TN • True West Campground, Stable, and Mercantile

True West Campground was named the #1 5-Star campground in the USA by Consumer Reviews and Trail Rider Magazine. You'll get to explore the gorgeous mountains of Tennessee's Big South Fork by day and return to a spacious cabin, RV, or tent campsite by night. Your horse will feel at home in the large barn with attentive staff around the clock. Whether staying for a weekend or a season, you'll find plenty to do at and around this peaceful campground.


True West is located about an hour and a half northwest of Knoxville at the edge of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. Big South Fork encompasses 125,000 acres of the Cumberland Plateau, and protects the free-flowing Big South Fork of the Cumberland River and its tributaries. You'll have miles of scenic rivers, streams, gorges, sandstone bluffs, overlooks and caves to explore in and around the area.  

Trail Rides

True West has easy access to park trails. Add to that a mix of private trails and you'll have access to over 200 miles of riding pleasure. The trails are mostly in the woods, along creeks and ridge lines. This makes for very pleasant conditions, even in summer. The trails are well marked and maintained, varying in both length and degree of difficulty. Some are short, easy day rides; others are strenuous loops that may take several days to complete. 


As experts of the area, True West is happy to point you toward all the best trails. Guided trail rides can be arranged with advanced notice. 

Additional Activities

The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is one of the most popular outdoor destinations in Tennessee with hiking, fishing, hunting, white water rafting, kayaking, and mountain biking. There are also ATV trails available nearby at Pickett Park. Check the campground schedule for seasonal activities and events.


Stay for a while in one of the 33 easy access, level RV and tent camping sites with water, 30-50 amp electric, and access to two shower houses with heat and A/C. Sewer hookups are available in 8 of the sites. A room, cabin, and camper are also available for rent. You'll even have Wifi in the main building.

You'll rest soundly knowing your horse is safe in the large clean barns, with 18' wide aisles. There are 67 bedded stalls available with 2 bucket hooks for your water and feed, a saddle rack, and a bridle hook. You can use the 2 large horse wash areas and a large 60' round pen whenever you please.


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