With a national forest, a state park and locally-owned campgrounds, Scott County has plenty of camping options; including Yurts, primitive, RV and dispersed camping in the Jefferson National Forest.

Camp Clinch

Camp Clinch on Anglers Way RoadFamily owned campground on the Historic Clinch River.Camping here means waking up to the sounds of the river and nature.  We are 7 miles from the main highway, it’s the perfect place to get back to nature and spend time with the ones you love.

The totally renovated camp features 30 and 50 amp sites, 27 full hookup sites with 20 electric and water, 20 premium full hookup sites on the river.  There are fire pits at each site and new picnic tables.  Along with the renovations is a totally refurbished bathhouse plus a new gravel road and campsites.

The Nature Conservancy considers the Clinch River “America’s Crown Jewel” in southwest Virginia. The Clinch River is home to more species of endangered and rare freshwater mussels than anywhere else in the world. Come Kayak, Tube, Canoe or Explore this natural wonder. But, don’t forget to make time to fish or just relax and enjoy the scenery.

Conveniently located near Bristol Motor Speedway, A.P. Carter Family Fold, Creation Kingdom Zoo, Natural Tunnel State Park, plus endless hiking opportunities to Devil’s Bathtub, Little Stony Falls, High Knob and the Jefferson National Forest.

Campground includes a small playground for children, plus a large area for recreational sports, basketball hoop and a hand-launch site to the Clinch River.

AMENITIES

  • Pet Friendly
  • Group Friendly
  • Waterfront

For more information, visithttp://www.campclinch.com

For reservations, call RESERVEAmerica

Jefferson National Forest

Bark Camp LakeBark Camp Recreation Area

Bark Camp Recreation Area is situated on a 45 acre lake that is regularly stocked with rainbow trout. A three mile shoreline trail circles the lake, offering outstanding views. Highlights include an open air amphitheater overlooking the lake, a short hike to an interesting geological formation called “Kitchen Rock,” and outstanding universally accessible fishing piers and picnicking facilities. This recreation area bosts 34 campsites, 9 of which have electric hookups.

At a Glance

Fees $16 per single campsite per night. $32 per double campsite per night. $5 electric hookups. $3 per vehicle day use area fee.
Open Season: mid-May to mid-September
Restrictions: No gasoline powered boats allowed on the lake.
Closest Towns: Coeburn, VA
Water: Water may not be available this season. Call the Clinch Ranger District for more information.
Restroom: BBath houses have hot showers and flush toilets (depending on water availability)
Operated By: Clinch Ranger District: (276) 679-8370
Information Center: Bark Camp Recreation Area:  276-467-1209

General Information

Directions:

From Kingsport, TN: Follow US23 North to Norton VA. Take the Alternate 58 East exit toward Coeburn VA. Follow Alt 58 East for 5 miles to Tacoma. At the stop light turn right onto SR 706 and follow to the intersection with SR 699 on the left. Follow SR 699 for 0.1 mile then turn right onto SR 822. Follow SR 822 for 2 miles to the entrance of Bark Camp Recreation Area on the right.

From Abingdon, VA: Follow US 58W/US 19N to Hansonville, VA. Turn left onto US 58W Alternate and drive to Tacoma, VA. At the stop light, turn left (south) onto SR 706 and follow to the intersection with SR 699 on the left. Follow SR 699 for 0.1 mile then turn right onto SR 822. Follow SR 822 for 2 miles to the entrance of Bark Camp Recreation Area on the right.

High Knob Recreation Area

The High Knob Recreation Area was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the late 1930’s. This remote and private location offers cooler summer temperatures due to its higher mountain elevation.

At a Glance

Fees $10 per camp site per night. Group camp site $25 per night. For day use area $5 per vehicle up to 8 passenger capacity, and $1 per person for buses and large vans carrying more than 8 passangers and walk-ins.
Open Season: mid-May to mid-September
Restrictions: 16 foot maximum vehicle length (vehicle and trailer).
Closest Towns: Norton, VA
Water: Drinking water available
Restroom: Bath houses have hot showers and flush toilets
Operated By: Clinch Ranger District: (276) 679-8370
Information Center: High Knob Recreation Area:  276-679-1754

General Information

Directions:

From Kingsport, TN: Follow US23 North to the first Norton, VA exit. Take this exit and make a right onto SR 619. Travel 3.8 miles to the intersection with FS238 East. Turn left onto FS238 East and travel 1.6 miles to campground entrance.

From Abingdon, VA: Follow US 58W/US 19N to Hansonville, VA. Turn left onto US 58W Alternate and drive to Norton. At Norton, turn south onto SR 619. Travel 3.8 miles to the intersection with FS238 East. Turn left onto FS238 East and travel 1.6 miles to campground entrance.

