Rhea Springs Recreation Area

Rhea Springs Day Use area is located on Watts Bar Reservoir on the Piney River at mile 3.3L (Tennessee River 532.5R) in Rhea County, Tennessee.  The Day Use area is located off of Rhea Springs Road in Spring City, Tennessee.  It includes approximately 30.06 acres and 1,837.14 feet of shoreline.  The site has one bathhouse, 42 picnic tables, one 6'x35' long fishing pier, a 20 space parking lot and paved circle drive.

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Latitude: 35.6798536 Longitude: -84.8273277 Elevation: 776 ft
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Recreational Opportunities

Swimming, Fishing, Boating, Camping

Seasons Accessible

All-season accessible---weather permitting and lake levels affect boating and fishing.

How to Get There

Located North East of Spring City, TN in Rhea County.  From Chattanooga, take Highway 27 North to Spring City, Turn right Vanns Creek Road, turn left at the stop sign onto Toestring Valley Road, go about 3 miles and turn right on Rhea Springs Road.  Take Rhea Springs Road all the way to the end until you see the lake. 



Pet Friendly Notes

Pets will love this recreation area!  Take them for a walk along the lake and enjoy a picnic lunch, too!


This is a beautiful area and I can't wait to take my grandchildren for a picnic, especially once the playground area is installed!

Reba Murphy, 10/3/2011

This is a great area for everyone to enjoy. I have had so many wonderful memories here and am looking forward to many more. Thanks to all of those who have worked on re-opening Rhea Springs.

Tate Fugate, 10/26/2011

YYYYYAAAAAYYYYY!!!!! I have missed this place ssssooo much. We use to camp there when I was a young child and now in my late 20s with children of my own I am excited to have the opportunity to camp there for many more years to come I hope. Thank You for reopening this beautiful piece of ground.

Shy , 5/30/2012

Great place for primitive camping and fishing. Views of the lake are beautiful.

Viki Davis, 5/1/2013

This is a wonderful place. I am so excited that it is reopened. I look forward to watching my grandchildren enjoy the camping experience at Rhea Springs.

Robin Northcutt, 5/7/2013

Does anyone know when it is going to open again?

Robert weingarten, 4/16/2017

When does the park open up At Ray Springs

John Chamberlin, 5/12/2017

We were down there today but the recreation area was closed. What days is the area open?

Bec, 6/7/2017

The Recreation Area will be opening on Monday, June 12.

Admin, 6/8/2017

Rhea springs is awsome and a great place to swim

Phoenix meisenheimer, 6/16/2017

Enjoyed camping there last week. I was disappointed with the women's shower. There is no privacy.

Barbara Royal , 7/18/2017

Will free camping be available again in the Future?

Linda, 7/20/2017

Is there an area for tent camping? If so, how much is the cost?

J Cormier, 7/21/2017

Do you expect a big crowd for the eclipse in August? You are right smack in the middle of the path in the north edge of the recreation area!

Mitchell, 7/23/2017

I plan to watch the eclipse from this area! I sure hope it is open and not too crowded!

Michele, 8/3/2017

I’m also wondering about the eclipse...

Sara Smith, 8/7/2017

Eclipse time!

Josh, 8/18/2017

Our group of mine watched the eclipse from here. Great area to view something so amazing. This is a great park.

Angela 8/21/17, 8/23/2017

When is Rhea Springs opening? Went by last night and was closed. For more information please call Rhea County at 423-775-7801.

Jennifer, 6/15/2018

Do you still have free .camping ? For how long? Thanks

Elizabeth, 7/3/2018

Is rhea springs campground open

Thomas , 7/15/2018

Is it open? The Rhea Springs Recreation Area is closed until Spring.

Kendall, 10/17/2018

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