Lodging

If you are visiting for a night, a weekend or week vacations stay at Watauga Lake, below are some lodging options such as bed and breakfasts, campgrounds, cabins and vacation rentals.

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246 Wilbur Dam Rd, Elizabethton, TN 37643
(423) 543-1702(423) 543-1702
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4400 Unicoi Drive Unicoi TN 37692

Overview

Dennis Cove Campground is a secluded campground along Laurel Fork Creek at an elevation of 2,650 feet in Carter County. This remote developed campground is popular with those seeking a rustic experience. The altitude, creek side location and lush forest surroundings make Dennis Cove particularly desirable during hot summer months. With 15 campsites, Dennis Cove is a great option for a group to reserve the whole campground for retreats and other events.

Natural Features:

Dennis Cove Campground is located along the beautiful Laurel Fork Creek nestled in the mountains of the Southern Appalachians.

Recreation:

Along with camping, Laurel Fork Creek is stocked with rainbow trout below the campground. Above the campground, the creek and its tributaries are managed as wild trout streams for brown, rainbow and brook trout. Laurel Fork Trail (#39) follows the creek upstream for 8.0 miles with twenty-six stream crossings. The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is accessed via the nearby Coon Den Falls Trail (# 37).

Facilities:

There are 15 single campsites, including two double sites within Dennis Cove Campground. The campground has flush toilets. Each site contains a table, fire ring and lantern holder.

Nearby Attractions:

Trailheads for Coon Den Falls Trail (#37) and the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (#1) are approximately a half mile west of the campground on Dennis Cove Rd. Watauga Lake is approximately 25 minutes away.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Campsites
  • Accessible Drinking Water
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Grills
  • Accessible Parking
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Walkways
  • Birding
  • Campfire Rings
  • Creek Access
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Group Site (Reservable)
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Host
  • Lantern Posts
  • Parking Area
  • Pets Allowed
  • Picnic Area
  • RV sites
  • Self Pay Station
  • Shade
  • Tables
  • Tent Pads
  • Tent sites
  • Trash Collection
  • Water
  • Water Access
  • Water Spigot
  • Waterfront Sites
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • ATM
  • Accessible Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Fishing Dock
  • Accessible Picnic Areas
  • Accessible Picnic Shelters
  • Accessible Pit Toilets
  • Accessible Swimming
  • Accessible Trails
  • Auto Repair Shop
  • Backpacking
  • Bait Shop
  • Bank
  • Beach
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Cafe
  • Camping Supplies
  • Canoeing
  • Cell Phone Service
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Day Use Area
  • Electricity
  • Emergency Phone
  • Emergency Services
  • Firewood
  • Fishing Dock
  • Food Services
  • Fuel Available
  • General Store
  • Grocery Store
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Lake Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Lodging
  • Marina
  • Mountain Biking
  • Paved Roads
  • Restaurant
  • Sailboarding
  • Sailing
  • Scenic Drive
  • Shooting Range
  • Star Gazing
  • Swimming
  • Trailhead Parking
  • Trailheads
  • Washer & Dryer
  • Water Activities
Know Before You Go

The gates to the campground are closed from 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., when a campground host is present. Guests of campers are asked to leave before the gates are closed.

All developed recreation areas on the Cherokee National Forest are alcohol free to promote family-friendly recreation.

Campfires are limited to the burning of wood products and charcoal only. It’s state law.

Be careful with food scraps and trash. Keep a clean campsite to prevent unwanted critters and bears.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
36.25722, -82.11083
36°15’26″N, 82°6’39″W

US 321/TN 67 into Hampton, TN. Right onto Dennis Cove Road for approximately 5 miles or 15 minutes. Dennis Cove Road is steep with hairpin turns, so plan to drive slowly.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

DENNIS COVE CAMPGROUND
4400 Unicoi Drive
Unicoi  TN  37692

Phone Number:

Information:  (423)735-1500

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197 Elk Ridge, Butler, TN 37640

A unique haven of pristine wilderness beauty in the Appalachian Mountains of northeastern Tennessee. Sugar Hollow Retreat is an Inn and conference center nestled on a 300-acre nature preserve overlooking Watauga Lake where North Carolina meets Tennessee. Sugar Hollow offers delightful accommodations for weddings, family reunions, business retreats, church groups and individuals.

142 Shook Branch Rd, Hampton, TN 37658
(239) 218-3904(239) 218-3904
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509 Beech Mountain Parkway, Banner Elk, NC 28604
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268 Moreland Dr, Butler, TN 37640

Creekside Chalet Log Cabin Rentals – Secluded Log Cabin Rental in Butler TN

Rent this property for the Christmas Week and / or New Year’s Week.

Escape to the secluded Bristol Tennessee and Watauga Lake area Log Cabin Rental Lodging and Accommodations. The Creekside Chalet Log Cabin Rental is a pet friendly secluded log cabin rental nestled in The Appalachian High Country of Northeastern Tennessee near Watauga Lake and Bristol TN. The Creekside Chalet Log Cabin Rental is suitable for romantic couples, or friends and family get togethers. Hiking Trails on the property and The Appalachian Trail is on the ridge behind the Chalet.

