Lillydale Campground and Recreation Area is located along the shores of Dale Hollow Lake in the hills of Tennessee.
Dale Hollow Dam and Lake was completed in 1943. Although the dam was built for flood control and power generation, it has now become a recreational oasis for more than 3 million visitors each year.
The dam is located on the Obey River, about 3 miles east of Celina, Tennessee. Surrounded by a thick expanse of forest, the clear blue lake creates a stunning scenic backdrop for a variety of water and land recreational activities.
Centrally located on Dale Hollow near the Tennessee-Kentucky State boarder, Lillydale was named one of the National Recreation Reservation Service's Top Ten Most Scenic Campgrounds to visit.
In the late fall through early spring, the American Bald Eagle can be spotted flying overhead or perched on low-lying limbs. Dale Hollow hosts the second-largest wintering eagle population in the states of Tennessee and Kentucky. For a short time surrounding the Labor Day holiday, Purple Martins put on quite a show as thousands of these birds darken the evening sky. Needing to roost, they are using the small island adjacent to Lillydale campground as a layover during their migration south.
Dale Hollow is renowned for its fishing opportunities. In addition to yielding the world record smallmouth bass and being known as a trophy smallmouth lake, the Obey River below Dale Hollow Dam is also known for excellent rainbow and brown trout fishing.
Boating and water skiing are also popular activities, and with 27,700 surface acres of water and 620 miles of shoreline, there is plenty of space for campers to explore the lake. Secluded tie-ups are located around the shore, offering campers a peaceful nature experience.
The campground is surrounded by a dense canopy of forest, and a hiking trail snakes through the landscape and along the lake shore. Lillydale hosts the best lake view of any campground on Dale Hollow Lake, with the most waterfront campsites.
The Accordian Bluff Hiking Trail is a 7.5 mile one-way trail that ascends to a ridge-top and back down to the shoreline of Dale Hollow Lake. The trail is ideal for birders and wildflower enthusiasts. This trail connects both Lillydale and Willow Grove Campgrounds and can be accessed via the trailhead located at the campground.
Lillydale Campground features 114 campsites and one large group picnic shelter. Electric hookups, drinking water, flush toilets and a dump station all create a comfortable camping experience.
Two boat ramps, two volleyball courts and two swimming beaches offer additional recreational opportunities.
The Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery is located about 32 miles from the campground. Operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the hatchery is the largest federal trout hatchery east of the Mississippi, producing 1.5 million trout annually. The hatchery is open to visitors daily.
LILLYDALE CAMPGROUND AND DAY USE
985 LILLYDALE ROAD
ALLONS TN 38541
Phone Number:Information: (931)823-4155
The events listed here are not intended to be an all inclusive list. Please contact the park for further details.
- Lakeshore Cleanup: Held the last Saturday in September, the Lakeshore Cleanup helps visitors show their appreciation for public lands. Join others in helping clean the shorelines of Dale Hollow Lake. A free cookout will be held for all participants. For more information contact the manager's office at 931-243-3136. Active on Mar 12 2012
- Eagle Watch: The Dale Hollow Lake Eagle watch is held on the third and fourth Saturday of January. Eagle enthusiasts are transported by open barge in search of wintering bald eagles. The eagle watch tours are free, but advance reservations are required. Advance reservations are accepted beginning on November 15th of the previous year. Active on Mar 12 2012
- Kids Fishing Rodeo: Kids 15 and under join us at the Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery for the Kids Fishing Rodeo, held on the first Saturday, after the first Monday in June from 8 a.m. until noon. The event is held on the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency's Annual Free Fishing Day. Active on Mar 12 2012