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Fox Fire Riverside Campground

Fox Fire Riverside Campground

Located in Hartford, Tennessee, Fox Fire Riverside Campground is open year-round for visitors to reserve a unit. The property is positioned among a few notable outdoor recreational sites that tend to draw tourists to the area, including Cherokee National Forest, Great Smoky Mountain National Forest, and Pigeon River. Fishing and white water rafting are two particularly popular pastimes that people typically engage in on the river. The owners and manager have the goal of providing an enjoyable stay to everyone, with the safety of all visitors in mind. As such, the camp hosts encourage guests to be cautious of bears by concealing food and keeping their site clean. In parallel to this, those who bring their pets with them must keep them leashed while they're on the acreage.


Fox Fire Riverside Campground encompasses a 16-acre expanse in Tennessee's easternmost region just off the Pigeon River. With a fairly wide range of accommodation options, the establishment offers 30 tent spaces, 19 RV sites, 2 cabins, a cottage, a tiny house, and a camper cottage. Earl, the manager of the business, describes the latter as "a glamping experience "due to the camper cottage being relatively primitive while still providing a modern arrangement of amenities, including a bed, refrigerator, microwave, and TV. The cabins, however, are one-bedroom studio apartments that feature an upstairs loft and a living room with a fold-out couch. Earl explains that this unit "can comfortably sleep a total of four occupants," though the maximum can reach up to six people. As for the cottage, two bedrooms, a full kitchen, a bathroom with a shower, and a living room with a fold-out couch constitute this accommodation. Earl adds that the cottage architecturally resembles "a little house." 

The RV sites at Fox Fire Riverside Campground are equipped with full hookups that offer water, sewer, and electrical services. A mix of 20-, 30-, and 50-amp capabilities is available among these sites. Seven of the RV spots are pull-through while the rest are back-in, and a picnic table and fire ring are supplied at every site. Separating each space is a plot of grass that can serve as a relatively small yard space for occupants. Akin to the RV sites, the tent spots have a picnic table and fire ring for guest use, though five of them additionally provide access to water and power. Regardless of which accommodation option visitors choose to reserve, access to property-wide WiFi is available over the course of their stay.

Apart from the units, Fox Fire Riverside Campground also has several amenities for patrons to utilize, namely a bathhouse with showers and toiletries. A portion of the premises consists of a sizable field where outdoor activities can be undertaken, and this field also has a pavilion. It should be noted as well that a basketball court can be found on-site. On account of the property's location in the Cherokee Mountains, outdoor recreation is relatively popular among those who visit the area, as multiple trails meander throughout the vicinity. About four miles away from Fox Fire Riverside Campground, one can find the Appalachian Trail. The adjacent Pigeon River also tends to pique the interest of travelers, offering opportunities for fishing, swimming, and white water rafting. Considering the establishment's location just off Highway I-40, Earl regards the campground as a destination for outdoor enthusiasts, centrally located among Cherokee National Forest and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In addition to the nature-oriented activities, a number of restaurants are found in the encompassing area. A few specific dining options that Earl suggests to his guests are the Beantrees Cafe, Ruby Tuesday, Cracker Barrel, and Big Creek Market.


The manager of Fox Fire Riverside Campground reports that the goal of the property is "creating a good place to come vacation and maintaining an award-winning attitude." To address any concerns that guests might have during their stay, the owners try to always have someone on-site who can assist visitors. The campground hosts intend for patrons to feel comfortable enough to approach them should they have any questions. As such, Earl mentions that interaction with those staying at the campground occurs periodically. 

While Fox Fire Riverside Campground is a family-oriented establishment, the property receives a wide range of people, according to Earl. Oftentimes, the campground receives groups such as a Coleman equipment party, which Earl says is a group that exchanges antique camping gear. Earl also sees Boy Scouts on some occasions, and he notes that a fair amount of repeat guests frequent the establishment as well. Fox Riverside Campground typically accommodates its highest number of visitors during the spring and fall due to the changing colors of the leaves. The property previously opened seasonally from March to November, though its operation times have changed as Earl remarks that Fox Fire Riverside Campground is now open year-round. 

Patrons should be aware of the policies that are enforced which intend to contribute to the quality of everyone's stay and to ensure the safety of all visitors. Earl highlights the guidelines that pertain to cleanliness, emphasizing the responsibility that each camper has to rid their site of any trash or unattended food. This policy is implemented due to the potential hazards that can arise from the bears in the area. Furthermore, open burning is prohibited at the sites, hence the provision of a fire ring at every site. Concerning pet guidelines, dog owners are required to pick up after their pets and to keep them leashed at all times on the premises. Earl asks that any pets that accompany guests during their stay are well-behaved. 


Dating back over 100 years, Fox Fire Riverside Campground has been a family-owned establishment throughout its history, as reported by the manager, Earl. It wasn't until circa 2000 that the land was passed down to the present owners who became the campground hosts. Prior to acquiring their occupation as the owners, they lived in a different state and would often travel to Hartford, Tennessee, to visit their family. Since gaining ownership, the camp hosts have made several improvements to the property, adding the tiny house, camper cottage, and cabins. Earl notes that they have also tried to keep up with maintaining the roads on-site year-round. The manager takes pride in his role in the business, as he remarks that his favorite part of the job is "meeting the different people who come from all over the world." 

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3541 Hartford Rd
Cosby, Tennessee 37753
United States



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