TCPC was incorporated in 1973 as a non-profit corporation for the exclusive benefit of Airstream owners.
A Little TCPC History: The Tennessee Unit of the WBCCI began its search for a campsite in 1967. In 1972 Ben Houser, Al Terrell and Boyd Reynolds found 376 acres high on the Cumberland Plateau. These former logging parcels belonged to the Southwest Investment Company. The land was purchased for $58,000.
A well-attended membership meeting was held at the temporary campground site on August 26, 1972, whereby Ben Houser named various work committees and outlined their respective duties and responsibilities in order of priority.
With enthusiasm running high, Ben Houser organized a series of work sessions beginning November 3, 1972, and continuing well into snowy December, 1973. Laughter, handshaking and hugs welcomed the arrival of the first trailers.
While the men surveyed, cut brush, and ran percolation tests, the wives were back at the camp cutting and burning brush, raking leaves and preparing pot luck suppers and homemade pies. Some of the best memories of the early years occurred at these pot luck suppers.
To learn more, pick up a copy of "How It All Came About: The Tennessee Cumberland Plateau Campground" by Howard & Agness Russell - available at the clubhouse.
Our 5,000 sq. ft. clubhouse provides an excellent opportunity for making new friends. Checkout the clubhouse bulletin boards for sale items, trails, and local events. The clubhouse has a computer room and is now equipped with wi-fi. TCPC has an excellent lending library including videos and DVD's. Also, the clubhouse parking lot has designated spaces for golf carts and bicycles.
The member-built clubhouse features a large Crab Orchard Stone fireplace, a fully equipped raised stage, a regular size pool table, computer service, free telephone for local calls, a copy machine, a 2nd floor Board Room with air conditioning, and a fully-equipped commercial kitchen operated by the Ladies Auxilliary.
Members have access to sparkling clean restrooms with ceramic tile shower stalls, a commercial grade coin operated laundry, a free ice cube dispenser, and plenty of dry firewood.
A "meditation garden" designed with native plants and Crab Orchard sandstone is adjacent to the clubhouse. It provides a quiet place to meditate and remember our past members and the soldiers who gave their lives and limbs for our freedoms.
Our extensive network of member-built trails winds throughout our 376 acres. Most trails have been built to be accessable to golf carts to make exploring easier.
Our trail network is maintained by our Trails Committee that keeps the trails cleared, removes debris and maintains the trail signage and maps.
Maps of all our trails are available in the Clubhouse.