Secluded Privacy in the Woods – No one to disturb – No one to disturb you!

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220 Charter Hills Rd, Beech Mountain, NC 28604
108 Price Rd, Elizabethton, TN 37643
(423) 474-3505(423) 474-3505
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2285 US-321, Hampton, TN 37658

Lakeshore Resort on beautiful Watauga Lake in Northeast Tennessee offers a full service marina, boat rentals, cabin rentals, motel units and the Captain’s Table restaurant – ALL of which offer breathtaking views of one of the country’s most scenic lakes.

Lakeshore Marina is a full-service facility easily accessible from US Highway 321.

Enjoy fishing in the clean waters of Watauga Lake, or treat yourself to a memorable picturesque ride in one of our rental ski or pontoon boats. We also offer complete mooring service, live bait, dry docking and licenses can be purchased on site.

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744 Wilbur Dam Rd, Elizabethton, TN 37643

Wautaga Dam Campground is a beautiful, peaceful campground on the Watauga River in Eastern Tennessee. Currently the campground has no tent sites, but has 29 RV sites, many of which are right on the river.


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141 Steel Bridge Rd, Elizabethton, TN 37643
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Welcome to the Watauga River Lodge located on the trophy section of the Watauga known to produce gargantuan browns, football-shaped bows and bug chugging brookies – so break in your own equipment or let our expert guides provide you with everything you’ll need to tame these trout.

Then mix it up with a float for smallmouth or a trek for wild fish. Year-round the Watauga River Lodge guides can put a bend in your rod and a smile on your face.

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105 Cowan Town Rd, Butler, Tennessee 37640

Pioneer Landing is the easternmost marina on Watauga Lake. It is a special place for many visitors to the lake and its property is the site of significant local Cherokee Indian history.

Although the site was originally used primarily for tent camping, over the years the Livorsis have cleared and developed the property to house campers who stay through the summer or visit on weekends April through October.

It would be hard not to use the word family when describing the atmosphere of today’s Pioneer Landing. Many campers have been spending their summers here for over a decade and the late spring-early summer time has the feel of a reunion.

Contact Dan or Deanna at 423-768-3164 or
E-Mail info@pioneerlanding.com

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4400 Unicoi Drive, Unicoi TN 37692

Facilities:

There are 40 campsites within Cardens Bluff Campground. Each section of the campground has flush toilets. In addition, there is an accessible shower house with eight showers for the campground. Recycling has been added to the campground, including aluminum, glass and plastic.

Nearby Attractions:

The nearby Rat Branch Boat Launch is an easy five minute drive from the campground for campers with motor boats. Shook Branch Swim Area is also nearby on the shores of Watauga Lake. Big Laurel Branch and Pond Mountain Wilderness areas are located north and south of the campground for more rugged, backcountry hiking.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Campsites
  • Accessible Drinking Water
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Grills
  • Accessible Parking
  • Accessible Showers
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Trails
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Accessible Walkways
  • Birding
  • Boat Trailer Parking
  • Campfire Rings
  • Canoeing
  • Cell Phone Service
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Hot Water
  • Interpretive Trails
  • Kayaking
  • Lake Access
  • Lantern Posts
  • Parking Area
  • Paved Parking
  • Paved Parking Spurs
  • Paved Pathways
  • Paved Roads
  • Pets Allowed
  • Recycling
  • Self Pay Station
  • Shade
  • Showers
  • Star Gazing
  • Swimming
  • Tables
  • Tent Pads
  • Tent sites
  • Trash Collection
  • Water
  • Water Access
  • Water Activities
  • Water Spigot
  • Waterfront Sites
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Accessible Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Picnic Areas
  • Accessible Picnic Shelters
  • Accessible Swimming
  • Beach
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Day Use Area
  • Emergency Phone
  • Emergency Services
  • Fishing Dock
  • Fuel Available
  • General Store
  • Hunting
  • Ice
  • Motor Boat Rentals
  • Pontoon Rental
  • Restaurant
  • Sailboarding
  • Sailing
  • Shooting Range
  • Trailheads
Know Before You Go

The gates to the campground are closed from 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. Guests of campers are asked to leave before the gates are closed; All developed recreation areas in the Cherokee National Forest are alcohol free to promote family-friendly recreation; Campfires are limited to the burning of wood only. It’s state law; Be careful with food scraps and trash. Keep a clean campsite to prevent unwanted critters and bears; One third of the campground is available for those without advanced reservations, on a first-come, first-served basis. Only sites 16, 28 and 29 are suitable for up to a 30 foot camper.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
36.30972, -82.11528
36°18’35″N, 82°6’55″W

From Elizabethton take US 19E/321 south 5 miles to Hampton. Turn left on 321/67 travel 3 miles to the campground entrance on the left.

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Po Box 38
Banner Elk NC 28604
Phone: 828-783-1080
Email: marketingblueridge@gmail.com
Website: www.LakeWataugaTN.com

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