We then headed back to camp through the woods and it was so cool. All of the woods were lit up by lightning bugs. Yes! Tons and tons of lightning bugs flying around. It was so pretty. I’ve never seen so many lightning bugs in one area before.After showers my brothers and I sat around and talked. It was such a great moment to finally have some father daughter and brother bonding time like we used to growing up. We talked about everything, catching up on all the stuff we have missed out on in each other’s lives due to the military separating us from our family the last several years. That night my brother Alex and I ended up passing out on the hammocks talking about silly things and starring at the stars.
Camping At Tim’s Ford State Park
Tim’s Ford State Park is located in Winchester, Tennessee (any Supernatural fans out there?) and is named after Tim’s Ford Lake. There’s no on the water campsites that I saw but there are a few fairly close to the water. I was a little distant from the water but was still able to walk to it without a struggle.
Rates for their campsites range from $20 to $32 a night depending on the site you are looking for. Follow the links below for reservations and to learn more about the campground. Make reservations ahead of time as sites do fill up fairly quickly especially during high peak times such as holiday weekends and summer time.
Tim’s Ford allows animals as long as they are on a leash at all times. The leash is to protect your pet and other’s from getting hurt or getting lost.
The lake is beautiful and a must to go to. Feel free to bring your paddleboard, kayaks, canoes, etc,.. or you can even rent your own at the marina there. They do rent out quickly as well so make prior arrangements if you plan to rent. Follow all lake docking laws and safety regulations please and be courteous to others on the lake.
To learn more about the campground and what it has to offer go here.
To make your own account and make reservations go here.
570 Tims Ford Dr.
Winchester, TN 37398
Getting Ready For Your Camping Trip
Whether you have decided to camp solo, with friends or your family, kids, pets, please always come prepared. The good thing about this campground is that your car can be parked at your campsite so you can bring more then what you need and not worry about carrying it all on a hike. Coming prepared is a must so in order to do so here’s a few things you need to keep in mind.
- Weather – is it going to rain, be a sunny day, snow, storm? Pack accordingly.
- Temperature – if it’s cold bring warm clothing, if it’s warm bring tick and mosquito repellent and more water then what you think you will need.
- Who’s coming? – You have to park according to who’s there. Kids, pets, group, or yourself. If going in a group you can easily divide the food list among everyone in the group. This way it makes it easier to cook meals and meal prep. I usually do a menu for each day camping and have everyone pick and choose a meal each.
- First Aid Kit – I can’t stress this out enough. You never know when someone may get hurt so it is always good to play it safe.
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I wish my family enjoyed camping when I was younger, your kiddos are lucky! It sounds like you all had a great time!
Awe thank you. I love camping and I love that my little ones are liking it as much as I do. 🙂
I love camping! & I’m glad you bring your girls!! It’s not something my family did, EVER, so Inwas forced to discover my love for it on my own.
I’m glad you found your love for the outdoors. Not everyone raised going camping do grow up to love it. My brothers and I all were raised outdoors but one of my brothers is not a big fan of camping out. He’ll do it if he has to but he will also avoid it if he could. The good thing is to grow to love what your heart desires. I’m glad you found just that. 😉
Tims Ford has seven paddle-in campsites. Six of them are located on one of the six nearby islands. These are primitive campsites, there are no amenities. You will need to bring what you need in, and carry out. Please practice Leave No Trace.
Thank you so much for this. I had no idea of the primitive sites. And yes… always practice LNT.