Shook Branch Beach

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Shook Branch Recreation Area is located on the southern shore of Watauga Lake in Carter County. This 20-acre site includes a large, grassy area for picnicking, picnic tables with grills, and a designated swimming area in the lake. Some shade is provided by large trees that border grassy areas. The Appalachian Trail (#1) passes through Shook Branch Recreation Area.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open for the 2019 season.
Operational Hours: Shook Branch Swim Area is open from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm.
Fees Fee is $2 per vehicle, per day, or a Cherokee National Forest Pass for $30 per year. Contact the Watauga Ranger District for more information at 423-735-1500.
Open Season: 5/13/2019 - 9/16/2019
Restrictions: Shook Branch is for Day-use only, 6:00 am to 10:00 pm. No overnight camping. Alcohol is prohibited. No burning plastic or other non-wood products except charcoal  in the grills.
Closest Towns: Elizabethton and Hampton, Tennessee
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Flush Toiets

General Information

Directions: From Elizabethton, take US 19E/321 south for five miles to Hampton. Turn left onto US 321/TN 67 for three miles, then turn left into Shook Branch.

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