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Posted 01/15/2023 in Tims Ford Lake Activities

Tims Ford Campground


Tims Ford Campground

Tims Ford Campground


There are many Tims Ford State Park Campgrounds surrounding Tims Ford Lake.  In fact, there is Tims Ford State Park camping available on each of the islands within Tims Ford Lake as well.


We'll dive into the Tims Ford State Park Camping so you have a better idea what is the best place to camp.



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Tims Ford State Park Campground



Tims Ford State Park Camping


There are four Tims Ford Campgrounds with a total of 168 Tims Ford camping sites run by the state park (not including the islands).  These all have facilities for tent camping and most have RV camping available as well.  Reservations are required throughout the year. During the summer months you are limited to 14 days and winter you can stay for up to a month.  See the Tims Ford State Park camping reservations site for more details. These are listed below.


  • Tims Ford Turkey Creek Campground


The Tims Ford State Park Camping at Turkey Creek is located on the northwestern portion of the lake.  There is a boat ramp at this location as well according to the Tims Ford Lake Map and fishing areas. This location is only for tent camping and has 20 sites with a fire ring and picnic table. There is a bath house onsite.

 Tims Ford State Park Camping at Turkey Creek Tims Ford Campground at Turkey Creek


The campground is located approximately 9 miles north of the main Tims Ford State Park Campground but is close to Lynchburg TN and Jack Daniels Distillery


Tims Ford State Park Campground at Turkey CreekTims Ford State Park Campground at Turkey Creek



  • Tims Ford State Park Campground


The Tms Ford State Park Campground is the largest of all of the Tims Ford State Park Camping areas and offer the most amenities.   Located on Tims Ford State park, this is conveniently located to two marinas, a boat ramp, numerous hiking trails and biking trails on Tims Ford State Park, as well as a 20 minute or so drive to either Winchester TN and Lynchburg TN.



The Tims Ford State Park campground is surrounded by trees, meandering paths, bike paths and more. 


Tims Ford State Park CampgroundTims Ford State Park Campground


Make sure to check out the ice cream at the Lakeview Marina (within the park) which is a short bike ride or walk from the campground.  


We've written an article about Tims Ford State Park that can be helpful.


  • Fairview Devil Step Campground  || Tims Ford Fairview Campground 

Tims Ford Fairview Devil Step Campground is also known as the Tims Ford Fairview Campground is located by the Devils Step Boat Ramp. The campground is on a peninsula that has 3 sides surrounded by water.


Fairview Devil Step Campground on Tims Ford LakeFairview Devil Step Campground on Tims Ford Lake


There are 82 campsites at this Tims Ford State Park Camping location and most have electrical and water hookups, though the amps vary by site from 20, 30 or 50 amps.  31 of the sites have sewer hookups also.  There are is a bath house with hot and cold water, and wifi is available.  

This Tims Ford camping location is in an ideal spot which is close to downtown Winchester TN and the boat ramp, and on the water.  Additionally, there is a beautiful 2 mile hiking trail that meanders by the water called the Boiling Fork trail that has a trailhead from the campground.


Tims Ford Camping - Boiling Fork TrailTims Ford Camping - view from the Boiling Fork Trail



Tims Ford Campgrounds on Tims Ford Lake Islands


The islands are a Tims Ford State Park campground that you can paddle in to or get dropped off on.  Reservations are required for these Tims Ford camping sites which are all 100% primitive.  What you bring in you must bring out.  Leatherwood Island does have a port-a-potty while the other islands do not.   That means there are no amenities -- is that bad? 


Well you will likely get a full island to yourself in the middle of the lake.  How amazing!



An example of Tims Ford camping on the lake islands is the photo below of the primitive site of the Maple Bend Island.  Right on the water!

Tims Ford camping on Maple Bend IslandTims Ford Camping on Maple Bend Island

Pricing varies for the all of the Tims Ford Campgrounds but generally is very reasonable.



Commercial Tims Ford Campgrounds

There are a handful of campgrounds that are not a Tims Ford State Park campground -- they are all run by commercial businesses.  

  • The Forest At Tims Ford Campground

    The Forrest at Tims Ford Campground is new as of 2023 .  It is purely an RV campground with the amenities allowing RVs to camp just by Tims Ford State Campground and state park.  The campground is on 50 acres and has 74 concrete pads for RVs set amongst the trees.  They have Wifi, a dog park, and 20 tent camping areas as well.


  • Tims Ford Marina Campground


Tims Ford Marina campground has many sites that overlook the water. This is one of the Tims Ford Campgrounds where some people have their RV there all year long


Related Questions to Camping at Tims Ford Lake


Q.  What are the things to do at Tims Ford Lake?

A.  There are countless things to do on and by Tims Ford Lake -- check out our article, Things to do In the Tims Ford Lake Area

Q.  What Cities are Close to Tims Ford Lake?

A.  There are multiple cities by Tims Ford Lake -- the largest or most popular include Lynchburg TN (home of Jack Daniels Distillery) , Winchester TN (a quaint 1800's era town with a beautiful town square), and Tullahoma TN (the largest of the towns in the area but still quite small)


Q.  What is the History of Tims Ford Lake?

A.  Tims Ford Lake was created in 1971 when the dam on the Elk River was closed, and the lake began to fill. The work began in 1966.  You can learn more about the history of TIms Ford Lake here.  And learn about the Town Under Tims Ford Lake - Awalt
 

Q. What is the History of Tims Ford State Park?

A.  Tims Ford State Park was established once the Tims Ford Lake was filled.  It continued to expand over the years.  Today it includes miles of hiking and biking trails, multiple tent and RV campgrounds, 6 islands on the lake, a ranger station, a marina, cabins to rent, and more.  Learn more about the history of Tims Ford State Park here.


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