Address: 1204 Murfreesboro Road, Lebanon, TN 37090
Phone: (615) 449-2831
# of sites: 160
Full hookup price: From $50/day or $185/week
Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
Warnings: Lots of mud and flooding during and after rainstorms
Upon arrival for our Tennessee visit at a Thousand Trails resort, we found no Internet and no sites available with sewer hookups. That left us no choice but to pay for a campground and TN 40 RV Campground was cheaper than KOA and close to family members we were visiting. That is where the advantages ended, however.
This park gave us decent weekly rates that computed out to around $27/night plus tax, almost half what the local KOA's were charging. They gave us a site with no notice and were extremely friendly. Not all sites here are spacious, but ours was.
Probably the biggest plus for the TN 40 RV Campground is its proximity to Nashville -- close enough to visit but far enough away to avoid its horrendous city traffic. There are a few very large lakes around (see my Tennessee gallery) and plenty of activities available on many rivers and lakes as well as various state parks and nature trails, such as hiking, fishing, boating and birdwatching. The Cumberland River winds its way through the region northeast of Nashville and feeds Old Hickory Lake and the Cordell Hull Reservoir. Southeast of Music City are the J. Percy Priest Reservoir, a 42-mile-long lake lined with a myriad of state parks and recreation areas. And then there's Nashville.
Unfortunately, the beautiful photos of the campground posted on their website must be several years old. We found no semblance of manicured lawn, just poorly maintained patches of grass. There were nasty potholes on the gravel roads throughout the park and years-old bulldozed piles of brush, dirt and rocks that are now part of the permanent landscape. The dirt in the sites could have used gravel to keep from becoming muddy quagmires after rainstorms, and even the grassy area flooded with about three inches of rainwater.
Probably the worst feature of the TN 40 RV park is the number of apparently low-income and transient families living there. There were dozens of young, half-bare kids running around without supervision and many feral cats evidently being cared for by residents. Even though their website states that no pre-2000 models of RV are allowed in the campground, we saw several older than that, and many that were dilapidated and/or broken down. We felt we were staying in a mobile home park in a poorer section of town.
With significant attention and maintenance, as well as a few capital improvements, this campground could be much improved, probably enough to recommend it. As it is, I cannot see it being an option for anyone unless they have a budget restraint.
Jack Huber is a novelist with 7 mysteries published, along with several books of poetry and photography. Now retired, he and his wife, Nadyne, are free to travel the country in their 32' 5th wheel and 1-ton Ford pickup.