The Tennessee Outdoor Recreation Association (TORA)

is a private, non-profit organization chartered by the State of Tennessee on September 12, 1979. Its mission is to represent the best interests of private RV parks, campgrounds and hospitality businesses across the state and to provide the public with the highest quality hospitality experience. TORA  provides its members with the following programs and services:

Mail or email to:
PO Box 228
Ettrick, Wisconsin 54627


One of our goals with the association is connect like-minded businesses in the outdoor recreation industry to help grow the industry and individual businesses. While networking can be done online, we also plan in-person events for industry topics, education, and other association events.

Camping Guide:

Each year, TORA publishes the Tennessee RV Camping Guide.  It is distributed to the public via the state’s welcome centers, rest areas, RV shows, local chambers of commerce, TN Department of Tourist Development, and other strategic locations. In terms of new business from the camping public, TORA member campgrounds benefit greatly from this exposure.  Members are entitled to a free basic listing in the Guide and the annual Tennessee Vacation Guide published by the state department of tourism.

Industry Knowledge:

Our board is formed of individuals with varying hospitality and recreation backgrounds ready to help our association and your business. Whether that be with finances, legal, business requirements, marketing, etc. our board and association has a great understanding of the outdoor community.

Social Media:

Our association can be found on Facebook and Instagram. We pride ourselves in staying up to date with the latest trends and technology. Both accounts will keep the public involved about TORA and the outdoor recreation experience as a whole.

We also have a Members-Only Facebook page that is strictly for members of the association. In this private page, membership are able to discuss business questions of problems they are running into, reccomendations for software or vendors, and share important business successes!


Education and innovation is critical to the success of our members in their businesses. We focus on creating opportunities for our members to participate in activities that assist them in growing and expanding their individual businesses.

We send out important information and updates for our members through our email contact. Education information includes new legal codes for campgrounds, awareness of state/local meetings, changes in social media and more.

Internet Site:

TORA provides its members with a free basic listing on the Internet at  This is a public-facing with listing that will highlight your company with images, company details and linked to your site. The TORA website is also linked to the TN Department of Tourist Development website.

Purchasing Power:

With our association we have the power to order to in bulk and in return save you money! Whether that be with advertising materials, discounts through websites or a company-specific product, we have the the power of saving your company money!

Digital Directory:

With your membership, your business will also be inlcuded in a digital directory available year-round on our membership. This will be published yearly with your companies information for recreation consumers.

Assistance and Advice:

The TORA leadership and staff, along with nearly 60 of the finest hospitality leaders in Tennessee, are available to share any information about campground management and operations.  For further information about TORA programs and services, contact the TORA office at

TORA Antitrust Statement:

It is the policy of the Tennessee Outdoor Recreation Association, and it is the responsibility of every Association member and leader, to strictly comply in all respects with federal and State antitrust laws. No activity or discussion at any the Association meeting or other function may be engaged in for the purpose of bringing about any understanding or agreement among members to (a) raise, lower, or stabilize prices; (b) regulate production; (c) allocate markets; (d) encourage boycotts; (e) foster unfair trade practices; (f) assist monopolization, and (g) the Association members and leaders will neither knowingly permit nor condone anti-competitive behavior, whether willful or inadvertent, in connection with any Association activity.

TORA Board Members:




Barbara Johnson
Big Meadow Family Campground
8215 Cedar Creek Road
Townsend, TN 37882
(865) 448-0625


Doug Phillips
Caney Creek RV Resort & Marina
3715 Roane State Hwy.
Harriman, TN 37748
Phone: (865) 882-4042


James Puckett
Texas T Campground
2499 Lynnville Highway
Cornersville, TN 37047
Phone: 931-293-2500



Ryan Campbell

(865) 973-2739


Tony Nichols

(443) 856-4300


Lori Severson

(608) 792-5915