Brandon Spring Group Center serves the area as a year-round overnight facility for groups. Nestled on a wooded knoll, it overlooks scenic Bards Lake and Lake Barkley in the Tennessee portion of Land Between the Lakes. The center provides the perfect atmosphere for all your group gatherings.
When your group stays at Brandon Spring Group Center, a reality check is you can become one with nature. At Brandon, you will still living with heat and air conditioning, electricity, running water, and shelter from the weather. Groups stay overnight from one to seven nights. When your group spends the night at Brandon Spring, you can relax to the sounds, sights, and smells of nature as you wind down your day.
Each season provides different natural sightings to explore, learn, and have fun. You can check out our natural phenomena by visiting the Wildife Viewing page!
Our staff can help you develop “Explore and Learn” activities for your group — or bring your own. You can also schedule fun activities like canoeing, hiking, archery, crafts, campfires, fishing, and more.
Our subject matter experts can help lead your groups in learning and play. You decide how much staff involvement works best for your group. We customize programs to meet your needs. Call us to find out more information at 931-232-7405 or 270-924-2044. If we can meet your needs, we’ll let you know up front.
What Fun Activities Are There?
Learning experiences can include wildlife, orienteering, outdoor survival, natural sciences, journal writing, photography, problem solving, and outdoor recreation. We can also show your group how to identify trees, plants, habitats, and wildlife tracks. Schools can choose programs that meet your state’s core content for assessment. Popular topics include:
Can I Explore?
Yes! In addition, Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area provides a 170,000-acre outdoor playground with multiple opportunities to explore nooks and crannies of the landscape. We offer over 260 miles of hiking trails and 200 watering holes. We think you’ll find this national recreation area the perfect place to learn through fun activities and connecting with nature.
Is There Anything to Do Around There?
You will find Brandon Spring Group Center conveniently located within minutes from many other “Explore and Learn” facilities like:
- Woodlands Nature Station
- Homeplace 1850s Working Farm
- Golden Pond Planetarium & Observatory
- Elk & Bison Prairie
- Fort Donelson National Battlefield
- Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge
- Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge
- Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge
The area is rich in Civil War historic sites – so much so we have devoted a page to the links in the area! You can access the page by clicking the Civil War page. Our trails system in the south of Land Between the Lakes crosses through historical places that soldiers walked between Fort Henry and Fort Donelson. This hiking and biking trail system lies close to Brandon Spring Group Center.
Where Do I Sleep?
Brandon Spring has bed space for 128 people to sleep. Each of the eight identical dorms house 6 sets of bunk beds in the sleeping area and two bunk beds in private counselors’ quarters for a total of 16 beds. Larger groups may use the extra floor space for a total of 20 people per dorm.
An indoor common area and outdoor patio provide additional room for group gatherings. We provide mattresses, pillows, and blankets. Each person is responsible for bringing his/her own additional bedding – pillow case, sheets, blankets, sleeping bag, etc. Campers can also take part in our linen program for a nominal fee.
Each dorm offers a large bathroom with two showers, two toilets, two sinks, a water fountain, and a small gathering area. The counselors’ room has a shower, toilet, sink, and a table with chairs. All dormitories have central heating and cooling systems, smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, and clearly marked exists.
Four dorm rooms are easily accessible on the ground floor. Some have bathroom facilities that better accommodate wheelchair bound campers.
Everyone is responsible to bring their own towels, wash cloths, and toiletries like tooth-brush and paste, shampoo, lotion, soap, etc.
All dorms are kept very clean by our crew with bathrooms cleaned regularly during your stay.
What About Food?
The Commons Building can accommodate 128 persons at one sitting. A full-time kitchen staff prepares three meals per day and an evening snack. Our cooks are famous for their homemade meals – especially for their cinnamon rolls and fried chicken.
If you take excursions or visit other sites, we can prepare sack lunches ahead of time for you to take with you. Just tell us when you need to leave and they will be ready to go. Campfires can also provide the perfect dinner time experience — and desert. Just let us know ahead of time to seamlessly include for your group experience with nature.
Camp Fires, Games, Swimming, Hiking and More!
In addition to the great outdoors, features include three campfire areas; amphitheater; hard-surface lighted play court, volleyball nets, permanent basketball goals; mowed fields for recreational activities; swimming area with beach; swimming pool; canoes; fishing pier; team building course; and 15 miles of hiking trails.
The Commons Building has central heat/air and features two meeting areas — one with a fireplace for winter gatherings — a patio with tables and chairs, plus a laundry room to keep your clothes smelling fresh and clean.
A Multipurpose Activity Building offers space for meetings and indoor activities. It features a small kitchen, a water fountain, bathrooms, central heat/air, and a large room-with a dividing curtain. You can use our tables, chairs, flip charts, and audio-visual equipment for your group gatherings.
$250 per dorm, per night
$200 per dorm, per night
Three meals a day:
$18 per day, per person – all ages
Extra meal rates:
$5 breakfast, $6 lunch,
and $7 dinner
The linen rate is $3 per person for the entire stay and includes two sheets and a pillowcase.
(Mattresses, pillows, and blankets included in dorm fee.)
There are any number of possibilities for your group at Brandon Spring Group Center. Click here for a sample itinerary based on 60 people (including 10 chaperons).
School Field Trip Grant Program:
Friends of Land Between the Lakes, along with its partners, offers grants to public schools within a 100-mile radius of Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. Funding provides support for educational trips to this national recreation forest and our environmental education attractions. The School Field Trip Grant Program provides funding assistance for costs of transportation, on site program fees at Nature Station, Homeplace, and Planetarium, plus residential expenses at the Brandon Spring Group Center.
Find more information at http://friendsoflbl.org/programs/field-trip-grant-info.php