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Bandy Creek, Big South Fork NRRA, TN

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Bandy Creek CG is located in the Tennessee portion of the Big South Fork NRRA, northwest of Knoxville. It's a mecca for horse riders, river trippers and back-country hiking.

423-286-8368

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One is likely to see equine activity on the way to Bandy Creek.

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No problem finding a site when we arrived on an April Sunday afternoon. Based on a forecast of severe weather for tomorrow, we decided to sign up for two nights. Here we are on site D-3.

Date of visit: Apr 2011

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There are three loops of sites with hookups, plus a fourth without hookups for tents and small RV's. Here are sites D-7 and D-8.

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Sites D-13 - D-23 are located in a cul-de-sac.

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Sites D-27 and D-25.

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If you have young-uns, you might like site D-44, which is right beside a play area.

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Sites C-30 and C-29.

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There were a number of horse trailers in the campground, such as this one on Site C-23.

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Sites C-20, C-19 and C-17.

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Sites B-9, B-8 and B-7.

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Sites B-12 and B-11.

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Sites A-13 to A-49 are tent-only sites and do not have hookups. This is site A-13.

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Placed in the tent area are bear-proof storage containers, such as this one beside site A-20.

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There is a small loop at the beginning of the A area that accepts either tents or small RV's; no hookups are available. Site A-10 is in the foreground with A-8 in the right background.

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Site A-2 is close to the swimming pool.

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Bandy Creek is unusual among national parks in that it has a large swimming pool.

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There are several modern bathhouses throughout the campground, including this one that is solar-heated. They are clean and provide free, hot showers.

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As noted above, bears are prevalent in the area and proper precautions with foodstuffs are necessary.

Amenities

147 sites: 49 in Loop A w/o hookups, 98 in Loops B, C and D with W/E(30) hookups. 5 sites have 50A available

Dump station available

Verizon Broadband Access (EVDO) service

Rates: $22 with hookups, $19 without hookups

(50% discount with Golden Age Pass)

Coord: 36.48885 N, 84.69556 W

Activities/Nearby Attractions

Hiking

Horseback Trail Riding

Canoeing/kayaking

 

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