Paris Landing State Park

Location: Paris, Tennessee

Webpage: Tennessee State Park

General Description: Paris Landing State Park is a 841 acre park on the western shore of Kentucky Lake on the Tennessee River.  With great access off of US 79 to Kentucky Lake it is a perfect location for all water activities including boating and fishing.  Paris Landing also has a lodge (which is currently closed to be replaced by a modern facility), campgrounds, and golf course.  Outdoor activities also include hiking enjoying the wildlife and natural beauty of the area.  The campground offers 45 sites with electric and water hookups along with two bathhouses and dump station.  There is also a small laundry available at the camp store.


1) While the campground has electric hookups, 30 amp, at each site, the water hookups are shared between two sites.  This means someone has to have a water splitter or be willing to fill their fresh water tank.  It can also means the water hookup could be more than 50 feet away and require two hoses to reach.  The campground is quite old and in need of repairs.  A couple of sites could hold RVs as long as 45 feet, but most of them are 30 feet or less.  There are also some sites with large trees too close to the pad to be able to use slideouts.  I would be cautious before staying in this park with large rigs.


2) The bathrooms are also dated, however kept clean and functional.  The staff were very nice and helped us change our reservation to a site that would work for our 35 foot RV, as our original site was too long for the site I had reserved.  I would also caution that you enter the park at the main entrance off of US 72, since our GPS took us in another way that bypassed the park offices where you need to go to check in.


3) The hiking trails are well maintained and provide some nice views of Kentucky Lake.  The Raptor Ridge Trail is a 2.5 mile loop that is moderate in difficulty.  You can also cut this in half as the loop actually makes a figure 8.