Welcome to the Jonesborough / Cherokee NF KOA, Gateway to the Appalachian Highlands!

Relaxation is required at our small, family friendly, boutique campground located directly on the banks of the Nolichucky River. If you're looking for excitement you can explore Tennessee's oldest established town and the home of the International Storytelling Center, enjoy family entertainment at Wetlands Water Park, or Bright's Zoo. Take advantage of the gorgeous Cherokee National Forest with hiking galore, or relax and enjoy the Nolichucky River at your campsite. New for 2022- sluice for treasures in our gem mine or upgrade your vacation by staying in one of our premium deluxe patio sites.  Make a memorable experience by glamping  in our rare 1949 vintage camper, caboose rooms, or deluxe cabin with room for the whole family.  We are in close proximity to Erwin, Johnson City, ETSU, and a short 50 minutes to Asheville, NC. 
Join us in creating memories by connecting with those you love and with nature!

Campground Amenities

  • 50 Max Amp
  • 65' Max Length
  • Wi-Fi
  • Cable TV
  • Fishing ($)
  • Firewood ($)
  • Pavilion
  • Dog Park
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Ways to Stay

KOA Journey

KOA Journey Campgrounds

KOA Journey campgrounds are the perfect oases after a day on the road. Whether it’s along the way or a quick getaway, they’ve got you covered. Located near the highways and byways of North America with long Pull-thru RV Sites, they deliver convenience to the traveling camper. Pull in, ease back and take a load off.

KOA Journeys Feature:

  • Pull-through RV Sites with 50-amp service
  • Premium Tent Sites
  • Well lit after hours check-in service

Latest Hot Deal

$25 Lodging Deposit

Book by May 31st for one of our Deluxe Cabins, Caboose Rooms, or Vintage Camper for a stay during the months of July or August  and secure your reservation for only a $25 deposit on site fees.

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Local Area

Historic Jonesborough

Visit Historic Jonesborough, an 18th century town, with its preserved main street which brings history to life. Visit the shops, eateries, museums, take a town tour and delight in the old town feel with the vibrant culture of today.

117 Boone ST

Jonesborough, TN 37659




Cherokee National Forest

Many local access points to Cherokee National Forest Trails. Multiple waterfall hikes. You may locate these hikes from all Trails as well.

Watauga Ranger District

4400 Unicoi Dr

Unicoi, TN 37692




Chuckey Railroad Depot Museum

Preserved Chuckey TN Southern Railway train depot, turned museum that honors the role railroading in the town's history. You can walk through a real caboose.

210 S 2nd Ave

Jonesborough, TN 37659




Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum

The Chester Inn is the oldest commercial building in town. You can view the museum which depicts Jonesborough from 1779 to the present. Learn about the lost state of Franklin and view decorated rooms on the upper level. Town walking tours depart from the Chester in season on Saturdays. Call te museum for information.

116 West Main Street

Jonesborough, TN 37659




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