Tennessee may not be your first thought for a glamping experience, but the Volunteer State is ripe with fire pit stargazing, canvas tent chilling, woodland hiking opportunities. From Gatlinburg, TN, a historic mountain town known as 'the Gateway to the Great Smokies' and its abundance of unique glamping spots, to the 520,000-acre Great Smoky Mountains National Park itself, to Dolly Parton's famed Dollywood-there's something for everyone.
To the west, Tennesse is bordered by 94 miles of the initial stages of the Appalachian Trail, and the Mississippi River runs down its Eastern-most border. In between, there are the country-music meccas of Memphis and Nashville, 12 great lakes, and 56 designated state parks, all with mountain views and easy access to the joys of the outdoors. In short, don't rule out a trip to Tennesee during your next glamping trip, 'cause there's a whole lot to see.
To help in your planning, we've compiled some of the best rentals from AirBnb, VRBO, and other glamping sites to get you started. Scroll on and enjoy.
Vibe: At home in the dome
This Tennessee glamping dome has everything you need and more. Capable of accommodating up to 6 guests underneath its curved walls, the place features an impressive wooden structure that contains bedrooms, bunk beds, the restroom, and a kitchen counter that doubles as a 5-person bar. Only three miles from Great Smoky Mountains National Park, there's a lot to explore, or stay home and enjoy your private hot tub, picnic table, and fire pit.
Vibe: Silver surfer
Set on the grounds of a working horse and hobby farm, this 20' Airstream Safari sleeps 1-3 guests. While you'll only be a 20 min drive to Chattanooga and 15 min to Enterprise South Nature Park, there's plenty to do right outside your door. Hike the grounds, splash in Little Wolfever creek, hang out with the farm animals, schedule a horseback ride or make dinner from farm-fresh products.
Vibe: A-Frame farm
Just one mini A-Frame amongst many, the Lone Star A-Frame sits on the grounds of Starstruck Farm in rural Tennessee. Outfitted with two queen beds, a wood stove, a mini-fridge, fire pit, a picnic table, and a complimentary breakfast, you'll be doing a little more than glamping but still be surrounded by Tennessee nature. Starstruck Farm hosts events too, so rally some friends to book the neighboring A-Frames for a memorable trip.
Vibe: Can't kill my view
With a deck that can't be beat, if you want views, rent the Wild Hare Tent. Situated on a hill overlooking Thunderhead Mountain and the Great Smoky Mountains, this luxe glamping tent is a perfect place to kick back and relax. Inside, the decor is charming and homey, featuring a kitchenette, queen sized bed, bathroom, seating area, and heating and AC.
Vibe: Choose your own adventure
Enjoy some Smoky Mountains glamping at Glamp Ventures, a riverside campsite home to a variety of cabins and tents, and access to a host of outdoor activities. Of particular note is their Lady A cabin, a mini A-Frame outfitted in inviting decor with its own private bathroom.
Vibe: Woodland luxe
The Cordell Cove tent isn't just any tent. It may appear unassuming but it's packed with luxe amenities like a screened-in porch, private deck, wood-fired hot tub, and rain shower to keep even the most timid outdoorist comfortable. A mile down the road from Cordell Hull Lake, rent a boat or kayak for the day or experience the hiking trails and waterfalls at Cummins Falls State Park.
Vibe: The magic treeehouse
What's better than a canvas tent? A multi-level, luxury treehouse canvas tent! The Roost puts your average treehouse to shame with multiple, maze-like floors of vintage-styled furniture and decor. 44 stairs take you up to a lush bedroom complete with deck, sitting area, and fireplace while another set of stairs takes you down to a bathroom and cooking area. Minutes away from the Tennessee River, rent a kayak or boat to spend a day out or explore downtown Chattanooga.
Vibe: Retro glam
25 min from downtown Nashville, in Ashland City, this trailer is a restored 1949 Spartan Mansion surrounded by a covered deck. The spacious outdoor amenities include a fire pit, outdoor kitchen, seating area, and impressive bathhouse. Inside, retro wood finishing covers the entire place for a truly vintage experience.
Vibe: Shire chic
It's only appropriate that these hobbit hole cabins are on the grounds of a verdant sustainable fruit tree farm. A reservation books all three cabins for your stay so bring some friends and spend the weekend hiking, picking fruit, or pretending to be a hobbit.
Vibe: Sweet n' simple
If you're looking for a classic glamp experience, look no further than GlampKnox. Charming and straightforward, there are two comfortable twin beds, a covered deck with two rocking chairs, and a firepit outside your door-all with stunning views of the Cumberland Mountains below.
Vibe: Your own dome
These mini-domes are the perfect glamping getaway for one or two-people. On the grounds of a 140-acre farm, you'll be surrounded by fields, forests, and a barn that acts as a small lodge for the property. Relax in your dome or head out to explore the surrounding area, which includes the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Cosby entrance, Dollywood, and the charming towns of Historic Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, and Newport.
Vibe: Views for days
Nestled within 16 acres of its own private property, this dome is a tranquil escape perfect for a family or group. Elevated on a spacious deck and tucked into a 40’ rock bluff, the dome overlooks the mountain below. Outside, there's a hot tub and swings to hang out on, and the interior is classic cozy. For nature lovers, Fiery Gizzard Trail, Foster Falls, and Cumberland Caverns are all nearby for exploring.
Vibe: Farmland chic
On 40-acre Setter Point Farm, this renovated 31' 1980 Airstream Excella contains all the charm of a country barn, minus the animal smells ofc. With cozy textiles and antique wood, you'll feel right at home overlooking the surrounding hills, or hanging out around the fire pit and cooking S'mores. The property borders the Piney River and is just an hour drive from Nashville, TN.
Vibe: Eclectic escape
This 14' x 7' camper may be small, but it packs a lot of character in its little space. Outfitted with retro textiles, colors, and materials, the Camp Grits Camper looks it was lifted from the scene of Moonrise Kingdom. Cozy up inside, or hang out in the woodland surrounds. And if this camper doesn't float your boat, check out the others on the property.
Vibe: Glamping lite
If you're looking for luxury, you've found it. The Luxury Tents at the Ridge Outdoor Resort are more house than tent, equipped with wifi, TVs, heat, air conditioning, private restrooms, spacious bedrooms and living areas, and full kitchens. You'll also have access to resort amenities and activities, and are a quick drive to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and NASCAR SpeedPark.
Vibe: Rustic beauty
Just 10 miles from Gatlinburg, TN on 182-acres of wooded terrain Under Canvas Great Smoky Mountains is a sight to behold. Outfitted with minimal wooden furniture and rustic accents, their safari tents are simple and inviting, all centered around a massive lodge-tent that holds activities and dining. Hang out at camp, or explore the surrounding area, which offers plenty of hiking.