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Overview of Rough Ridge Campground

Rough Ridge Campground is located in the Cherokee National Forest, which spans across the eastern part of Tennessee. The campground offers outdoor enthusiasts a rustic camping experience surrounded by diverse flora and fauna.

Location and Access

Rough Ridge Campground is situated in the northeastern section of Cherokee National Forest, often accessed by local roads from nearby towns. Detailed directions should be obtained from the USDA Forest Service or local maps, due to the potential complexity of forest roads and the lack of clear cell service in some areas.

Campground Features

Amenities: The campground may provide basic amenities such as picnic tables, fire rings, and vault toilets. However, it's important to check with the Forest Service for the latest details, as amenities can change over time.

Water Sources: Typically, you should not expect potable water sources at Rough Ridge. Campers usually need to bring their own water or have the means to purify water from nearby streams or springs.

Capacity and Sites: The number of sites and the size of the campground vary. It's often a smaller campground with a limited number of sites, making it ideal for those seeking a quieter experience in nature.


Hiking: The Cherokee National Forest is crisscrossed with trails, so hiking opportunities are abundant. Rough Ridge may offer access to trails that lead to scenic overviews, waterfalls, or through particularly beautiful forested areas.

Wildlife Watching: This region provides habitats for many types of wildlife. Observing birds, mammals, and other creatures in their natural environment is a common activity for campers.

Fishing: Streams and rivers in the area may provide opportunities for fishing, though you will typically need a Tennessee fishing license.

Regulations and Safety

Fire Regulations: Due to variable conditions, fire regulations may change frequently. Always check for fire restrictions before your trip.

Wildlife Precautions: Store food securely with bear-proof containers or methods recommended by the Forest Service to avoid attracting wildlife to the campsites.

Weather Awareness: Always be prepared for sudden weather changes and bring appropriate gear for the season in which you are camping.

Reservations and Fees

Reservations: Depending on the management, Rough Ridge Campground might be first-come, first-served or require reservations.

Fees: Usually, there is a nightly fee for using a campsite. Check with the USDA Forest Service for the most current fee information.

Contact Information

Before planning a trip to Rough Ridge Campground, it is recommended to contact the USDA Forest Service office responsible for the Cherokee National Forest for the latest information on the campground status, regulations, and advice:

USDA Forest Service, Cherokee National Forest

  • Phone: [Check the official website for the current phone number]
  • Website: [Visit the official USDA Forest Service website for updated information]

Note: Always confirm details with the USDA Forest Service as information can change due to management decisions, seasonal considerations, and forest health concerns.

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