Watauga Lake, Tennessee, United States
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Watauga Lake Information

About Watauga Lake

In Northeastern Tennessee, Watauga Lake awaits as one of the most peaceful lakes in the state, among forests and mountains that act as its backdrop. The lake is far off the beaten path, and is surrounded by both the Appalachian Mountains and the Cherokee National Forest. Spend your days on the water with your family, and find peace and quiet that only the calming water, forest, and mountains can provide.

Things to do in Watauga Lake

On Watauga Lake, you’ll find yourself swimming, canoeing, kayaking — even waterskiing! Watauga Lake is also an excellent place to fish for bass and trout (it even has a fishing pier), or power boat around the lake. There are also many National Recreational Areas where you can set up a picnic, or even go camping, and enjoy the wilderness. There’s a beach at one of the Recreational Areas, the only one around, which makes for a great day out with your family. The Cherokee National Forest is right around the Lake, where you can find hiking trails, waterfalls, and miles of trees. The Appalachian Trail is also at the edge of the lake — a hiker’s dream. Make your way through some of the most exciting and sought after trails in the country.

Day trips from Watauga Lake

You might want to hit up the Appalachian Summer Festival for a day trip or more, as it runs every year in July for three weeks. The festival is in Boone, in North Carolina, about an hour drive away from the lake. While in Boone, visit the Tweetsie Railroad, which is a Wild-West themed amusement park with train rides and shows that kids will love. Also if you choose to visit in the winter months, head on up to the Appalachian Ski Mountain in Boone. Howard Knob is a park in Boone where you can overlook the town and enjoy amazing views. With free admission, set up a picnic and bring your family!

Watauga Lake accommodations

There are a few rentals nearby that you can choose from, but half the appeal of the Lake is its obscurity. There are few lake-side rentals to keep the land as rustic as possible. Find a rental nearby the lake, or further out so you can travel to and from the water. For example, the town of Butler is the closest nearby. However, in the summer, the appeal of the lake draws many more visitors.

Transportation in Watauga Lake

There are winding mountain roads that lead to the lake, so make sure you bring your car or have a car rental ready. Because of the tricky roads, there are fewer people who choose to get up to the lake, which is all the better for you if you’re searching for serenity. If you’re coming from further away and need to fly in, try the Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina, or the Tri-Cities Regional Airport in Blountville Tennessee which is of course much closer.

Weather in Watauga Lake

Hi: 45°
Lo: 25°
January
Hi: 50°
Lo: 28°
February
Hi: 59°
Lo: 34°
March
Hi: 68°
Lo: 42°
April
Hi: 76°
Lo: 51°
May
Hi: 83°
Lo: 60°
June
Hi: 86°
Lo: 64°
July
Hi: 85°
Lo: 63°
August
Hi: 79°
Lo: 55°
September
Hi: 69°
Lo: 44°
October
Hi: 59°
Lo: 35°
November
Hi: 48°
Lo: 28°
December

Vacation Rentals in Watauga Lake

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These vacation rentals offer a range of amenities, so you’ll feel right at home. For those looking to stay in a corporate rental, 65 of Watauga Lake’s rentals offer high speed WiFi Internet so you can easily keep in touch with your company or team. Go for a swim at one of the 5 properties complete with pool or jacuzzi, or relax with a night of cable TV in any of our 70 vacation home rentals.

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