Reelfoot Lake State Park RV & Campground Guide


In 1811, a series of earthquakes ravaged the area around Reelfoot Lake State Park, causing the nearby Mississippi River to flow backward. This unexpected flow surged into the tributary Reelfoot River, flooding the surrounding forest; over the years, the ends of the river disappeared, leaving behind the Reelfoot Lake. Today, the trees still grow out of the water — you can hike through them on an elevated boardwalk or paddle through the old-growth cypress forest in a kayak. While you explore, watch out for the bald eagles that nest in the trees and soar above the lake. Tucked away in the far northwestern corner of Tennessee, this family-friendly state park is a short drive from both Kentucky and Missouri. The tiny town of Hornbeak is located right across the lake, and Tiptonville is just 9 miles down the road.

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Spring 38-78 F
Summer 64-89 F
Fall 38-82 F
Winter 25-49 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Reelfoot Lake State Park

Wake up to views of calm waters and enjoy spectacular sunsets when you camp at Reelfoot Lake State Park. With an RV, you can take in the wilderness views while enjoying comforts such as a soft bed and a convenient kitchen. An RV rental from RVshare makes it easy to choose the perfect motorhome and take your camping trip to the next level.

Reelfoot Lake State Park Campgrounds

Book a site at one of the two Reelfoot Lake State Park campgrounds, and you'll always be a quick walk to the lakeshore. The South Campground is the bigger of the two, offering 86 campsites with electric and water hookups. Popular with families, this spot also offers a laundry and dishwashing area. The Airpark North Campground has 14 sites that fit RVs up to 35 feet long, each with water and electricity. Both campgrounds have bathrooms, hot showers, and a dump station. Rates vary by location, date, and amenities, but you can expect a minimum of $26.

Sunset Cove

Sunset Cove lives up to its name — located on the east side of Reelfoot Lake, it offers spectacular sunset views over the water. This campground is tailored for RVs, so every site offers full hookups and trash service. Bring your boat and launch from the on-site ramp, and enjoy the views from the open, grassy sites. Rates start at $45 per night; if you're staying a week, you'll get the seventh night for free.

Union City RV Park

Located 23 miles east of Reelfoot Lake, Union City RV Park is a great alternative spot when all of the lake's campgrounds are full. Sites here offer full hookups, so you can relax and enjoy your RV to the fullest. Hot showers make it easy to clean up after a day in the sun, and the campground's laundry room is a convenient perk. Get online quickly with the free Wi-Fi connection, and set up camp easily on the level site pads. This campground is open year-round. Campsites start at $60 per night, with great discounts available for Passport America or Recreation USA All Campgrounds For Less membership.

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What to Do at
Reelfoot Lake State Park

Inside Reelfoot Lake State Park

Most of the activities at Reelfoot Lake State Park center on the lake itself. Boating is the perfect way to explore the submerged forest; you can even rent canoes and kayaks from the park. Alternatively, you can launch your own boat on the water at one of the park's five ramps. You can fish for crappie and bluegill from the docks or bring your binoculars and watch for the bald eagles and pelicans that live around the lake. Several short, easy hiking trails lead you through the forest — the 0.5-mile Visitor Center Boardwalk Trail is particularly beautiful.

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How to Get to
Reelfoot Lake State Park

Reelfoot Lake State Park extends for miles along the shore of Reelfoot Lake. To get to the visitor center, drive to Tiptonville using TN-78 or TN-22. Then, take Lake Drive east until you reach the lake; head south on TN-21 until you see the sign for the park.

Entering Reelfoot Lake State Park

Reelfoot Lake State Park is open seven days a week. The park opens 30 minutes before sunrise and closes 30 minutes after sunset.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Reelfoot Lake State Park

What kind of wildlife can be found in Reelfoot Lake State Park?

Reelfoot Lake State Park is inhabited by a variety of cool wildlife species including nine-banded armadillos, Virginia opossums, beavers, muskrats, raccoons, minks, frogs, toads, salamanders, snakes, turtles, and many types of birds.

Are pets allowed at Reelfoot Lake State Park?

You're welcome to bring your pets with you to Reelfoot Lake State Park. However, you'll need to clean up after your pets and always keep them on leashes of no more than six feet.

What is the climate of Reelfoot Lake State Park?

The climate of Reelfoot Lake State Park is warm and balmy. The area sees occasional rain throughout the year. Temperatures typically reach as high as 89 degrees in summer and as low as 25 degrees in winter.

What is the best time of year to visit Reelfoot Lake State Park?

Summer is usually the best time of year to visit Reelfoot Lake State Park. Between June and September, you'll have a great chance to experience warm and sunny weather for your recreational activities.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Reelfoot Lake State Park?

There are 100 designated RV camping spots in Reelfoot Lake State Park. The sites are found in two campgrounds, and each site is equipped with electric and water hookups. The RV campsites can accommodate RVs up to 35 feet long.