Watauga Lake Information
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Watauga Lake is secluded in the Cherokee National Forest near Butler, TN half way between Boone, North Carolina and Mountain City, Tennessee. Please plan in advance on what surrounding areas you plan to visit so you can accurately map the routes you will need to take. The Blue Ridge Parkway can easily be accessed between Boone and Blowing Rock, NC where it crosses Hwy 321/ 421. The Linn Cove Viaduct was designed to protect Grandfather Mountain from environmental damage from Parkway construction and vehicles, a great day trip. Backbone Rock trail and falls is a nice day trip the opposite direction thru Shady Valley. This is a mountainous area with 80% of the lake shoreline inside Cherokee National Forest. We have provided you with links that can be very helpful to you in planning your trip to the area including dining. For NASCAR fans, Bristol Motor Speedway is only 40 miles away. Close enough for the race, but far enough to enjoy the majestic mountain views of sparsely populated National Forest and Watauga Lake.
Watauga Lake is one of the most beautiful in the entire TVA system in Upper Northeast Tennessee. The word "Watauga" is a Native American term meaning beautiful waters. The lake is located in Carter and Johnson counties in upper East Tennessee. Thirteen species of game fish including rainbow and brown trout, walleye, and smallmouth and largemouth bass inhabit the waters of the lake which is 19 miles long with 106 miles of shoreline. Roan Creek, Elk River and Watauga River feed the lake. The lake borders the Cherokee National Forest at the southwestern end of Johnson County. At 1960 feet above sea level Watauga Lake is the highest lake in the Tennessee Valley Authority system. It offers access to the Appalachian Trail which crosses the Watauga Dam as well as many other hiking trails.
Below Watauga Dam is Wilbur wildlife observation area where visitors have a chance to view unique species of waterfowl. Other popular activities on the lake include swimming, jet skiing, boating, sailing, water skiing and camping. A portion of the Appalachian Trail runs through the area, as well as several spectacular waterfalls, making this a beautiful place for hiking. There are many area flea markets, farmers markets, antique stores and small town festivals throughout the summer months for visitors to enjoy. Other points of interest include the Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol Caverns, Linville Caverns, Sycamore Shoals State Historical Area, Roan Mountain State Park, Rhododendron Gardens, and the Hands-On Museum in Johnson City.
Neighboring towns are
Valle Crucis, Butler,
Blowing Rock, and
Blue Ridge Parkway and these other links are a source
of useful information on the larger area.
Other links to visit for information about the surrounding area are:
Bristol Motor Speedway - Bristol Motor Speedway is the 4th largest sports venue in America, and the 8th largest in the world, housing up to 165,000 people. The track is so short that speeds here are far lower than is typical on most NASCAR oval tracks, but very fast compared to other short tracks due to the high banking, making for a considerable amount of "swapping paint".
Grandfather Mountain - Grandfather Mountain is a mountain, a non-profit attraction, and a North Carolina state park near Linville, North Carolina. At 5,946 feet (1,812 m), it is the highest peak on the eastern escarpment of the Blue Ridge Mountains, one of the major chains of the Appalachian Mountains. The Blue Ridge Parkway passes by the south side of the mountain and also passes over the nearby Grandmother Gap.
Laurel Falls - One of the more popular local hiking trails runs through an Appalachian gorge carved out by the swift waters of Laurel Fork. Laurel Fork empties into the Doe River in Hampton. The Doe River has carved out multiple gorges on its journey from Roan Mountain to the Watauga River in Elizabethton.
Linville Caverns - Located at the southern gateway to western NC's High Country region, Linville Caverns is an ideal destination for visitors of all ages. The beauty of our mountains is echoed within Humpback Mountain and visitors are invited to explore the splendor and wonders nature created "inside a mountain".
Property For Sale By Owner - Why should you be interested in the Watauga Lake area for a second home? One reason is because it is the most scenic area of the country where mountains meet the water. The environment is incredibly preserved with 80% of the lake within the Cherokee National Forest and many natural preserves and wildlife areas to protect the wilderness for years to come.
Southern Highlands - Some of the world's most spectacular natural beauty can be found in the southeastern United States. The mountains of eastern Tennessee, northern Georgia, western North Carolina, and Virginia are particularly rich with an abundance of National Parks and Forests, state-maintained facilities, charming villages, and local crafts.
Shopping at Tanger Outlet in Blowing Rock, NC - Committed to bringing you the ultimate shopping experience. For us, that means guiding you towards the best deals at your favorite designer and brand-name stores. And, thanks to our partnerships with leading fashion industry experts, we can bring you up-to-date fashion reporting on the latest trends.
Tennessee Museum - This museum depicts early life in the mountains featuring Indian artifacts, Civil War artifacts and artifacts from home life. Old town of Butler up to 1948 when gates of Watauga Dam were closed.
Tweetsie Railroad - Families love riding on our famous steam engines, Number 12 and Number 190. Enjoy our Wild West train adventure (beware of bandits). Number 12 is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Also, take a whirl on the rides at the Country Fair, and then zoom up the chair lift to Miner's Mountain for even more.
Tourism information for Elizabethton, TN - Elizabethton, founded in 1799 and incorporated in 1905, is the county seat of Carter County, Tennessee. It is also the site of the first independent American settlement west of both the Eastern Continental Divide and the original thirteen British colonies in America. Checkout its local tourism.
Watauga Point Recreation Area - National Forest recreation area along a four-mile stretch of Watauga Lake. Group picnic area may be reserved for a fee. Day-use and camping fee. Hampton, TN.
Watauga Lake Winery - We have a wedding, anniversary, event center available. Our wedding pavilion is located at our vineyard with a gorgeous 360 degree view of the mountains. We have special events every month April - December and they are posted on our facebook and web page. We also offer cooking classes once a month.
Tri-Cities Airport is the closest commercial airport about 45 minutes away in Johnson City, TN. Other major airports include Greensboro about an hour and a half away and Charlotte about 2 hours away. The closest smaller airport is Mountain City.
of the northeastern Tennessee mountains is temperate with moderately
cold winters and warm, humid summers. Precipitation is fairly well
distributed throughout the year; as there is no distinct wet or dry
seasons. October has the least rainfall, July the most.
Snowfall is quite variable from year to year, and some winters have
relatively little. Thunderstorms occur anytime of the year,
but are most frequent in spring and summer. Summer
temperatures are rarely extreme, but the high humidity often makes
it seem hotter than it actually is. Snow is minimal in
Tennessee except in the higher mountain regions. Severe storms
are infrequent in the state, being east of the center of tornado
activity, south of most blizzard conditions, and too far inland to
be affected by hurricanes.
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