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TVA Campgrounds Closed for Winter, to Reopen Spring 2024

As the chill of winter approaches, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has announced the seasonal closure of its six renowned campgrounds, starting today and extending until March 15, 2024. 

This decision, part of TVA’s annual operational routine, marks a temporary pause in the bustling activity that these campgrounds typically see.

The TVA has been a steward of multiple recreational sites across the Tennessee Valley. The affected campgrounds are Cherokee Dam, Douglas Dam Headwater, Douglas Dam Tailwater, Melton Hill Dam, Watauga Dam, and Pickwick Dam. Each site, with its unique landscape and amenities, has drawn visitors from near and far, contributing significantly to the local outdoor recreation scene.

Cherokee Dam Campground, located near Jefferson City, offers a variety of amenities including a picnic pavilion, a basketball court, and a playground, making it an ideal spot for family gatherings and reunions. 

The Douglas Dam Headwater and Tailwater Campgrounds near Sevierville, provide unique experiences; the Headwater Campground features several boat ramps for prime bass fishing in the Valley, while the Tailwater Campground is conveniently located near the Great Smoky Mountains. 

Melton Hill Campground, situated near Lenoir City, combines advanced energy-efficient facilities with a picturesque natural environment, serving as a TVA demonstration site for learning about energy efficiency. 

Near Savannah, the Pickwick Dam Campground is set by the Pickwick Reservoir, known for its superb sport-fishing spots, including smallmouth bass and catfish near the Wilson Dam tailwater. This area is also favored for boating and water skiing activities. 

Lastly, the Watauga Campground near Elizabethton, is notable for its intersection with the Appalachian Trail, offering exceptional hiking opportunities.

TVA ensures that their day-use recreation areas on dam reservations remain open, offering activities like hiking, fishing, and wildlife viewing, thus continuing to cater to outdoor enthusiasts throughout the winter months.

As per a report, TVA will begin taking reservations online December 1 for the 2024 camping season through Vista Recreation, which operates the campgrounds for TVA.

“The range of amenities and the beauty of their settings continue to make TVA campgrounds a popular recreation option for visitors from the Valley region and tourists alike,” said Senior Manager Anthony Summitt, TVA Natural Resources and Recreation Management. 

“In fact, visitors give our campgrounds a rating of 4.9 out of 5. That’s a result of our partnership with Vista Recreation and our shared efforts to maximize the campground experience for everyone.”

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Finn Harbor
Finn Harbor
March 13, 2024 4:21 am

Hey fellow outdoor lovers! Ever wondered what to do in the winter when some TVA campgrounds close? No worries! There are still amazing spots for hiking and fishing at other TVA areas. So, grab your gear, bundle up, and let’s embrace the winter vibes with some outdoor fun!

March 18, 2024 3:00 pm

With the TVA campgrounds cozying up for winter, why not soak in the peaceful Tennessee Valley vibes through some winter hikes and fishing at the dam reservations? Imagine the beauty in a whole new season! Let’s mark our calendars for the exciting spring reopening of these treasured campgrounds. Nature’s calling, promising us renewed spirits and unforgettable moments amidst the blossoming days ahead. Let’s embrace this journey together!


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