Cardens Bluff Campground

The Cardens Bluff Campground overlooks Watauga Lake.   The infrastructure consists of 40+ camping sites with NO electric hookups provided.  There is, however, a bathhouse with heated showers and flush toilets.   Recreational activities include: swimming, boating, and fishing.

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At a Glance

Operational Hours: Gate opens at 7 AM and closes at 10 PM.
Fees: Camping is $12 per night.
Open Season: Mid April
Closest Towns: Elizabethton and Hampton, Tennessee
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Flush Toilets, Showers
Operated By: Forest Service Volunteer Campground Hosts help manage the area and can provide visitor information.

* See the USDA site for the most up-to-date information on fees



From Elizabethton take US 19E/321 south 5 miles to Hampton. Turn left on 321/67 travel 3 miles to the campground entrance on the left.

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