Situated in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, and nestled against a stunning backdrop of shady pines and a rolling creek, stands the 19th-century plantation home of country music legend Loretta Lynn. Once a private residence, the 3,500-acre complex is now home to tent, cabin, and RV campers throughout the year as well as events including motocross, chuckwagon races, Jeep and horse trail rides, and, of course, country, rock, and gospel concerts.
Ernie and Crystal Lynn, son and daughter-in-law to the queen of country herself, work the ranch year-round. We sat down with Crystal to talk favorite RVs, life on the road, and having an RV campground for a backyard.
When did you buy your first RV, and what type do you have now?
Crystal Lynn Ernie grew up on the road traveling in Prevosts with his mom on tour. As for me, I started with a fifth wheel Forest River Sandpiper so that I could travel with my dogs for work back in 2008. We bought our first Class A diesel pusher together in 2017: an Entegra Cornerstone 45J. Last fall, we bought the Newmar King Aire 4553, which has been our favorite coach we’ve ever owned—even compared to every Prevost Ernie and Loretta have ever had.
What is your favorite thing to do while traveling in an RV?
CL Sit still. Take in the surroundings.
You live on a ranch that has an RV camp in your backyard. What is it like living with that kind of experience year-round?
CL It is amazing. With everywhere we have been, there is still no place I would rather be than on the ranch. It doesn’t get better than this place. To see people plan entire vacations and summers around coming to see us and to see what Loretta has built and to see our home? That’s special. Loretta opened the ranch to share with her fans to say, “You gave this to me, now I want to share it with you.” I wouldn’t trade being a part of that experience for anything.
What are your favorite events at the ranch?
CL Chuckwagon [horse-racing], because I’m so animal-oriented. The Independence Day concert, and anything having to do with our freedoms. Tennessee Motorcycles and Music Revival is quickly becoming a favorite because they’re just like RV folks. They find happiness and community traveling on the road, and they are all so nice and fun to be around.
Up Next For The Lynns
The Lynns plan to explore as many state parks as they can next and especially look forward to traveling with their two grandsons, Tru and Scout—continuing a long family tradition of making memories and sharing life on the road.