Campground hosts are recruited
Feb 10, 2013 | 1254 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
U.S. Forest Service officials with the Cherokee National Forest are recruiting volunteer hosts for developed campgrounds in northeast Tennessee at Jacob’s Creek and Little Oak campgrounds on South Holston Lake; Backbone Rock near Damascus, Va.; and Cardens Bluff on Watauga Lake. Campgrounds open between mid-March and mid-April and close mid-October, depending on the site.

Campground hosts often develop a real love of the area and are able to learn the ins and outs of their campground from staying in one place for a while. For those new to the region, being a host is a great way to experience northeast Tennessee while working side-by-side with Forest Service employees. The agency provides training, support and a campsite with full hook-up for their camper in exchange for volunteering at the site. Hosts learn about and experience the national forests and the local area in a way only possible through this important role.

General duties include firsthand visitor contact in a developed campground setting. Hosts serve as a U.S. Forest Service presence, overseeing and monitoring camper/campground conditions. They clean and service restrooms and assist with campground clean-up. Hosts also provide information regarding recreation opportunities throughout the area’s national forests. They also find plenty of time to fish, bird watch, read books and enjoy the beauty of the surrounding lakes, streams and forests.

Potential hosts may contact Recreation Program Manager Alice Cohen at the Watauga Ranger Station by dialing 423-735-1500 or by email at

For more information about the Cherokee National Forest, please visit