True West Big South Fork Horse Campgrounds
Gateway to the Big South Fork

True West Campground
3341 Leatherwood Ford Road
Jamestown, TN 38556
Fentress County
(931) 752-8272

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Big South Fork Horse Campgrounds


Outside our office door, you will find the following information:

  • Directions, address and phone numbers to the nearest hospitals.
  • Phone numbers to the local police, local Sheriff's office (if 911 is not appropriate)
  • Phone numbers for the local fire department and ambulance
  • Our procedure for alerting you to a potential or sited tornado.
  • Directions to the nearest tornado shelter.
  • Phone numbers for the Ranger's station in the park.
  • Phone numbers for the nearest veterinarians.

    Your safety, and the safety of your animals, is important to us.
    Please let us know if there is any further information you may need about the area to assist you.


    Our rules are few and we appreciate your cooperation in helping to make a better campground that is enjoyable to everyone. No one likes rules, but they are made for a reason. It is to keep everyone and every thing safe. Please respect our requests.

  • Common sense and courtesy PLEASE - this is our back yard you are sharing with me, my family and my animals.

  • We are pet friendly, in order to stay that way, the rules below must be adhered to:

  • If you brought your dog(s) you MUST pick up after them. Nobody likes to stay in a site where dogs doo the things they doo and they find it unexpectedly. Please be courteous to all and clean up after them. You may walk them on the front lawn and if they doo there is a bucket and scooper available for your use. Doo use it. .

  • No pets in the common areas during events (includes pot lucks and other meals)

  • Pets MUST be on a leash if they are outside their camping area.

    You may have them off leash on your camping site ONLY as long as they are completely under your control at all times AND are not seen "visiting" other campsites, or roaming the campground. We will ask you to tie them if they are seen off their own site.

    This is for the courtesy and SAFETY of ALL.
    Our beloved cat Kimba was killed by a camper's dog that was left off leash and roaming the campground.
    Therefore dog rules will be STRICTLY enforced.

  • Please be courteous and leave the site as you found it. We work hard to provide you with a clean campground and clean sites - the easier you make it for us, the less time we spend cleaning up and the more time we can spend making improvements.

  • There are only two places we like to see butts; in the saddle or in an ashtray. We never like to see either on the ground. If you have not brought an ashtray, either ask for one, or use an empty can. The campsites were butt free when you arrived, let's try to keep them that way.

  • Please do not burn trash in the fire pits!! They are for campfire wood, charcoal and paper only. Items such as tin cans, plastic, bottles, styrofoam and food do NOT blend well with the environment. We use the ash in the firepits to fertilize the grounds and burning trash prevents us from doing this. Please help us be "Green" and adhere to this simple rule. We pick up your trash for you so please dispose of it properly.

  • Please do not move the stones for the firepits. This is SANDstone and it cracks easily. Moving it will break it. They are not wheel chucks, or logs for splitting wood. They are meant to contain the fire only.

  • Please do not leave your trash out at night - see our free services below.

  • Horses are not allowed in the camping areas for SAFETY reasons. Please adhere to this very important rule.

  • For the purpose of safety and space, only ONE truck/car and ONE trailer can be parked on each site. If you have extra vehicles or trailers, please see the front office for additional parking requests.

    We surely do appreciate your cooperation in following our few but simple rules. It makes things so much easier and more pleasant for everyone. Thank you!!


  • Priority Check-in - If you would like to come early, you can take advantage of our Priority Check-in service for an additional fee of $2/hr for campsites and $4/hr for lodging facilities for each hour prior to the official check-in time. If this option appeals to you, YOU MUST LET US KNOW AT LEAST ONE DAY IN ADVANCE so we can confirm that your site is available for this option.

  • Stay and Play Package - Should your stay go by too quickly, we have two options for you to extend your time here! PLEASE CHECK WITH THE OFFICE FIRST before taking advantage of these options.

    First Option: Guests are welcome to extend their stay past the 11:00 am check out time for $2/hour for campsites and $4 for lodging facilities. This will allow you to "Stay" on your site for an extended time while you "play" out on the trails one last time before heading home. This option is subject to site/lodging availability and must be arranged prior to the 11:00 am check out time. This option is for SITE only and does not include stalls. Stalls must be vacated to allow for clean-up. When you return, you can untack at the hitching rails and use the wash stations and other amenities prior to loading up to head home.

    Second Option: Guests are welcome to extend their stay past the 11:00am check out time for FREE if they vacate their site and stalls and park the trailer up by the office. With this option you are riding as a day rider. This option must be arranged prior to the 11:00 am check out time. This option does not include stalls. Stalls must be vacated to allow for clean-up. When you return, you can untack at the hitching rails and use the wash stations and other amenities prior to loading up to head home.


  • Buy now, Pay Later - As a convenience to you, while you are our guest we will start a customer tab for the items you need or want during your stay. Ice, wood, gift items, etc. All we need is a credit card on file (in case you forget to pay before you leave) and then, as you need things, or as you select gift items from the store, we will put it on your tab. All we ask is that you settle up with us the evening before your departure.

  • Trash Pickup - We do not have trash barrels in the campground because it keeps the critters away. If you have trash, put it in the back of your trailer at night, but then in the morning, leave it out by the FRONT of your site BEFORE NOON. We will pick it up for you and bring it to the dumpster. Please do not throw food and trash in the campfire pits. We recycle/compost the ash to fertilize the grounds and food in the fire pits will also attract the unwanted critters.

  • Delivery Service - Need firewood? Swing by the office and let us know your site
    number. We will deliver it.

  • Horse Care - Not riding today? Going for a hike or a day trip to Nashville? Let us know and we'll check on your horses for you while you are out. Water, hay, feed - let us know what they need and we'll take care of them for the day.

  • Trailer Cleaning - When you arrive we do our best to help you unload your tack and supplies to your stalls and will clean out the back of your trailer when possible. This provides a cleaner environment down by the sites and a clean trailer for the ride home. Not to mention the fact that the sooner you're unloaded, the sooner you can start your vacation! And that's what counts!

  • Night time Check up - Your horses are just as important to us as you are. We know you are tired from a full day out on the trails. So after your last round of taking care of the horses, we'll go out to the barn and check on them too. We'll make sure they are comfortable and no one is in distress, all locks are on correctly, and if your horse has gotten out - we'll get him back in! You can sleep soundly knowing your horse is comfortably tucked into his stall for the night.


    All visitors will be required to sign a Waiver and Release Agreement upon check-in at True West. If you would like to read the Waiver before you get here, CLICK HERE for a copy.

    True West is on Central Standard Time. Check-in time is 2:00 p.m.; check-out time is 11:00 a.m.

    If you arrive before 2pm, or stay after 11:00am, extra fees may apply.

    Cell phone service is spotty at best in Big South Fork. You may want to bring a calling card to use while you are here.

    Hay is usually available for purchase, but please check first.

    We bed with sawdust, but bags of compressed shavings are available for purchase.

    Ice and firewood are sold in the Mercantile.

    The closest gas station is 7 miles away at Beatty Market, so don't come in on empty!

    Big South Fork is located in a dry county. You can purchase beer locally, as well as some nice wine from a local winery. However, if you're looking for something stronger, the nearest liquor store is about one hour away in Crossville -- so BYOB!

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