Lilly Pad Obed- Lancing, Tennessee
You could camp anywhere in America but Lilly Pad Obed is special. Central to the Obed Wild & Scenic River, the primitive campground is a favorite for climbers who consider the sandstone boulders and cliffs the ultimate playground. The primitive campsite is a generous $5 a night, complete with a brewery on-site. Lilly Pad Obed is also within the park's International Dark Sky designation that allows a broad scope of stars after the sun has set.
I had previously camped during the solar eclipse but was happy to be back without the crowds that it drew. The laid back campsite is peaceful and home to Big, the large gentle dog who roams the grounds looking for belly rubs and a nice shady spot to hang out in.
During the summer, the woods can feel almost tropical with the Southern fauna that permeates the trees and footpaths. It never feels like we've been able to see enough or fully absorb the magical qualities of the area. At the same time, the promise of future exploring never gets old.