Campground Review: Piney River Resort

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Campground Review: Piney River Resort

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Piney River Resort offers postcard beauty that is the perfect getaway oasis!

Camping and outdoor activities continue to be on the rise in popularity.  This trend has also encouraged tremendous growth in the campground experiences available to outdoor enthusiasts.  Our family recently spent Easter weekend at Piney River Resort in Tennessee, and we are already planning a return for next year.  What unique experiences does this campground offer?  A resort-style campground is something I really enjoy and this spot is the perfect balance of natural beauty and upscale amenities! 

Make your reservations early to secure one of the pavilion sites at Piney River.

Campground Review:  River Resort

Piney River Resort is located about 50 miles from Nashville, Tennessee.  They have both traditional camping sites as well as relaxing riverfront sites.  Piney River offers tiny homes for guests that don't own an RV.  While all of the sites are surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful scenery, the pavilion sites along the river are true gems.  We reserved sites 2 and 3 for Easter weekend, and I felt like these are some of the best sites we have experienced.

Sites 2 and 3 are both Pavillion sites that are great for friends camping next to each other.

The pavilion and riverfront sites give you fantastic views of the gentle Piney River.  There is nothing like sitting outside and drinking your coffee in the morning while listening to the water below or a campfire crackling against the sounds of water babbling in the background.  These sites provide a large, covered outdoor area to enjoy cooking and eating our meals.  Our son watched an outdoor movie one evening under our pavilion.  

Our view from our site was so dreamy and relaxing.

The pavilion sites are roomy so fun for meals and spending time together outdoors.

I enjoyed cooking outdoors under our pavillion.


All of the waterfront sites are wonderful, but there is one stand-out site that you should check out if you are still planning your trip to Piney River.  Pavillion site number 5 has it all!  This site has beautiful pavillions just like we had, but it also comes equipped with little steps that lead to a small sandy area perfect for setting up a couple of chairs on the edge of the water.  

The views from Pavillion site 5 are amazing!

The little steps down to the water and beach area make this site perfect!

The picnic table overlooks the water.

Each Pavillion has outdoor lighting for the additional perfect touch in the evening.

Piney River Resort does have firewood available for purchase.  They will even deliver it to your site.  There are washers and dryers for campers as needed.  Everything is clean and well laid out for guests.

We loved our fire out by the water.


If you don't want to tow your RV or don't own an RV, rent one of the tiny houses that are available to guests.  They even offer tents for troops RV for active military and their families.  

If you are planning a trip to Piney River Resort, you want to plan ahead.  The waterfront sites fill up quickly and are so worth the effort to reserve one well in advance.  You also want to plan for the drive into the campground.  Once you exit off of the main road, in our case it was interstate 40, the roads are narrow leading into the campground.  I encourage you to call ahead and ask for the best directions to get to the campground from the direction you are traveling.  If you are an RV newbie, this information could be very helpful to you!  There is at least 1 one-lane bridge to cross coming in.  I don't want to scare anyone off, but it is good information to have ahead of time.

Grinder's Switch Winery was a perfect afternoon outing.

Be sure to reserve a fire pit and order a charcuterie board.

Drive over to Centerville and see Minnie Pearl's hometown.

Find a local trail for hiking!


Finally, take advantage of some of the local attractions while you are there.
  • Plan a trip down the Piney River with a local company to enjoy even more time on the water.  We plan to return and do this!
  • Reserve a fire pit at Grinder's Switch Winery and enjoy some wine and one of their charcuterie boards.  We did this and loved every second.  It was so much fun.
  • Centerville is Minnie Pearl's birthplace.  They even have a little statue to celebrate her.  
  • Take one of the nearby hikes using your All Trails app.  We did a short hike and enjoyed the sites.
  • Or, take a day trip into Nashville.

A trip to Piney River Resort is so relaxing.  It was just was we needed to unwind from an incredibly busy spring and school year.  We plan to return next year when the weather is warm so that we can enjoy the water.  But, no matter what time of year you plan to visit, the natural beauty and charm will have you planning to come back again!

Until next time...  Happy camping!

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