Ragland Bottoms Campground is located near Sparta, Tennessee. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping and is best used from April until October.
This review is for the Ole Red Trail or whatever it is called. It goes up a stone-paved incline (I thought it would be slick, but it wasn't too bad) then splits right and left to two different overlooks (?). We cut right. The trail is NOT well kept -- there was nearly impassable deadfall in one place and a lot of other deadfall to climb over. The trail is not long but it is sharply inclined. Once at the top of the ridge, there is a platform constructed at the "overlook" but it has not been maintained and when we went in mid-September it was possible to see that there was a lake and marina there, but not much more. Terribly disappointing. The bathrooms were locked and inaccessible and there were no trash cans where we could dispose of the trash we picked up off the trail to carry out with us. All in all, not recommended when there are leaves on the trees, but if the overview is correct it's not open when there aren't leaves on the trees.
The campground itself looked fairly nice, but we did not stay overnight so I can't really say. If you're looking for a nice hike/overlook, definitely look elsewhere.
Wonderful Campground with swimming and nice darkskys to capture wonderful pictures of either Time-Lapse of the North Star Polaris or Milky Way pictures when it's in the Western sky. This is not a State Park, but a Corp Park...Wonderful folks to great you at the gate and very clean campground with clean bathrooms...one of our favorite places to camp!!!
This is a state camping and boat ramp area, there is a small steep trail above the campground that ascends to a lake overlook the trail is under a mile.