Rat Branch Boat Launch

Area Status: Open

Located just East of Hampton, TN, Rat Branch Boat Launch is a popular location for boaters of all sorts. There is a fishing pier on site.      

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open year round. 
Area Amenities: Boat ramp, Fee charged for some activities, Parking
Fees: The day-use fee is $2 per vehicle per day or a Cherokee National Forest Pass for $30 for the year. Contact the Watauga Ranger District for more information at 423-735-1500.  The day-use permit can also be purchased online.  See info below in Passes.  
Restrictions: Alcohol is prohibited.
Closest Towns: Elizabethton, TN and Hampton, TN 
Water: None
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Passes: Digital Pass Icon
Operated By: US Forest Service

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Lake and Pond Fishing

Boating - Motorized

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Fee charged for some activities:
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