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Chilhowee Recreation Area

Located in the Cherokee National Forest, Chilhowee Campground offers more than 70 campsites, electric hookups, RV sites, tent only sites, and multiple bathhouses.

The campground sits atop Chilhowee Mountain and is in close proximity to Parksville Lake (Ocoee River) and 25 miles of hiking and biking trails. The Big Frog Wilderness, Hiwassee River, and Tanasi trail system are also within an hour’s drive of the campground.

Chilhowee Campground is open from early April to late October, with an overflow area and day use area open year-round. Seven-acre McKamy Lake offers a swim area with a sand beach and fishing from the bank.

Campsites are first-come, first-serve. No reservations.

Related Activities

Hiking, mountain biking, trail running, flat water kayaking and canoeing, fishing, whitewater kayaking and canoeing, rafting

Activity Type

Family, leisure, extreme

Distance from Outdoor Chattanooga

58.4 miles | 1 hr. 27 mins.

GPS Coordinates

35.152249 | -84.609149

Google Map/Chilhowee

Hours/Dates

8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Daily

Contact Information

Ocoee Ranger District

3171 Highway 64

Benton, TN 37307-5823

(423) 338-3300

(423) 338-6577 (Fax)

Chilhowee Recreation Area/Cherokee National Forest Website

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