Do you love the outdoors but hate how camping makes you ‘rough it’? Are you tired of sleeping in small tents with plenty of bugs and exchanging toilet paper for leaves? Many people now feel this way which is why glamorous camping is becoming more and more popular. Glamping is a new form of camping where the modern amenities we are used are provided.
This ensures that you can actually enjoy the wild. If you are sleeping and eating well, you will be more likely to enjoy the next day’s hike. And at the end of the vacation, you won’t end up feeling exhausted and tired but rather refreshed and rejuvenated.
From posh tree houses to decked-out retro campers, there is a huge variety of glamping campgrounds in Tennessee that you can choose. To get the full experience of glamping, you can choose any of the amazing camps below.
Camp LeConte in Gatlinburg, Tennessee
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The Camp LeConte is adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountains and Gatlinburg which makes it a perfect spot for a glamping trip. The camp is owned by a family and has been operational since 2013.
The hosts love sharing their passion for the great outdoors, which is why they started the whole camp. They have built a lovely campground with a huge variety of possible glamping accommodations including a luxury treehouse, European luxury safari tents, RV sites, and 1960’s retro campers.
For RVs or campers, there are full hook-up sites available with 20, 30 and 50 amp services, cable, free Wi-Fi, water, and sewage hookups. A heated saltwater pool is available for all guests to use, as well as bathing houses.
If you have a bigger family and don’t want to stay in a small camper, you can select the 6 person safari tents at Camp LeConte. They have been imported from Europe and will definitely result in an amazing experience. The safari tent has a queen-sized bed and two bunk beds.
All the linens and blankets are provided by the host, so you will definitely be comfortable. There is also a covered patio with 4 chairs, a porch swing, and a table where you can enjoy watching the gorgeous views around you or have a meal in the fresh air.
A cooler will also be provided with complimentary bottled water and ice so that you can stay cool in the Tennessee heat. The safari tent has heating and cooling systems, so you will never be uncomfortable due to temperatures outside.
The bathhouse is nearby, which means you can have a nice hot shower after a day of adventure; fresh towels and toiletries will also be provided. Outside, there is a fire pit with chairs so that you can enjoy a lovely bonfire at night under the stars. There is also a charcoal grill so that you can whip up some hot meals.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the best place to go if you truly love nature. It has countless trails for hiking where you can choose easy strolls near Gatlinburg or epic hikes deep into the Smokies. You can also go for zip lining tours around the amazing park or select jeep tours. There are also options available for rafting and tubing. You can even go to a nearby famous amusement park called Dollywood.
Forest Gully Farms in Santa Fe, Tennessee
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The Forest Gully Farms is a sustainable operation with the goal of living off the land. The farm is a diverse system and is based on a holistic edible ecosystem. The farm has a vegetable garden, chickens, and a beautiful orchard.
The Gully huts are made of a beautiful white cedar wood which is rot resistant. The bamboo flooring looks gorgeous and is comfortable to walk on. The retaining wall around the hut is designed with natural earth insulation which controls the effect of the outside temperature. The huts also have heating and cooling systems, so you don’t need to worry about being uncomfortable at any time of the year. Upon renting the hut, you get all three huts and a 15-acre farm to explore as well as a bathhouse.
The bathhouse has 1.5 baths and a laundry room. There is a large sink for dishes and drinking water. The water is purified through UV light and sediment filters. The hosts will provide toilet paper, towels, and rags. The yellow and red huts are small bedrooms while the green hut is a dining room and kitchen.
The green hut has an HVAC system, refrigerator, microwave, toaster, convection toaster oven, coffee pot, and a double hot plate. Cooking supplies like cups, pots, utensils, etc. are included. There is also a gas grill outside so that you can make a fresh barbeque in the open air. The long dining tables inside and outside can sit up to 6 people.
The yellow and red huts each have their own HVAC systems, as well as linens, blankets, and pillows. The red hut has two twin beds and a Queen Murphy bed. The yellow hut has one queen-sized bed, one twin, and one pull out bed.
You can collect fresh eggs from the chickens, explore the entire farm or go on foraging tours with the owners. This way, you will have a low-key relaxing trip where you can truly feel rejuvenated.
