Dennis Cove Campground

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4400 Unicoi Drive Unicoi TN 37692
4400 Unicoi Drive Unicoi TN 37692 Unicoi TN 37692 US


Dennis Cove Campground is a secluded campground along Laurel Fork Creek at an elevation of 2,650 feet in Carter County. This remote developed campground is popular with those seeking a rustic experience. The altitude, creek side location and lush forest surroundings make Dennis Cove particularly desirable during hot summer months. With 15 campsites, Dennis Cove is a great option for a group to reserve the whole campground for retreats and other events.

Natural Features:

Dennis Cove Campground is located along the beautiful Laurel Fork Creek nestled in the mountains of the Southern Appalachians.


Along with camping, Laurel Fork Creek is stocked with rainbow trout below the campground. Above the campground, the creek and its tributaries are managed as wild trout streams for brown, rainbow and brook trout. Laurel Fork Trail (#39) follows the creek upstream for 8.0 miles with twenty-six stream crossings. The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is accessed via the nearby Coon Den Falls Trail (# 37).


There are 15 single campsites, including two double sites within Dennis Cove Campground. The campground has flush toilets. Each site contains a table, fire ring and lantern holder.

Nearby Attractions:

Trailheads for Coon Den Falls Trail (#37) and the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (#1) are approximately a half mile west of the campground on Dennis Cove Rd. Watauga Lake is approximately 25 minutes away.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Campsites
  • Accessible Drinking Water
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Grills
  • Accessible Parking
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Walkways
  • Birding
  • Campfire Rings
  • Creek Access
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Group Site (Reservable)
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Host
  • Lantern Posts
  • Parking Area
  • Pets Allowed
  • Picnic Area
  • RV sites
  • Self Pay Station
  • Shade
  • Tables
  • Tent Pads
  • Tent sites
  • Trash Collection
  • Water
  • Water Access
  • Water Spigot
  • Waterfront Sites
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • ATM
  • Accessible Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Fishing Dock
  • Accessible Picnic Areas
  • Accessible Picnic Shelters
  • Accessible Pit Toilets
  • Accessible Swimming
  • Accessible Trails
  • Auto Repair Shop
  • Backpacking
  • Bait Shop
  • Bank
  • Beach
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Cafe
  • Camping Supplies
  • Canoeing
  • Cell Phone Service
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Day Use Area
  • Electricity
  • Emergency Phone
  • Emergency Services
  • Firewood
  • Fishing Dock
  • Food Services
  • Fuel Available
  • General Store
  • Grocery Store
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Lake Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Lodging
  • Marina
  • Mountain Biking
  • Paved Roads
  • Restaurant
  • Sailboarding
  • Sailing
  • Scenic Drive
  • Shooting Range
  • Star Gazing
  • Swimming
  • Trailhead Parking
  • Trailheads
  • Washer & Dryer
  • Water Activities
Know Before You Go

The gates to the campground are closed from 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., when a campground host is present. Guests of campers are asked to leave before the gates are closed.

All developed recreation areas on the Cherokee National Forest are alcohol free to promote family-friendly recreation.

Campfires are limited to the burning of wood products and charcoal only. It’s state law.

Be careful with food scraps and trash. Keep a clean campsite to prevent unwanted critters and bears.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
36.25722, -82.11083
36°15’26″N, 82°6’39″W

US 321/TN 67 into Hampton, TN. Right onto Dennis Cove Road for approximately 5 miles or 15 minutes. Dennis Cove Road is steep with hairpin turns, so plan to drive slowly.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

4400 Unicoi Drive
Unicoi  TN  37692

Phone Number:

Information:  (423)735-1500

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