Join us at the annual Big Spring Hover In. The event is located
at Rural Retreat Campground between Knoxville and Chattanooga
off of Hwy 58 and is hosted by Dave &
The closest town with name brand lodging and food is Cleveland
Tennessee, about 16 miles from the campground. Contact the local
Chamber of Commerce
in Cleveland for a list of motels available. Camping ($8.00 per
night) and RV spots with electric/water ($20.00 per night) are
available on-site. Call ahead to reserve RV spots. (423) 334-3282
The name brand fast food places plus Cracker Barrel, etc. are
back in Cleveland. There is a place a couple of miles away where
some go for breakfast and there is a restaurant in Decatur 11
Sat Evening meal:
For the past several years, Linda Braden, our host, has orchestrated
a great cookout for Saturday evening including grilled hamburgers
and hot dogs with all the trimmings, salad, baked beans, etc.
and a couple of big pans of her famous killer banana pudding.
Those participating chip in $5 or a generous donation to cover
expenses. On Saturday morning, some of the ladies will gather
the neccesary groceries for the meal once we know how many will
be joing us for the cookout.
Otherwise, bring what food and beverages
you will need for the weekend and perhaps toss in a few extra
for someone who may have forgotten to bring something. For the
coffee drinkers, Linda graciously provides a big pot of brewed
coffee each morning.
Evenings are spent
around a big campfire hangar flying, socializing, and enjoying
the outdoors. Bring marshmallows and coat hangers for the kids.
We will be showing Hovercraft movies against the side of Kent's
For those tent camping:
One year it was 29 degrees in the morning so be prepared.
Other years the kids are swimming in the lake. Be prepared for
either unless you completely trust the weather report. Hot showers
are available and there are electrical hookups. Bring your cords.
It could get nice enough for shorts and a t-shirt during the day.
The evenings are brisk and overnight it can get very cold if you
are in a tent on the ground. Jackets can feel really good while
hovering on cool mornings and to wear in the evenings.
Rural Retreat Campground and RV Park
GPS coordinates: 35N22'57" x 84W54'22"
5584 State Hwy 58 South
Decatur, TN 37322
For those with GPS/Satellite navigation
- just type in the address:
5584 State Hwy 58 South, Decatur, TN. and follow the
For those who prefer to read maps
- read on :)
From Chattanooga area take I-75 north to Cleveland,
TN. Exit off on Hwy 60 (Exit #25). This exit ramp loops around
180 degrees therefore you will turn right on TN 60N. Follow
Hwy 60N northwest about 8 miles to intersection of Hwy 58 at the
traffic light. A convenience store is on the right. Turn right
on Hwy 58N and proceed northeast about 7 miles to the big wide
bridge over the Hiawassee River. Proceed another 3/4 miles and
look for Rural Retreat sign on right just past guardrail and a
little mud flat or pond depending on water level. Go up the long
driveway to the house and turn left in front of the house and
you will see the campground & RV's.
From Knoxville on
I-75, take the Calhoun/County Road 163 exit #36 and turn right.
(Don’t turn left but if you did, this would be 163). You
will be on Lamontville Road which later becomes Big Spring-Calhoun
Road. Proceed about nine miles to stop sign and turn left on TN
58. There is an old store building on the left. This is the little
dot on the map which is what there is of beautiful downtown Big
Spring. Go SW down 58 (towards Chattanooga) about one mile and
be looking for the Rural Retreat sign on the left and follow directions
in last sentence above paragraph.