Reservations being accepted for Dennis Cove Campground

Johnson City Press • Aug 18, 2015 at 8:38 PM

UNICOI — U.S. Forest Service Officials at the Cherokee National Forest announced that two additional campgrounds will be added to the National Recreation Reservation System.

Campsites at Dennis Cove Campground and Backbone Rock Campground will be available to reserve through Recreation.gov, a national service utilized by land-management agencies and the public across the country.

Dennis Cove Campground will be on the reservation system this weekend and Backbone Rock Campground will be on the reservation system by Sept. 21.

“I’d recommend these campgrounds to groups to reserve in their entirety for camporees, reunions and other types of group events,” Watauga District Recreation Manager Alice Cohen said.

“Dennis Cove can accommodate 70 individuals in the 14 sites, while Backbone Rock can accommodate 50 campers. Backbone Rock Pavilion, also on the reservation system, is adjacent to the campground, providing a unique opportunity to plan an outdoor event with picnicking and camping.”

All campsites can also be used on a first-come, first-served basis with payment on site, if the site is not reserved. Reservations are posted and maintained by campground hosts and Forest Service employees. Campsites can be reserved a minimum of 4 days and up to 6 months in advance.

National Forest visitors can go online to the Recreation.gov website and select the name of the facility they wish to reserve. An option is to call the reservation service at 1-877-444-6777.

There is a single charge of $9 per online reservation or $10 for phone reservations added to the pavilion or camping fee. Payments are made by credit card or other money card.

Recreation.gov provides information on trip planning, information sharing and reservations for 12 federal participating partners. Recreation.gov also provides interactive maps to get information, plan a trip or to initiate a reservation online.

For more information, visit the Cherokee National Forest website at http://fs.usda.gov/cherokee or call the Watauga Ranger Station at 735-1500.

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