Watauga Lake Area

View of Watauga Lake in Cherokee National Forests

Water recreation is abundant in this area, featuring Watauga Lake; the Doe, Elk and Watauga rivers;  several streams and seven waterfalls.

Highly developed recreation areas along Watauga Lake provide facilities for fishing, picnicking, swimming and boat launching. The Appalachian National Scenic Trail runs through the area's backcountry.  Camp on the lakeshore at Cardens Bluff or in the backcountry along Laurel Fork Creek at Dennis Cove.

At a Glance

Closest Towns: Elizabethton and Hampton, Tennessee

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Areas for Campground Camping at Watauga Lake Area

Group Camping

Areas for Group Camping at Watauga Lake Area

Lake and Pond Fishing

Areas for Lake and Pond Fishing at Watauga Lake Area

River and Stream Fishing

Areas for River and Stream Fishing at Watauga Lake Area

Day Hiking

Areas for Day Hiking at Watauga Lake Area

Target Shooting

Areas for Target Shooting at Watauga Lake Area


Areas for Picnicking at Watauga Lake Area

Group Picnicking

Areas for Group Picnicking at Watauga Lake Area

Scenic Driving

Areas for Scenic Driving at Watauga Lake Area

Boating - Motorized

Launch Ramps Little Milligan-$ ,Sink Mountain Launch, Rat Branch Launch- $

Areas for Boating - Motorized at Watauga Lake Area


Areas for Swimming at Watauga Lake Area

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