Natural Tunnel State Park

Natural Tunnel ChairliftCamping

The park has two campgrounds, Cove View Campground and Lover’s Leap Campground. All sites have electricity and water (EW). Sites in Lover’s Leap Campground may be specifically reserved. Here’s a table (PDF) with details about those sites. Click here for pictures of those sites. Cove View Campground sites are reserved upon arrival.

Cove View Campground – 16 electric-water hookup sites

  • Up to six people per site. The only exception is for immediate families of no more than two adults over 18 and their minors, all of whom must be under 18.
  • Each campsite has a campfire-ring grill and an extended-top picnic table.
  • Firewood and ice are sold at campground host site.
  • Two vehicles per campsite. There is additional parking by the bathhouse (an additional daily parking fee applies there).
  • Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. through 6 a.m. Only overnight guests are allowed in the park after 10 p.m. Guests visiting campers should park in the bathhouse parking area.
  • The park has a junior Olympic-size swimming pool and 100-foot water slide. Each member of the camper party may get a pool pass. Passes are part of the registration packet. A pass is issued for each night of rental. The pool is open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. The last two weeks of August, it is open only on weekends. Refunds will not be made should the pool be unavailable. Swimming is free to overnight guests only when available.

EW – Electric and Water Hookup Sites (001 EW – 016 EW). Shaded and sunny sites are for tents, pop-ups and RVs up to 38 feet. Electrical service is 20 and 30-amp. All sites are gravel pull-through with a grassy area and have a campfire-ring grill and a picnic table. A bathhouse with hot showers is at the end of the campground loop.

Lover’s Leap Campground – 18 electric-water hookup sites

  • Up to six persons are allowed per site. The only exception is for immediate family.
  • Each site has a campfire-ring grill and an extended-top picnic table.
  • Firewood and ice are sold at campground host site.
  • Two vehicles per campsite. There is additional parking by the bathhouse (an additional daily parking fee applies there).
  • Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. through 6 a.m. Only overnight guests are allowed in the park after 10 p.m. Guests visiting campers should park by the bathhouse and must pay the daily parking fee.
  • A volleyball net and horseshoe pits are in campground area.
  • The park has a junior Olympic-size swimming pool and 100-foot water slide. Each member of the camper party may get a pool pass. Passes are part of the registration packet. A pass is issued for each night of rental. The pool is open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. The last two weeks of August, it is open only on weekends. Refunds will not be made should the pool be unavailable. Swimming is free to overnight guests only when available.

EW – Electric and Water Hookup Sites (LL 01- LL 18). These sites are for tents, pop-ups and RV’s up to 50 feet. Electrical service is 20, 30 and 50-amp. All are back-in sites and have a campfire-ring grill, picnic table, lantern post and utility table. Campsite 9 is accessible to the disabled and is near the bathhouse. The site is not reserved strictly for those with disabilities. Because sites are assigned upon arrival, ask park personnel for this site when you get there. Tents and all other recreational equipment should be set up within the campsite’s boundaries. The campground bathhouse has showers, restrooms and a laundry facility.

Total camp sites in the park of each type: EW: 34

Group Site

Natural Tunnel’s group site is in a partially wooded area about half a mile from main campgrounds and bathhouses. Parking is available at the site, but RV’s and camping units are not allowed.

Amenities

  • Five 15 ft. x 15 ft. tent pads. (Accommodates up to 30 people total, depending on tent size.)
  • Common area with fire ring.
  • Eating area with four picnic tables.
  • Camp tent suitable for group activities.
  • Utility building with electricity and lights suitable for storage or food prep (no cooking inside shed).
  • Parking for up to five vehicles. (Overflow parking available in main campground). No RV or camping trailer parking is available.
  • 30-amp electrical outlet.
  • Potable water spigot.
  • Two portable toilets. (No showers on site.)
  • Swimming for group campers is $1 per person.

Yurts

Yurts at Natural Tunnel CampgroundRecreational yurts are a modern adaptation of an ancient nomadic shelter. Functionally speaking, they’re a cross between a tent and a cabin. The park has four yurts, which are adjacent to the Cove View Campground. Each has a large wooden deck with patio tables, a picnic table and a fire-ring with cooking grate. Reservations are required. Parking for two vehicles is allowed. Those with additional vehicles must pay a daily parking fee and park in the overflow lot by the park office.

Check-in is 4 p.m. and checkout is 10 a.m. The rental season begins on the first Friday in March and ends on the first Sunday of December. Cabin rental and cancellation policies apply. There is a two-night minimum rental during the rest of camping season.

  • Maximum occupancy four. Sleeps three. One queen-sized and a twin-sized trundle pull-out. Guests must bring sleeping bags or linens.
  • No smoking, cooking or pets allowed in the yurt.
  • Each yurt has no electricity or water, but there’s a common-use water spigot shared among the yurts.
  • Dining table seats four.
  • No heat or air-conditioning.
  • Guests use the Cove View Campground bathhouse.
  • Yurts 3 and 4 are ADA-accessible.