Nashville Shores in Nashville, Tennessee
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The Nashville Shores is built for adventure seekers who don’t want to sacrifice their regular comforts. The lakeside and hillside cabins are perfect for families, friends, and couples looking for a chance to escape the hustle-bustle of life. The lakeside cabins come with fully equipped modern kitchens, wonderful amenities, and gorgeous views. The hillside cabins are nestled into the woods and are remote, peaceful cabins.
The 24 lakeside cabins are the most popular since the views of the sunrise against the shimmering lake is a sight to behold. The cabins are duplexes and every single cabin sleeps 6. You can also rent out the entire duplex cabin for a maximum of 12 people. All the cabins have an air conditioner and heating system.
The full kitchens are equipped with all the basic cookware you will need to serve up some hot delicious meals. The bathroom has a relaxing stand-up shower with hot water. There is direct TV in case you want to have a movie night. Linens, pillows, towels, and sheets will be provided by the host. There is also a charcoal grill outside, as well as a picnic table, in case you want to nice barbeque outside. Each cabin has a fire ring so that you can have a lovely bonfire under the stars at night.
The Treetop Adventure Park is an epic adventure course set in the beautiful woods near Nashville Shores Lakeside Resort. It has over 100 challenging and exciting obstacles including giant zip lines, Tarzan swings, suspended bridges, cargo nets, and several other thrilling elements. This fun bonding experience will stay in your mind for years to come. You get to explore the outdoors in a really unique and fun way.
The Nashville Shores water park is near Percy Priest Lake. It has a fun, gigantic wave pool and 8 thrilling water slides. Kowabunga Beach is also a really fun water treehouse and playground where you can splash, slide, and play all day long. If you just want to relax, you can have a leisurely float ride on the lazy river or get a nice tan on the beach.
Treetop Hideaways in Chattanooga, Tennessee
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Treetop Hideaways has a goal to create comfortable spaces that are sure to rejuvenate guests. The accommodations also need to enhance and highlight the beauty of the surrounding forest to inspire a love for nature. The venue has classic tree houses that have been inspired by the designs we all made as kids, as well as modern architectural designs that are inspired by tiny house trends.
They are both made keeping in mind green technology and even have some crazy inventions. This creates a comforting, cohesive place where people can have the ultimate glamping experience.
The Luna Loft Tree House was built keeping in mind the old fashioned barn-raising style. The house is made from 1860’s reclaimed barn wood. It has impressive 16′ tall windows from an old warehouse that lets in a lot of natural light. The copper-lined whiskey barrel shower and penny floor in the bathroom give it a unique vintage look. The treehouse was made by 200 supporters who believed in the amazing vision for the design.
It has a full climate control system. The house has a kitchenette where you can heat up delicious meals. It has ultra-fast internet, which is why it acquired the name, ‘The World’s First Gigabit Treehouse’. You will find a complimentary s’ mores kit, wine, sparkling water, granola bars, and locally made fresh coffee.
Soap, shampoo, and linens are provided by the host, as well as board games and a picnic basket. The treehouse also has a hammock where you can relax. The queen bed and fold down couch sleeps four. There is also a fire pit with kindling and seasoned wood for lovely bonfires under the stars.
The Elements Tree House is a luxurious treehouse, complete with walk-in rain-head showers and heated floors. It has a tree growing right through it, encased in glass. The house is completely climate controlled and has plenty of amenities. The expansive luxurious bathroom is just one of the perks.
There is a stocked mini-fridge, outdoor charcoal grill, and bar sink. It has ultra-fast internet and complimentary s’ mores kit, tea, coffee, wine, and granola bars. There are Dove Men + Care Elements products and linens provided by the host. There is also a fire pit, complete with kindling and seasoned wood. It has a queen-sized bed and 2 twin beds in the loft.
There is plenty to do in the area. The campsite is right next to the Lookout Mountain and minutes away from downtown Chattanooga. You can go rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, and paddleboarding in the area. There are also opportunities to explore caves, tour galleries, and museums, enjoy local cuisine, attend concerts, or enjoy local cocktails, beers, and whiskey.
Camp Grits Little Black Cabin in Cosby, Tennessee
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Camp Grits offers a really unique camping experience that you may not find anywhere else near
the Smokies. The Little Black Cabin is built in a woodsy yard where you can wake up to the smell of toasting homemade bread and cooking eggs. You can put some fire in the woodstove and stay toasty all night or climb up to the loft and look at the stars from the hatch.
The 12 x 12 cabin was built by the owner Jim from locally salvaged materials and milled lumber. It is around 100 feet from the host’s home, Rosie and Jim, who go above and beyond for their guests. The beautiful Norwegian wood stove can be used for heat and to make delicious meals. There is also a propane stove you can use and running water. There are enough cooking utensils for a feast and coffee and tea fixings.
The cabin has solar-powered lights and an oil lantern to light up space. The mid-century day bed and a comfy futon in the sleeping loft can house three people. They have soft vintage linens, heavy comforters, and quilts. The top porch is the perfect place to look at the wood beyond the cabin and have a nice cup of coffee.
The cabin has its own compost outhouse and sink. There is also a bathhouse that has a solar shower and a Hilly hot tub. The hot tub will be a unique experience because it is a cast iron tub heated from fire lit under it.
When you reach the campsite, you will be greeted by a breakfast the next morning with tea, coffee, homemade bread, a small jar of almond milk, and eggs from the hens on the site. Complimentary water, milk, and eggs will be provided to you throughout the stay. A campfire can be lit in the yard for a lovely bonfire at night to roast marshmallows or hot dogs.
Evins Mill in Smithville, Tennessee
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Evins Mill is a scenic resort near Smithville with every amenity you may need for a luxurious glamping trip into the outdoors of Tennessee. The woodland resort has soothing views of the creekside and several accommodations you can rent.
There is a fine dining area on the campsite where you can have freshly prepared cuisine with locally-sourced ingredients. There is plenty of warm gathering space for group events like weddings and couples. Every accommodation has a covered deck where you can take in the waterfalls and forest around you. Each room has king bedding, wireless internet, coffeemakers, heating, and cooling systems, and monitor and DVD players.
For example, one Bower suite is a two-bedroom suite with a private living room. It has a king bed, DVD player, monitor, coffee bar, queen sleeper sofa, and a mini-refrigerator. It has wireless internet and a cozy living with a wonderful wood-burning fireplace. The deck has amazing views that you will remember for years to come. The cabin also has a kitchenette with a microwave, refrigerator, and icemaker.
There are plenty of activities in the area including farms, vineyards, distilleries, and breweries that you can explore and go for wine tastings. The state parks and natural wonders in the area are ripe for exploration. You can go hiking near the Carmac waterfall or even dip into the cool water of the waterfall. The Evins Millpond is the perfect location to go fishing since there are thriving colonies of bass, bluegill, and brim in the pond.
The campsite has plenty of swings, rocking chairs, and hammocks where you can relax and read a book. You can light a bonfire in the fire pits and rings around the site and have a lovely evening under the stars. You can indulge in lawn games like corn hole, horseshoes, volleyball, badminton, bocce ball, ladder golf, and more. You can also go to the River Watch Golf Course, Crafts & Bert Driver Nursery, and Center Hill Lake.
The Crash Pad in Chattanooga, Tennessee
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The Crash Pad is an eco-friendly hostel that has become the base camp for outdoor enthusiasts and adventurous travelers. You can stay in the hostel’s 24 bunk beds if you are just looking for an affordable bed to crash in or rent out one of the five private rooms. You will get a complimentary DIY breakfast at the campsite no matter what you choose.
The Crash Pad also has free Wi-Fi, a fully equipped kitchen, common areas to hang out, and bathrooms. You and also grab food and drinks at the local restaurants and bars. There are also nearby places where you can go hiking, rafting, climbing, and seek plenty of other adventures.
Glamping is a really amazing way to explore the nature around you since it allows you the regular modern amenities that we are all used to. You don’t have to rough it or deal with restless nights to explore nature now. You can have a refreshing and rejuvenating experience without any issues with glamping campgrounds in Tennessee.