(Mirror) Tennessee has several outstanding gay camping options strung along the length of a long east to west state. Timberfell Lodge in far eastern TN and Whispering Oaks near Nashville are now joined by the new Sugar Creek Campground. Like most gay campgrounds Sugar Creek requires a membership and is men only. April through October are the operating months with the campground open everyday.

Sugar Creek Campground isn't 'only' notable because it is situated in Only, Tennessee, less than an hour west of Nashville. Conveniently, it's just off  Interstate 40 and centrally located between Nashville and Memphis. 


The owners have owned Mirandas, an adult toy store, nearby in Only for decades. They are familiar with serving gay customers and have longstanding deep connections with the local gay clientele and business community from Nashville to Memphis. Thus far the local response has been positive both from governmental regulators and nearby neighbors who are mostly gay or related to gay men.

After visiting other gay campgrounds in the market area Sugar Creek's owners wanted to create an updated facility. The shower house is new, featuring individual shower stalls and a gang shower room, and is kept in clean condition and excellently maintained. All infrastructure, electrical, plumbing, and septic are new, quite a change from many campgrounds.

The beautiful property is cut through with its crystal clear namesake Sugar Creek pocked with shaded and sunny wading and swimming holes. The peaceful natural setting includes a cave that feeds the creek five thousand gallons a minute over waterfalls and through sunlit glades. The property is very private and though not advertised as clothing optional, owners and campers are friendly and accepting to everyone, including those who choose to fully integrate with the pristine backdrop.

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Abundant field space is perfect for rounds of kickball, baseball or rugby and is certainly unique in a culture usually dominated by volleyball as a physical sport. Horseshoes, volleyball and corn hole set-ups are also available. The all important swimming pool, the center of gay camping daytime activity and socializing, is open. A community campfire burns most evenings.

Accommodations include a five unit building suitable for three guests each. There are thirty-seven campsites with full hookups for RV's, and twenty tent sites with electricity. Cabins are coming, planned for completion by Spring 2019. After their first summer some amenities are still in the works. Plans include a hot and a dry sauna for the second season.

Entertainment is a mainstay amenity of gay campgrounds and Sugar Creek has a stage with seating for a hundred campers. Friday night game nights are hosted by a drag queen. Saturday nights are full on drag shows with Chyna and Marlene presented in a less formal or serious style. Drag at Sugar Creek is fun and well, campy. 

Willie Lickets is the bar and grill, open Friday, Saturday and part of Sunday. The club serves bar food and beer. Because there is no liquor license campers are welcome to bring their own bottle. BYOB is a big boon for campers as most arrived prepared and at Sugar Creek they run into no resistance.

Differing from most gay campgrounds, Sugar Creek opens its night club to non members for an entrance fee on some nights. Visitors can watch the shows and have access to the night club though their welcome expires when Willie shutters for the night. 

When you're ready for a top notch gay camping experience including new amenities, full services and great entertainment Sugar Creek is a sweet option.

Sugar Creek Campground

4977 Highway 230 West

Only, TN



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