Watauga Point Picnic Area is located on the southern shore of Watauga Lake in Carter County. Large shade trees scattered throughout grassy areas provide a park setting for picnicking and sunbathing. In addition to picnic facilities, there is a gravel trail that loops through the nearby forest. A large pavilion and large shady area with tables are available to rent for your family gatherings or other events. There is not a designated swim area. Swimming is at your own risk.
At a Glance
|Watauga Point Recreation Area is still open, but only on a first-come first serve basis. Please note the BATHROOMS ARE CLOSED and have been winterized for the season, and bathrooms plan to open on 4/1/2024, weather dependent. Reservations for the covered pavilion and the Shady Area will begin on 4/1/2024.
|The area is open between dawn and dusk. Bathrooms and sinks are CLOSED and have been winterized for the season. Bathrooms plan to open on 4/1/2024, weather dependent. Reservations for the covered pavilion and the Shady Area will begin on 4/1/2024.
|Accessible, Fee charged for some activities, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water, Parking
|There is no day-use fee charged at this site. To reserve the covered pavilion or the Shady area, for $30 each per day, contact Recreation.gov
|4/1/2024 - 10/15/2024
|Elizabethton, TN and Hampton, TN
|US Forest Service
General InformationDirections: From Elizabethton, take US 19E/321 south for five miles to Hampton. Turn left on US 321/TN 67 south for five miles, then turn left into Watauga Point.
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
A picnic area with large shade trees helps keep you cool from the summer sun.
|No. of Sites
|There are 41 picnic tables.
|The pavilion, and grassy area, can each be reserved for $30 a day by calling 877-444-6777, or by going online at recreation.gov.
Looking for a place for a group picnic? A portion of Watauga Point can be reserved for one-day group gatherings. Make your reservations at www.Recreation.gov
|Fee charged for some activities: