The amazing thing about our online overland network is we can always reach out to our friends to help us find new places to camp. On a recent trip to Chattanooga, we were looking for free overnight off grid camping and reached out to a few in the community for advice. We called upon Scott Estes of Wander Offoad for advice as he had recently been in the area. He sent us coordinates and images of Lost Creek Campground just east of Chattanooga. While at the Riverside Chattanooga Spring Meet when ran into our buddy Alex Hill from Scenic City Overland, and he confirmed how awesome Lost Creek was. Trying to stay east of the oncoming storm, we decided this was the perfect move for the night. Once we were done at the meet we met with Steven Lash of Sawtooth Bound, his daughter Zara, Necota Staples and Sonya Staples of Staples InTents at our favorite burger spot Urban Stack.
Headed east out of Chattanooga our small convoy wandered through the scenic highways along the banks of the the Ocoee River stopping along the way to take in the sights in including the Ocoee River Dam #1 along the Ocoee Scenic Byway. Trying to beat the weather and the dark, we continued down US-64 full steam ahead to the camp site. After about 20 mins we took a right on to Lost Creek Rd. for a 7 mile gravel road journey to the camp site at the bottom of the mountain.
Arriving to an empty campsite with no rain and dwindling light we hurried to find the perfect campsite and get set up. Finally claiming the best spot on the grounds (next to the creek) we got settled in for the evening of potential rain, wind, and storms. With 3 completely different set ups, the site accommodated all of our gear from ground tents to roof top tents to Staples In Tents Gazelle Tents gazebo which proved to be a game changer as the weather moved in. When it comes to amenities, Lost Creek provides bear proof trash cans, fire rings or grills at each site, picnic tables and extremely clean vault toilets.
After an amazing night sleep in our CVT Mt. Rainer roof top tent, we awoke to a beautiful morning along Big Lost Creek. With no damage done from the previous night’s storm, we packed the gear up and headed out for a day of wheeling in East Tennessee. If you’re looking to get away to an amazing, clean, peaceful campground, with just the right amount of amenities and no cell service Lost Creek Campground is for you. We’ll be returning later in the summer to spend more time taking in the sights. Just make sure to get there early as it is free and there are no reservations.
You can find more information about the campground HERE.