Big South Fork National Recreation Area offers some of Tennessee's most wild and rugged territory. Just over an hour from downtown Knoxville, this nationally significant area is an unforgettable place and a must-see destination. The area has everything from camping, hiking, mountain biking and trail running, to white water kayaking and horseback riding. There are over 180 miles of trails that take you to the area's many natural arches, waterfalls, and overlooks.
Elkmont Campground is the largest campground in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The beautiful Little River runs directly through the center of the campground, offering campers the option of camping next to the river. Sitting at a very central location, the campground is just over 20 miles from both Clingmans Dome and Cades Cove.
Virgin Falls Pocket Wilderness is one of the most unusual waterfall hikes (four falls on a 9-mile loop) within driving distance of Chattanooga. Along the way, you'll find subterranean tributaries, a cenote that turns into a high-volume 110 foot falls, and excellent camping.