True West Big South Fork Horse Campgrounds
Gateway to the Big South Fork

True West Campground
3341 Leatherwood Ford Road
Jamestown, TN 38556
Fentress County
(931) 752-8272

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Big South Fork Horse Campgrounds


Outside our office door, in case of emergencies, you will find the following information:

  • Directions, address and phone numbers to the nearest hospitals.
  • Phone numbers to the local police, local Sheriff's office, the local fire department and ambulance (in case 911 is not appropriate)
  • Our procedure for alerting you to a potential or sited tornado.
  • Directions to the nearest tornado shelter.
  • Phone numbers for the Ranger's station in the park.
  • Phone numbers for the nearest veterinarians.

    Your safety, and the safety of your animals is important to us.
    Please let us know if there is any further information you may need about the area to assist you.


    Our rules are few and we appreciate your cooperation in helping to
    make a better campground that is enjoyable to everyone.

  • Common sense and courtesy PLEASE - this is our back yard.

  • We are pet friendly, in order to stay that way, the rules below must be adhered to:

  • If you brought your dog(s) you MUST pick up after them. Nobody likes to stay
    in a site where dogs doo the things they doo and they find it unexpectedly.
    Please be courteous to all and clean up after them. You may walk them on the
    front lawn and if they doo there is a bucket and scooper available for your use.
    Doo use it. .

  • No pets in the common areas during events (includes pot lucks and other meals)

  • Pets are expected to be on a leash if they are outside their camping area.

    You may have them off leash on your camping site ONLY as long as they are
    completely under your control at all times AND are not seen "visiting" other
    campsites. We will ask you to tie them if they are seen off their own site.

    This is for the courtesy of ALL.

  • Please be courteous and leave the site as you found it. We work hard to provide you
    with a clean campground and clean sites - the easier you make it for us, the less time we
    spend cleaning up and the more time we can spend making improvements.

  • There are only two places we like to see butts; in the saddle or in an ashtray. We never
    like to see either on the ground. If you have not brought an ashtray, either ask for one, or use
    an empty can. The campsites were butt free when you arrived, let's try to keep them that way.

  • Please do not burn trash in the fire pits!! They are for campfire wood and charcoal only. Items
    such as tin cans, plastic, bottles, styrofoam and food do NOT blend well with the environment. We
    use the ash in the firepits to fertilize the grounds and burning trash prevents us from doing this.
    Please help us be "Green" and adhere to this simple rule. We pick up your trash for you so please
    dispose of it properly.

  • Please do not move the stones for the firepits. This is SANDstone and it cracks easily. Moving it
    will break it. They are not wheel chucks, or logs for splitting wood. They are meant to contain the fire only.

  • Please do not leave your trash out at night - see our free services below.

  • Horses are not allowed in the camping areas for SAFETY reasons. Please adhere to this very important rule.

  • For the purpose of safety and space, only ONE truck/car and ONE trailer can be
    parked on each site. If you have extra vehicles or trailers, please see the front office for
    additional parking requests.

    We surely do appreciate your cooperation in following our few but simple rules. It makes things
    so much easier and more pleasant for everyone. Thank you!!


  • Priority Check-in - If you would like to come early, you can take advantage of our
    Priority Check-in service for an additional fee of $2/hr for campsites and $4/hr for lodging facilities
    for each hour prior to the official check-in time. If this option appeals to you, YOU MUST LET US
    so we can confirm that your site is available for this option.

  • Stay and Play Package - Should your stay go by too quickly, we have two options for you
    to extend your time here! PLEASE CHECK WITH THE OFFICE FIRST before taking
    advantage of these options.

    First Option: Guests are welcome to extend their stay past the 11:00 am check out time for $2/hour
    for campsites and $4 for lodging facilities. This will allow you to "Stay" on your site for an extended time while you
    "play" out on the trails one last time before heading home. This option is subject to site/lodging availability and
    must be arranged prior to the 11:00 am check out time. This option is for SITE only and does not include stalls.
    Stalls must be vacated to allow for clean-up. When you return, you can untack at the hitching rails and use the
    wash stations and other amenities prior to loading up to head home.

    Second Option: Guests are welcome to extend their stay past the 11:00am check out time for FREE if they vacate
    their site and stalls and park the trailer up by the office. With this option you are riding as a day rider. This option
    must be arranged prior to the 11:00 am check out time. This option does not include stalls. Stalls must be vacated
    to allow for clean-up. When you return, you can untack at the hitching rails and use the wash stations and other
    amenities prior to loading up to head home.


  • Buy now, Pay Later - As a convenience to you, while you are our guest
    we will start a customer tab for the items you need or want during your stay. Ice,
    wood, gift items, etc. All we need is a credit card on file (in case you forget to pay
    before you leave) and then, as you need things, or as you select gift items from the
    store, we will put it on your tab. All we ask is that you settle up with us the evening
    before your departure.

  • Trash Pickup - We do not have trash barrels in the campground because it
    keeps the critters away. If you have trash, put it in the back of your trailer at night, but then
    in the morning, leave it out by the FRONT of your site BEFORE NOON.
    We will pick it up for you and bring it to the dumpster. Please do not throw food
    and trash in the campfire pits. We recycle/compost the ash to fertilize the grounds
    and food in the firepits will also attract the unwanted critters.

  • Delivery Service - Need firewood? Swing by the office and let us know your site
    number. We will deliver it.

  • Horse Care - Not riding today? Going for a hike or a day trip to Nashville? Let us know
    and we'll check on your horses for you while you are out. Water, hay, feed - let us know what they
    need and we'll take care of them for the day.

  • Trailer Cleaning - When you arrive we do our best to help you unload your tack and
    supplies to your stalls and will clean out the back of your trailer when possible. This provides a
    cleaner environment down by the sites and a clean trailer for the ride home. Not to mention the fact
    that the sooner you're unloaded, the sooner you can start your vacation! And that's what counts!

  • Night time Check up - Your horses are just as important to us as you are. We know you are
    tired from a full day out on the trails. So after your last round of taking care of the horses, we'll go out
    to the barn and check on them too. We'll make sure they are comfortable and no one is in distress,
    all locks are on correctly, and if your horse has gotten out - we'll get him back in! You can sleep soundly
    knowing your horse is comfortably tucked into his stall for the night.


    All visitors will be required to sign a Waiver and Release Agreement
    upon check-in at True West. If you would like to read the
    Waiver before you get here, CLICK HERE for a copy.

    True West is on Central Standard Time.
    Check-in time is 2:00 p.m.; check-out time is 11:00 a.m.
    for the campground as well as other lodging.

    If you arrive before 2pm, or stay after 11:00am, extra fees may apply.

    Cell phone service is spotty at best in Big South Fork.
    You may want to bring a calling card to use while you are here.

    Hay is usually available for purchase, but check first.

    We bed with sawdust, but bags of compressed shavings are available for purchase.

    Ice and firewood are sold in the Mercantile.

    Dogs are welcome at True West as long as they stay on a leash at all times .
    Owners are expected to clean up after their dogs, wherever they may "go".
    Dogs are not allowed in the barns, bath houses, on the deck or in the Mercantile.
    This is an insurance issue and must be strictly enforced.

    There is a Walmart Supercenter in Jamestown approximately 15 miles from True West.
    There are restaurants and fast food anywhere from 5 miles to 15 miles from camp.

    The closest gas station is 7 miles away at Beatty Market, so don't come in on empty!

    Big South Fork is located in a dry county. You can purchase beer locally,
    as well as some nice wine from a local winery. However, if you're looking for something
    stronger, the nearest liquor store is about one hour away in Crossville -- so BYOB!

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