation in Tennessee State Parks for 2021,” said Leedy. “That’s a big deal.”

Warriors’ Path State Park is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes far from Knoxville.
Reservations are required and must be made online here.

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