2021 Watts Bar Come Around Update (20210211)

Posted: 2/11/2021

Jim Connors ’74 sends:  I am sending this to those folks who have shown an interest in Watts Bar TN Come-arounds in the past to let you know that things have changed recently with Hornsby Hollow campground. This is where we have been holding this CA for the last 5+ years. I’ll provide more intel as soon as I can, but I want to provide this as a heads up.

One of the silver linings from Covid is that more people have discovered the camping/RVing lifestyle. We even saw people in many of the dispersed camping sites we stayed at last summer on our trip out west. Sadly, that has come home to roost even here in East TN. Hornsby Hollow has gotten so crowded that Kim told me they are now having a firm create a reservation system for their use. As a result, it will be necessary for each of you to contact their office to reserve your spot, and also to pay for one night up front on a credit card. At the same time, they have elected to raise their nightly rates to $45 credit card or $43 cash. And instead of 7 nights for the price of 5, now it’s 7 for 6. So a week paid in cash will now be $258, vs $270 credit. While I can keep the firstie fee down to a low level, I can not keep the camping fees from rising.

We’re still looking at the week starting Oct 17 with the actual come around starting probably on either the 17th or 18th. But I wanted to provide this heads up. I am disappointed with the loss of the informal registration process we’ve enjoyed, and with the large price increase, but it seems to be the way many of the locations are moving that provide any services. Please let me know if you are still interested in attending although you don’t need to do anything in the way of reservations just yet. Kim is holding 15 spots for us in the area we normally camp at. And let me know if you require 50 amps. Remember, it will be cooler and you won’t need AC, so if you can run your RV on 30 amps that would help us keep closer together.


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