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The Premier Campground of Big South Fork, Tennessee

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New Owners and NEW MANAGEMENT since March 2023!!!

Come on over and meet Tim & Heather Sutton!

Tim and Heather have been avid trail riders and campers their entire lives, they have camped all over Tennessee and North Carolina hitting the trails whenever they get a chance. They both were trail guides in the Smoky Mountains for over 10 years and truly enjoy and appreciate the hard work and dedication it takes to build and create a good trustworthy trail horse.

 True West is THE premiere campground of Big South Fork. Our legendary customer service is known far and wide. On top of that, we are adjacent to one of the best kept secrets of the southeast, Big South Fork National River and Recreational, offering the best trail riding in Tennessee!  Whether you are into Hiking, Biking, River Riding, Trail Riding, Rock Climbing or star gazing, you'll find it in Big South Fork. There are also nearby ATV trails available in Pickett State Park and Black House. Motorcycle touring groups also find the area a great place to ride. And we're right in the middle of it all! You won't find better Hospitality and HORSEpitality® anywhere in the country! 



True West is centrally located by Big South Fork with easy access to a great many outdoor adventures. Our facilities include 34 easy access, level RV and camping sites, all with water and electric, some with sewer hookups. Our shower houses are very clean and provide plenty of hot water! We have two stocked fishing ponds that you can fish in - no license required. Our mercantile is stocked with gifts, home decor, yard decor, camping supplies, horse tack, snacks, maps, and Western wear. We have soft serve ice cream in the store during the summer, as well as an ATM. Ice and firewood are also available.  We carry TOTAL FEED and Hay.

We also have a Propane Refill Station!!

All campers have access to our large enclosed and covered deck for gathering or attending one of our many events. For those who use it, there is WIFI throughout the campground !! Since we have wifi, you can also use wifi calling for your phone calls. 

Don't have a Camper or Living Quarters? We've got you covered! We have lodging available to rent. Many different options to choose from. There is the Marshal Suite, located above the Mercantile in the main building and the tucked-in-the-woods Miner's Shack Cabin. We also offer the unique experience of sleeping in covered wagons but with some creature comforts of home (Beds, and wagons have AC and Heat!!). Love to tent? No worries!! We have plenty of space for you to set your tent up!

If you are in need of horse facilities, we have two large barns with a total of 67 stalls, each with 2 bucket hooks for your water and feed, a saddle rack and a bridle hook. We also have two large wash bays so you can give your horse a good bath after a long ride, and a large 60' round pen. 

True West also offers parking and the use of the common area to those just passing through for the day and needing access to the trails. We are only a 1 mile trail ride to the Cumberland Valley Trail Head in Big South Fork National Park.

The natural beauty of this wilderness area will draw you to the Big South Fork. It will be the genuine friendliness, positive atmosphere, and great hospitality ~ as well as the best HORSEpitality®~ that will bring you back over and over again. From tent camping to full RV hookups, lodging, we have it all!!  Keep an eye on our Facebook Page EVENTS as we have many throughout the year!!

Big South Fork River


June 2023

Very peaceful

"A very peaceful place to stay. We parked our 45' class A and 20' trailer on a level spot with full hook ups overlooking the beautiful horses. Tim and Heather are super sweet people and very accommodating. Wishing you both all the best on your new adventure."

> 150 Excellent Traveler Ratings on TripAdvisor
> 750 5-Star Reviews on
> 350 Positive Reviews on Facebook

*2014-2015 BEST Small Campground in TN by TN Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (TNARVC)! 

* 2016 BEST Small Campground in the US of the Year by the National ARVC Association!
* 2016 GREEN Campground of the year for our Green efforts By the National ARVC Association! 





True West is only a ONE mile trail ride to the Cumberland Valley Trail head, and from there you can ride all day!! Check out 3 beautiful scenic overlooks!!

Over 180 miles of horse trails available throughout the Big South Fork that provide access to many of the park's scenic features and natural beauty...



True West has 2 barns  that are centrally located from all sites with a total of 67 10x10 horse stalls, both have an 18 foot hallway for ease in tacking up your horse for that great trail ride.  Also enjoy easy use of our outdoor wash bays...



​Our campsites are level and accommodate even the largest rigs! 34 easy access campsites, all with 30amp electric and water hookups,9 full hookup sewer sites, 3 Full hookup sewer sites with 50amp​ and even a few spots perfect for tents​...



We have comfortable accommodations in our Marshal's Suite, private  lodging in our Miner's Shack and even Conestoga Covered Wagons 'glamping' for a unique and memorable camping experience...



3341 Leatherwood Ford Road

Jamestown, TN 38556 

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