Lake Watauga TN Lodging, Rentals,
Real Estate, Restaurants, Marinas, and Outdoor Recreation

Watauga Lake in Tennessee is located in the Appalachian Mountains and the Cherokee National Forest. Lake Watauga is the third cleanest lake in the country, surrounded by beautiful mountain views. Started in 1942 and finished 1948, Watauga Lake is the TVA's highest-elevated reservoir in Tennessee. Watauga Lake’s elevation sits 1,959 feet above sea level during the summertime months. Watauga Lake is accessible only by winding mountain roads.

Lake Watauga has a surface cover of 10.05 square miles in a rural part of Johnson County and Carter County Tennessee, and has 104.9-miles of shoreline. The Appalachian Trail crosses the southwestern tip of Watauga Lake. The lake is located south of Mountain City TN, west of Boone NC, east of Elizabethton TN, southeast of Bristol TN, southwest of Damascus VA and northeast of Johnson City TN.

Watauga Lake is a hidden gem in the High Country of the Blue Ridge Mountains. There is one small motel and several seasonal marinas and restaurants with lakefront views. Lakefront real estate development and private build-able lots on waterfront property is limited by Watauga Lake's steep shorelines. There are many cabins and vacation rentals on the lake and surrounding the shoreline

Area: 10.04 mi²
Surface elevation: 1,959′
Max. depth: 265 ft (81 m)
Location: Carter / Johnson counties, Tennessee

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Lake Watuaga Lodging, Hotels, Cabin Rental and More

Around Lake Watuaga there are many great selections to choose from such as cabin and vacation rentals, bed and breakfasts, nearby hotels, and campgrounds for an overnight, weekend or longer stay.

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Attraction Near Watauga Lake\

While staying in the area or day-tripping to Lake Watauga take some time to visit the variety of attractions in the area. Such as the Virginia Creeper Trail, Doe Mountain Recreation Area, wineries, museums The Snake 421 and much more.

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Lake Watauga Restaurants

Before or after your adventure on Lake Watauga there is a place to eat for every type of appetite. There are many local and fine dining restaurants.

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Things To Do

Things To Do At Lake Watauga

Besides boating and marinas around Lake Watauga there is a variety of thingsd to do such as arts and crafts, visiting and tasting tours of breweries and wineries, and the famous Snake Motorcycle Ride. (

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Outdoor Recreation at Lake Watauga

Lake Watauga has many outdoor activities such as boating, fishing, horseback riding, paddle boarding, jet skiing, water skiing, kayaking, and ATV Riding. There are many adventures to experience at Lake Watauga and the surrounding area.

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Real Estate

Lake Watauga Real Estate

Find your piece of mountain paradise whether it be land, a home , or investment property in the Tennessee Mountains around Lake Watauga. Find the right knowledgeable real estate agency and agent to help you choose the right home for you.

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Mountain Lake Watauga Weddings

Lake Watuaga is the perfect choice for a wedding and to exchange vows. There are many beautiful venues to choose from whether you want a lake backdrop or a mountain view for your special day.

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Po Box 38
Banner Elk NC 28604
Phone: 828-783-1080

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