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Camping is one of the most exciting forms of travel available to us. It really allows us to connect with nature on a new level, a level that is hard to find in most parts of the modern world. In Tennessee, there are plenty of incredible places to go camping that feature backpacking trails that will bring you to gorgeous sights and allow you to reconnect with nature in a way you’d never imagine. Here are a few of the places to go backpacking camping in Tennessee.

Snoopers Rock, Prentice Cooper State Forest

Prentice Cooper State Forest is home to one of the best backpacking trails in Tennessee, Snoopers Rock. This nearly 6-mile trail is near Chatanooga and extremely popular if you’re a fan of hiking or birding. Along the way, you’ll find plenty of natural features such as water crossings, caves, and plenty of strange-looking rock formations. At the end, you’ll come across a stunning view that will have made the entire hike more than worth it.

Cummins Falls State Park

If you enjoy the water, then going camping at Cummins Falls State Park and backpacking to the base of the waterfall is a must. You’ll need a Gorge Acess permit if you want to spend some time at the falls but once you get there you’ll be in for incredible views. The park advises USCG-approved life jackets if you’re planning to swim by the falls and they also suggest only bringing snacks and water to the falls. If you don’t want to get a permit for the gorge, there are plenty of other great trails in the park that will still give you great views of the Blackburn Fork River.

Natchez Trace State Park

If you’re looking for a more difficult backpacking trail, try camping at Natchez Trace State Park. The Brown’s Creek Lake section of the Red Leaves trail is the way to go in this park, taking you up to 3 hours in order to get to the bottomland of the lake. Once you’ve arrived at the shore you’ll not only be greeted by an incredible view of the lake, but you’ll be able to see stunning birds of prey in action such as bald eagles and ospreys. Beyond this section, the Red Leaves Trail features over 40 miles of natural surface, but you’ll need a permit if you want to do any backcountry camping.