Tennessee is known for its stunning mountain retreats and scenic natural wonders that make it ideal for both recreation and relaxation. With a wealth of state parks and a myriad of outdoor activities on the doorstep of spectacular sights like the Great Smoky Mountains, it’s no wonder tourists everywhere decide to pack their bags and seek out that TN tranquility during the summer.
And for those who like their retreats a little more luxurious and a little less rustic, glamping is the ideal vacation. Often located in remote wilderness locations that are still close to all outdoor activities, Tennessee’s glam camping adventures are filled with choices for the intrepid traveler looking for it all: comfort, charm, and a taste of the outdoors.
Get over it all at Treetop Hideaways
A scenic southern location just one cross across the border into Georgia, Treetop Hideaways is a lovely Lookout Mountain retreat that is the perfect combination of mountain retreat and outdoor (yet exclusive) fun. Self-described as “rustic and refined,” the property’s two treehouses offer the ultimate glamping experience: a cozy yet refined way to ‘rough it’ without sacrificing the comfort and amenities of a boutique lodging experience.
- Address: 576 Chattanooga Valley Rd, Flintstone, Georgia
- Prices: Luna Loft $405 and up/night; Element’s treehouse $378 and up/night
- Facilities: Kitchenette stocked with complimentary drinks and snacks, AC, floor-to-ceiling valley views, reclaimed barn wood decor, fire pit, luxurious decor, nearby trails, linens and toiletries (Luna Loft); climate-controlled environment, fire pit, kitchenette stocked with complimentary drinks and snacks, private decks, loft space, heated bathroom floors and walk-in shower, linens and toiletries (Elements Treehouse). Massages are also available on site.
- What’s nearby: Downtown Chattanooga; Lookout Mountain attractions, including Ruby Falls, Rock City and the Incline Railway; Cloudland Canyon State Park (25 minutes)
Little Arrow Outdoor Resort has accommodations for everyone
Surrounded by miles of forested wilderness and nestled amidst the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Little Arrow Outdoor Resort is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. Close to all the area’s action, including hiking, tubing, biking and wine tasting, this majestic mountain retreat is truly where “hiking meets leisure” and with a variety of accommodations to choose from, guests can also choose their own overnight adventure. The facilities and prices below reflect Little Arrow’s glamping options (two-story canvas lodge and luxury tents); for additional accommodation, see website for more info.
- Address: 118 Stables Drive, Townsend, Tennessee
- Prices: All prices include four guests and a vehicle. Luxury Glamping Lodge rates $175 and up/night; Luxury Glamping Tents prices $162 and up/night.
- Facilities: Heating and AC; small kitchen with fridge and freezer; fire pit with grill grate; plush bedding; wood-walled, separate living spaces; gas stove (cabin only). The resort also has an on-site coffee lounge, pool with grottoes, splash pad and hot tub; nearby hiking trails; sports fields; dog park; communal garden and fire pit; luxury bathhouses; and more.
- What’s nearby: The great Smoky Mountains National Park; Tuckaleechee Caves; Dark Island Swinging Bridge
A whimsical dome, a secluded place in Altamont
This Airbnb is more than just the ultimate glamping experience – it’s a TV star in its own right. Featured on DIY Network’s “Building off the Grid, this 450 square meter mountaintop geodesic dome of Tennessee Glamping is low-key luxury. This cozy place, the perfect place to bask in the signature TN tranquility, allows guests to enjoy the area’s starry skies and wilderness views without sacrificing all the amenities and comforts of a five-star boutique hotel.
- Address: Altamont, Tennessee
- Prices: Rates start at $447/night
- Facilities: Kitchen (microwave, refrigerator, cooking and BBQ utensils); outdoor grill and fire pit; heating and air conditioning; wrap-around deck with whirlpool; stunning mountain views; pet friendly; extra fireplace and swings on the bluff under the dome; access to nearby local trails
- What’s nearby: Cumberland Caverns; Fiery Gizzard Trail; Greeter Falls
Grandview Camp is the best of glamping and farm living
Grandview Camp at Lemon Lane Farm is a unique glamping experience that has all the charm of a working farm – complete with all the animals that come along, including pigs, donkeys, rabbits, turkeys and dogs. But the appeal of Grandview Camp goes so much further than its farm dwellers: it’s historic (founded in the 1860s!); it is picturesque (gardens, pond, rolling hills and forests); and it offers guests a host of beautiful accommodations that are as eclectic as they are inviting. Lemon Lane Farm is more than just lodging, with quirky quirks and atmosphere to spare; it is a very unique experience.
- Address: 2392 Possum Trot Rd, Grandview, Tennessee
- Facilities: All properties have their own distinctive facilities; some of the most common include: toiletries; grill (or camping stove) and fire pit; outdoor picnic area; full kitchen; electrical hookups (camper and Winnebago), access to trails on site; indoor fireplace (cowgirl cabin). There is also an outdoor sauna on site, which can be reserved in advance. Guests should be aware that these glamping sites are rustic and may not have all modern conveniences such as running water and electricity, indoor showers and plumbing. See website for more details.
- What’s nearby: Lost Sea Caverns; Rhea Springs Lake Park; Cumberland State Park
Find your inner hobbit at Forest Gully Farms
These Airbnb glamping gems from Forest Gully Farms aren’t your typical glam camping experiences: think underground cabins that even Frodo Baggins would find cozy; secluded, hobbit hole-like retreats that give a whole new meaning to the word escape. The ultimate vacation experience, allowing guests to forage, gather and farm on a sprawling 15-acre wilderness retreat, this tour is truly a glamping adventure to rule them all.
- Address: Santa Fe, Tennessee (less than an hour from Nashville)
- Prices: From $375/night (includes access to all three on-site cabins and exclusive access to property, nearby bathhouse and laundry room)
- Facilities: Heating and AC; Fully equipped kitchen, basic cooking and utensils; Charcoal grill; fire pit and outdoor furniture; washer/dryer; toiletries and bedding; beautiful forest environment; stream and two small waterfalls
- What’s nearby: Jackson Falls; Chickasaw Trace County Park; President James K. Polk Home & Museum
An iconic vacation destination and southern retreat, Tennessee is famous for its stunning scenery and countless adventures for any outdoor enthusiast. And for those who want to “tough it out” this summer without sacrificing all the critters, glamping is the way to go; and TN is the place to be. With breathtaking and distinctive accommodation galore, the Volunteer State is packed with a range of spectacular glamping sites ranging from treetop accommodation to farm-friendly adventures; and everything in between – the perfect place for relaxation and recreation this summer.