Pot Point Blueway Camping


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Rules for Camping at Pot Point

The campsite at Pot Point is maintained by the Tennessee River Gorge Trust, as a convenience to visitors. Please help us maintain this site.

 

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1.     The Pot Point campsite is a first come first serve boat-in and walk-in site only. It may flood during high water in the spring. Here is the Pot Point Campsite Map.

 

2.     Access from River Canyon RD:

It is located approximately .6 mile from the Pot Point Nature trailhead at 17805 River Canyon Rd (says Mullins Cove RD on Google Maps). The campsite is AFTER the recent landslide where the road is one lane, and is marked by a wooden TRAIL sign on the left.

Please park on the road only to load and unload your camping supplies and park overnight at the Pot Point Nature trailhead gravel parking lot. It is a 15-minute walk back to the campsite on the trail or the road.

 

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3.     Access from the TN River:

Campsite is approximately at 448 river miles, past the Pot point cabin and PAST the volleyball net on river right. There is a Blueway sign to mark the campsite.

 

4.     Pack It In, Pack It Out.  Please follow Leave No Trace principles.

 

5.     BRING YOUR OWN FIREWOOD.  Do not collect firewood.

Forest litter provides food and habitat for many insects, birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, and even microorganisms.  If every camper collected firewood, there would not be any left for the forest.

 

6.     Please do not dump liquids or wash anything in the Tennessee River or its tributaries.  When washing your hands or dishes, please carry water well away from the campsite and river, at least 200 feet away if possible, and use small amounts of environmentally friendly soaps (see list below).  Many soaps can harm wildlife, and soapy water can pollute our waterways and groundwater.  

Examples of environmentally friendly soaps:

Dr. Bronner's brand                                                    
Castile-based soaps like Kirk's Castile
Wilderness Wash by Sea to Summit
Campsuds with Citronella, Lavender, or Peppermint oils
 

7.     Lights out, Noise out at 10 PM.  Be courteous and do not disturb other campers.

 

8.     Carry a copy of your permit with you, i.e. your confirmation email. 

 

9.     To report illegal activity, contact: 

For Williams Island - Hamilton County Sheriff's Office at (423) 622 - 0022
For Pot Point - Marion County Sheriff's Department at (423) 942 - 2525

Link to the Blueway map in case you need further details: Blueway Map


Directions to Williams Island and Pot Point Blueway campsites

By Water

The Tennessee River Gorge falls within the Tennessee River Blueway, a river trail formed by TVA in the 1930s that runs for 45 miles from Chickamauga Dam to Nickajack Dam. The best information for traveling on the Tennessee Blueway is located at Canoe Tennessee's website. 

Head over to Outdoor Chattanooga's website for tons of information on exploring the Gorge via water.

By Car

(from downtown Chattanooga)

Approximate Travel Time: 1.5-2 hours

Take US-27 North over the Tennessee River and travel 1-2 miles to the Signal Mountain Road exit (US-127 North). Turn right toward Signal Mountain.  At the base of Signal Mountain, at the intersection of US-127 North and Highway 27 West, turn left onto Highway 27 (Suck Creek Road directly across the street from Subway). 

Travel exactly 4 miles on Suck Creek Road.  After you pass “The Little Store” on your left, you will take the next left onto River Canyon Road. There may not be a road sign here.  Travel on this road for several windy miles (30-45 minutes depending on your pace) – always keeping the river on your left. 

After about 4 miles on River Canyon Road, you will come to the Trust's Pot Point Cabin on your left.  A parking area will be on your right.  Stop here to take in the view of the river from this beautiful spot or hike our self-guided nature trail (a 4.1 mile strenuous loop).  Hikers are welcome at any time, although fall through spring is the nicest time to hike the trail.  Be careful insects and wildlife during the summer months.

The campsite is located approximately .6 mile from the Pot Point Nature trailhead at 17805 River Canyon Rd (says Mullins Cove RD on Google Maps). The campsite is AFTER the recent landslide where the road is one lane, and is marked by a wooden TRAIL sign on the left.

Please park on the road only to load and unload your camping supplies and park overnight at the Pot Point Nature trailhead gravel parking lot. It is a 15-minute walk back to the campsite on the trail or the road.

 


Camping Application

To apply for a permit to camp at Pot Point or Williams Island Blueway Campsites, please fill out the form below at least one full business day before you plan to camp. You will be emailed a permit. Please call 423.266.0314 or email info@trgt.org during normal business hours with any questions. 

***Fire restrictions have been lifted as of 12/15/16, but please be aware of the dry conditions and don't leave your campfire unattended. 

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