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Tanbark Campground

Situated on eight acres of land, the Tanbark Campground is located about forty-five miles from Nashville, one of Tennessee's prominent cities. Among the 34 sites that visitors can reserve, long-term and short-term stays are available at the campground as there are sites designated for both. Visitors are also welcome to pitch their tents at a site. All guests at Tanbark Campground have access to Wi-Fi as well as the on-site restroom and shower facility. The provision of these amenities, among other features, is a reflection of the owner, Richard's, goal to improve his guests' stay at the campground. He also intends to create a "peaceful and quiet" atmosphere, which he believes is attained on account of the campground's location.


Tanbark Campground—located in Dickson, Tennessee—offers a total of forty RV sites for visitors. Ten of these sites are open for short-term stays, while the remaining thirty are reserved for long-term guests. Both the short- and long-term spaces are equipped with full hookups that provide water, sewer, and either 30- or 50-amp electrical services. All of the short-term sites are pull-through spaces, and the long-term sites are back-in. Richard Reifer, the present owner of the business, notes that some units offer a picnic table and fire pit. He further explains that all of the sites are relatively leveled, and the majority have a fair amount of space between them. RVs that extend up to 40 feet in length can be accommodated at about 33 sites, and 4 spaces can accommodate RVs that are 56 feet long. Only one of the sites can accommodate an RV that reaches a length of 60 feet. The roads that lead to each site are either paved or they have gravel.

Beyond the sites that can accommodate visitors, the eight-acre premises additionally includes a main office, showers, and a laundry facility, all within the same building. Those staying at Tanbark Campground are also given access to a playground area. The camp host, Richard, has ownership over roughly 120 acres of land, though he mentions that the campground itself occupies 8 acres. Outside the campground portion of the acreage, the 120 acres serve as the home for cattle and horses. Richard adds that a small creek can be found coursing near the bottom of the property, and he describes the surrounding land to have "rolling hills." Several trees characterize the grounds as well.

Situated approximately 45 miles from Tanbark Campground is Nashville, Tennessee. Visitors are often drawn to the many attractions that are found in Nashville. Another nearby city that tourists occasionally visit is Dickson, which can be found about nine miles from the property. The Renaissance Center in Dickson is a notable site that features an art gallery, a science theater, and a wide range of activities, such as pottery, drawing, and painting. Seven Flags is another attraction that may pique the interest of those staying at Tanbark Campground. There, people can engage in laser tag, mini golf, go-kart racing, and arcade games, among other pastimes. 


Richard Reifer, the owner of Tanbark Campground, observes that his "RVers are very friendly, they like to know their neighbors, and they talk to each other." A former guest of the campground commented in a review about Richard's hospitality toward them, saying, "The owner is extremely helpful and kind. The morning we went to leave, we awoke to a flat tire and he helped us out." Another visitor described Richard as a "helpful, friendly, and very family-oriented guy." Richard says that he strives to interact with visitors frequently and he enjoys meeting people.

The owner has the goal of providing an experience to his occupants where they can feel "peace and quiet." He remarks, "I want guests to get a good night's sleep" at the campground. Moreover, with the intent to enhance patrons' stays at the establishment, Richard says that during major North American holidays, namely Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, potlucks are hosted at the campground to encourage visitors to get to know each other. These potlucks are typically open to the general public as well, according to Richard. 

Overall, Richard wants his patrons to "respect each other." A few policies are implemented at the property in an effort to create this atmosphere at the campground. One such policy is that quiet time begins every night at 9:00 p.m. With regard to pets, visitors are welcome to bring their dogs; however, pets must be kept on a leash at all times.

Open year-round, the campground most commonly experiences its busiest season of operation for short-term stays in the spring and fall. Concerning when the busy season occurs each year, Richard says, "It seems like it's always changing." The campground occasionally receives families, though the main demographic of guests is reportedly retired couples.


With the help of his parents and his brother, Richard Reifer—the current owner of Tanbark Campground—built the campground about 40 years ago. The acreage originally began as pastureland, and the campground first started with 12 sites for visitors to reserve. Over time, the number of sites increased to 34, and the property was left in the hands of Richard and his daughter-in-law who manage the business together. Richard has found that his favorite part of being the camp host is "meeting people from all over the world." Regarding future plans for the property, Richard says that he and his daughter-in-law try to "keep it simple" and "just add on a little bit every year."

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125 S Spradlin Rd
Dickson, Tennessee 37055
United States




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