Melton Hill Dam Campground
Melton Hill Dam Campground

Melton Hill Dam Campground

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  • Melton Hill Dam Campground is located at TVA’s Melton Hill Dam in Loudoun County, TN. The campground is upstream of Melton Hill Dam on the south bank and has a 10-15% slope with three roads tiered up the hillside.

    Immediately adjacent to the campground is a public boat ramp, day use, picnic and swim area. An overlook is located on the outskirts with picnic tables and benches. There are four pavilions, two are located in the day use and two at the overlook. Pavilions may be reserved for a nominal fee; when not reserved, they are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.


    • Boating
    • Canoeing
    • Fishing
    • Swimming


    Campground (61 total sites)

    The campground has a total of 61 sites. 9 sites have electric, water, and sewer; of these, 4 meet ADA guidelines. 15 sites have zero amenities, are tent only, and are waterfront. 35 sites have electric and water only.

    The terrain of the campground is tiered with three levels, with some sites limited to the type or size of an RV. There are 2 bathhouses with warm showers and flush toilets. Entry roads are paved and most sites are flat with gravel parking pads. Each campsite has a picnic table, fire pit/grill combo. A dump station is located in the campground at no charge for those who are camping.

    Recreational activities in the area include swimming, canoe access, boat ramp access, lake and river fishing. The campground is approximately 30 minutes from Knoxville, and a little over an hour to the Smoky Mountains, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Townsend.

    All sites require a 2-night minimum stay. Please call the campground directly to request an exception if you wish to stay for just 1 night.

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    Day Use (4 total sites)

    Immediately adjacent to the campground is a public boat ramp, day use, picnic and swim area. An overlook is located on the outskirts with picnic tables and benches. There are four pavilions, two are located in the day use and two at the overlook. Pavilions may be reserved for a nominal fee, when not reserved they are available first come, first-serve.

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  • Campground rules are provided to campers upon check-in. Vista Recreation, in a partnership agreement with TVA, provide these facilities for your convenience and enjoyment. The successful operation of this area depends on your cooperation and compliance of the following:

    • Sites in the campground are able to be reserved, some are on a long-term basis, and some are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please ensure sites are not reserved before occupying a site.

    • Unattended camping vehicles and equipment cannot be left at a site unless fees are paid. Rented campsites must have a camping unit present to show the site is taken.

    • ADA accessible sites are reserved for persons with a state-issued ADA license plate or mirror tag. The person who has been issued the tag must be occupying the site and may only rent 1 campsite per visit.

    • Campers with an America the Beautiful card discount (Golden Age Passport, Golden Access Passport, America the Beautiful Senior Pass, or America the Beautiful Access Pass) may only rent 1 campsite per visit. No other discount card applies.

    • No more than 2 camping units are allowed per site, with only 1 unit being a wheeled or mobile camping unit. For campers under the age of 18, a tent is allowed for immediate family residing in the same household.

    • Camping is permitted at designated (numbered) sites only. A maximum of 8 people are allowed per campsite. Designated non-profit groups, such as scout troops or church groups, will be allowed some exemptions.

    • All vehicles, including visitors, must display a parking pass in order to park in the campground. A maximum of 3 vehicles are allowed per campsite (if space permits). Vehicles are considered to be any of the following: boat trailers, wheeled camping units, automobiles, or motorcycles.

    • No washing of campers, vehicles, or boats is allowed in the campground.

    • Golf carts are permitted for use by Vista/TVA authorized personnel only. Motorized scooters are only allowed for those individuals with mobility impairment. Bicycles, skateboards, or scooter riding is prohibited from dusk to dawn. Safety helmets should be worn.

    • The maximum camping stay, during May through September, is 21 consecutive days unless renting a long-term site. The maximum camping stay, during October 1 through April 30, is 30 consecutive days for any single campsite. The camper and camping unit must leave the campground for a minimum of 14 days before returning. Other TVA Campgrounds are available for stay during this time (exception: Douglas Headwater and Douglas Tailwater are considered one campground for this interchange).

    • Check-out time is 12:00 PM.

    • Visitors are permitted between the hours of 8:00 AM and 10:00 PM

    • Quiet hours are from 10:00 PM to 7:00 AM. Please turn off any music, generators, or disruptive lighting by 10:00 PM.

    • Campers who are disruptive, intoxicated, or behaving in an obscene or profane manner will be reported to the TVA Police, asked to vacate the premises without reimbursement, and will be subject to a ban from a facility operated by Vista Recreation in a partnership agreement with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).

    • Place all trash in dumpsters except fish debris. Please contact the campground hosts on duty for pick-up and disposal of fish debris.

    • Campfires must be contained in metal fire rings. All firewood must be pre-cut and not include construction debris or pallets. No out-of-county firewood is allowed to be brought into the campground. Do not cut, damage, or drive nails into trees. Please do not burn trash in fire rings.

    • Observe posted speed limit signs throughout the campground.

    • All appliances must be kept inside the camping unit (no freezers or refrigerators are to be outside).

    • Satellite dishes, power cords, and pet crates must remain within the impact zone of the campsite.

    • Dumping waste or gray water onto the ground is prohibited.

    • Alcoholic beverages and fireworks are not permitted on TVA property. Firearms are prohibited in recreation areas except in hunting season excursions, and are permissible only if they are unloaded and properly cased. State and federal laws apply.