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Black Bear Resort


Black Bear Resort in Hampton, East Tennessee is the perfect home base for your section hike. Our location makes for some of the most scenic hiking on the Appalachian Trail A/T.  We offer a variety of accommodations and provide affordable shuttle services to many trail destinations and short term or long term parking. You can make us your starting point or better yet shuttle out to a starting point and hike back to us. Call for our shuttle rates and drop off points.
Black Bear Resort is an Appalachian Trail Passport Stamp Location.

Our location is perfect for any size annual Club or group get together.  We have hosted many Family reunions, Church Groups, Youth Groups, Motorcycle Groups, Office get togethers, Painting or Yoga Classes, Wedding parties.  

Lodging Options


We have many different lodging options to choose from. We have  cute Cottages, rustic Cabins, and RV sites/campsites to offer. Check out the lodging page and choose the option that fits your needs. 

We offer discounts on Church Youth Groups, Men's or women's Sunday School classes,  local College classes (ETSU, Milligan College, Appalachian State, Georgia Tech), Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, 4-H Clubs,  Office Groups, hiking groups, kayak clubs,  natural Mushroom or foliage groups.

Our 1600sqft Event Hall and Amphitheater is the  perfect place for an elegant and romantic Mountain Wedding.  We offer budget friendly brides venue options for small or large Bridal showers, Rehearsal dinners or indoor or outdoor weddings. 

Section Hiking on the Appalachian Trail


Black Bear Resort is the a very popular home base for your section hike. We are located a short .4 walking distance from Dennis Cove Trailhead that enters the  Appalachian Trail & Laurel Fork water fall.  If you have time  you can visit Coon Den falls also.  We offer a variety of accommodations and provide shuttle services to many of the local trailheads, Gaps and popular hiking trails or other attractions like Trail Days in Damascus.   
We also pick up and drop off to Tri cities Airport, Asheville Airport or the Johnson City Greyhound Bus terminal.   You can make us your starting point or better yet shuttle out to a starting point and hike back to us. Call for our shuttle rates and drop off points.

Black Bear Resort is an Appalachian Trail Passport Stamp Location.  
We also accept Hiker Mail drops or packages for your specific resupply needs. 

Explore Hampton, Tennessee


Hampton, Tennessee is right by TVA Watauga Reservoir, so you can enjoy a variety of water sports or swimming on Watauga Lake. The area is a wonderful place for outdoor enthusiasts. Feel free to explore the Appalachian Caverns, Blowing Rock, Otter Falls Trail, Roan Mountain State Park and Linville Caverns. 

If you're coming with your family, some family-friendly activities to try are Backyard Terrors and Dinosaur Park, Just Jump Trampoline Park and Castle of Chaos. 

You can also visit the Hollywood Wax Museum if you're willing to drive two hours. The museum gives you an up-close look at celebrity lookalikes made of wax. Unsure of how tall your favorite celebrity is? Visit the museum and find out!

Reviews


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Brandie H.
Travis and Linda are amazing owners at this beautiful resort. They have a humble hearts and do all they can to make everyone that visits the resort like their own home. Thank you for helping us and I'm sincerely sorry for not getting to know y'all more. Thank you for the experience we did seek.
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Todd H.
I stayed here for two nights a couple years ago while hiking the AT. The owners were magnificent! The cabin I rented was awesome and very inexpensive. What a beautiful location too. It was really nice to buy some snacks and drinks and chill out by the creek after a long day of hiking. The trail near the Black Bear is some of the best of the AT too. I even caught some trout nearby. I wish I could go back....
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Mike R.
Had a great time at Black Bear. The folks that run this place are super friendly and treated us like family. I wasn't sure what to expect from rustic camping but it was cleaner than a lot of hotels that I've stayed at. We stayed in the Creekside and the Vagabond and would definitely stay here again.