Make a Reservation

Defeated Creek Campground will be open for the 2022 recreation season March 23 through November 13, 2022.
The checkout time for this location has been changed to 2 PM, with check in remaining at 3 PM.

Call toll-free 1-877-444-6777 between 10 a.m. to midnight Eastern Standard Time between March 1 and Oct. 31 and 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. EST between Nov. 1 and end of February for information and to make a reservation. Call centers are closed on Visit for all your campsite reservation need at Cordell Hull Lake.Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day. Group sales for ticketing is closed on Sundays. You can also get information and make reservations online here at


Defeated Creek Campground

Defeated Creek Park Campground sits along the banks of Cordell Hull Lake on the Cumberland River System, just seven miles from Carthage, Tennessee.

The campground offers 155 sites for tents and RVs, all with electric hookups. Two large group day-use shelters are also available, both with water and electric hookups.

A boat ramp, playground, beach, and tennis and volleyball courts are all provided, making the area perfect for families or larger parties. A marina is located adjacent to the campground. Cordell Hull Lake offers numerous campsites at Defeated Creek Campground.

Activities and Amenities Within Facility
•Accessible Flush Toilets
•Boat Ramp
•Drinking Water
•Dump Station
•Laundry Facilities
•Picnic Area
•Picnic Shelters
•Tennis Courts
•Volleyball Courts 

Know Before You Go 

  • Only licensed vehicles are permitted.  

  • Each campsite is provided for two pre-paid vehicle entry.  Additional vehicles, or visitors to campers are charged $3 fee per vehicle

  • Firewood Alert: When picnicking at this recreation area, purchase your firewood from a vendor who sells certified heat-treated firewood. Don't bring firewood from home. To help prevent the spread of the Emerald ash borer and other forest pests, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is prohibiting firewood that is non certified heat-treated firewood. Visit or for further information.When picnicking or camping a Cordell Hull Lake certified, heat treated firewood is required.  The US Army Corps of Engineers, Nashville District, are prohibiting firewood that is non certified.

  • Pets are prohibited in day use area due to health department restrictions with recreation areas with beaches.

  • $3.00 fee per vehicle after the first two initial hangtags are distributed with the campsite reservation

  • Check out time is 2 PM.  Check in time is 3 PM.

Getting There:
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
36.29972, -85.90889
36°17'59"N, 85°54'32"W

The lake was named after Cordell Hull, a politician that was born in the foothills of the Cumberland Mountains. Hull is best known for being the longest running secretary of state in American history, serving for 11 years.

Natural Features:
Cordell Hull Lake is situated among rolling hills covered in a mix of shady maple, hickory, oak, beech and chestnut trees. Summer temperatures range from the 60s to the 90s.

Wildlife is abundant around the lake. Whitetail deer, wild turkeys, quail, squirrels, rabbits and a wide variety of waterfowl are commonly seen throughout the area.

The 12,000-acre lake stretches 72 miles upstream and boasts 381 miles of shoreline, offering countless recreational activities for visitors.

Anglers enjoy fishing for white bass, rockfish, largemouth bass, catfish, shad and crappie.

Boating, sailing, water skiing and jet skiing are popular activities on the water, and boat ramps and a marina provide easy lake access.

Miles of hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking trails surround the lake. The 6-mile Bearwaller Gap Trail has a trailhead within the campground. Other trails in the area include the Turkey Creek Nature Trail and Bear Wheels Trail. 

Nearby Attractions:
The historic town of Granville, Tennessee, is 25 miles from the campground. Visitors enjoy celebrating the town's Heritage Day annually in May. Events include the Uncle Jimmy Thompson Bluegrass Festival, antique car and tractor shows and Civil War living history presentations.

From Carthage, Tennessee, take SR-25 west for 4 miles. Turn north on SR-80, then east on SR-85. Follow signs to campground.