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WILLOW GROVE CAMPGROUND, TN

Photo: WILLOW GROVE CAMPGROUND
Status: Closed through Thu May 15 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Willow Grove is a spacious campground located at Dale Hollow Lake in the hills of Tennessee. The campground sits on an elevated plateau of land, offering sweeping views of the lake and surrounding forest.

Natural Features:

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.

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.

Recreation:

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 several hiking trails snake through the landscape and along the lake shore.

The Accordian Bluff Hiking Trail is a 7.5 mile one-way trail that ascends to a ridgetop and back down to the shoreline of Dale Hollow Lake. It is an ideal trail 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.

Facilities:

Willow Grove Campground features 83 campsites and one large group picnic shelter. Electric hookups, drinking water, flush toilets and a dump station all create a comfortable camping experience.

The nearby sunken foundation of the historic Willow Grove School House provides a popular destination for scuba divers. A swimming beach, volleyball court and playground provide additional recreational opportunities.

Nearby Attractions:

The Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery is 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.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Amphitheater
  • Beach Access
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Electric Hookups
  • Entrance Station
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Parking Area
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Playground
  • Ranger Station
  • Scuba Diving
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Trails
  • Trash Collection
  • Volleyball Courts
  • Water
  • Water Skiing
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Marina
Know Before You Go
  • Bring a printed copy of your confirmation letter to the campground
  • Two vehicles are allowed per campsite
  • $3 fee for visitors of campers
  • Firewood quarantines are in effect. Firewood from outside the area is not permitted. Help protect our forests by purchasing or collecting firewood at or near your camping destination and burning it on-site. Click Here for more information.
  • Only licensed vehicles are permitted
  • Gates are locked from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. Plan your arrival accordingly. Campers who arrive after 10 p.m. must park outside the gates and register in the morning.
  • The manager's office can be reached at 931-243-3136 during the closed season
  • Alcohol is not permitted

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
36.58733, -85.34212
36°35'14"N, 85°20'32"W

From Byrdstown, Tennessee, take Highway 111 south for about 13 miles. Turn north on 294/Willow Grove Road and continue for about 16 miles, then turn right into the camp entrance, just before Willow Grove Marina.

It is recommended that visitors do not rely on GPS or Mapquest to reach the park.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

WILLOW GROVE CAMPGROUND
11038 WILLOW GROVE HWY
ALLONS TN 38541

Phone Number:

Information: (931)823-4285

Special Events:

    The events listed here are not intended to be an all inclusive list. Please contact the park for further details.

  • 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 from Mar 12 2012 to Mar 16 2015
  • 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 from Mar 12 2012 to Mar 16 2015
  • 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 from Mar 12 2012 to Mar 16 2015