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Old 11-27-2021, 10:29 PM
 
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We have a 4x4 Tacoma that we'd like to do some off road exploring in, but are totally unfamiliar with the area. We would also like to camp (when the weather warms up, of course), but because I use a CPAP, it would have to be a campground that has electricity available. Any suggestions for campgrounds that might also be somewhat close to some fun (light) dirt roads?
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Old 11-28-2021, 05:27 PM
 
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I would head east of Bristol into the Cherokee National Forest. There is at Jacob's Creek campground in the forest along South Holston Lake.
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Old 12-03-2021, 05:34 PM
 
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Great! We'll check it out. Thanks.
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Old 12-04-2021, 11:03 PM
 
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Try freecampsites.net for free, undeveloped camping options in the area. I like this spot: https://freecampsites.net/#!9168&query=sitedetails

Edit: Oh I didn't see the CPAP part before I posted. Few of the site listed there have power. However, they are usually far enough from others that you can use a generator.
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Old 12-14-2021, 10:29 PM
 
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Thanks for the link, and yeah, I plan to get a portable power station for the CPAP. Can't wait to do some exploring!
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Old 12-16-2021, 09:03 AM
 
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The real question-what do you mean by "light off-roading"? There is very little in the line of 4x4 trails anywhere in the Cherokee NF and 4x4s aren't allowed off-road. I think there is a little "ohv park" somewhere in the Roan Mountain area, but don't quote me on that. If you want to go explore some gravel forest service roads, there are a good number-just open up google maps, zoom in and pick a skinny white line.
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Old 12-29-2021, 08:21 AM
 
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Thanks for all the replies. Toyman, light offroading to me means anything you can do with a stock 4x4 with all terrain tires. I'd rather not have to install a lift, tow bumper, sliders, etc. Tacomas are pretty capable in stock form, but even they can't exactly rock crawl. All is subjective of course, but as long as I won't need a tow vehicle, MaxTraxx or anything that extreme, I should be good to go. Guess we'll just go exploring, and if we have to re-route, no sweat; I've certainly done that before.
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Old 01-02-2022, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Del Rio, TN
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Thanks for all the replies. Toyman, light offroading to me means anything you can do with a stock 4x4 with all terrain tires. I'd rather not have to install a lift, tow bumper, sliders, etc. Tacomas are pretty capable in stock form, but even they can't exactly rock crawl. All is subjective of course, but as long as I won't need a tow vehicle, MaxTraxx or anything that extreme, I should be good to go. Guess we'll just go exploring, and if we have to re-route, no sweat; I've certainly done that before.
From what I've seen (and admittedly I haven't gotten out as much as I'd like in the last few months since I've moved here) forest service gravel roads for the most part can be traveled in a family sedan. I did find one out of Newport that at least had a few spots with some steps/exposed rocks to traverse. I was on an adventure bike, it wasn't an issue. One thing I haven't seen yet is much in the line of "dispersed" camping, where people just go and set up a tent off the road in the NF, like is done in the west. From what little I've seen, even developed campgrounds (and NF roads in general) don't get nearly the travel and use they do in the west. I was up at Round Top campground out of Del Rio on Labor Day weekend-it was empty! In Idaho, every camp spot and pull-off would be full. Also very little traffic in general.
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