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Watauga Lake Travel Tips

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Watauga Lake is a man-made reservoir in eastern Tennessee. The Tennessee Valley Authority built the reservoir to for hydropower generation, to prevent flooding, and to create an aquatic habitat. Another benefit of this lake is the tourism and recreation dollars it helps pump into the local communities surrounding Watauga Lake. Staying in Watauga Lake cabins during your vacation gets you up close to this secluded area of eastern Tennessee to enjoy the relaxing vacation you've always dreamed of.

Watauga Lake Is Tennessee's Appalachian Mountain Beauty

Nestled in the Cherokee National Forest and in the Appalachian Mountains, Watauga Lake offers visitors some of the most stunning views in Tennessee. The lake, surrounded by lush green trees, is beautiful year round. With the mountains in the background, those who know about Watauga Lake make it a favorite vacation spot year after year.

Avoid the Tourists at Watauga Lake

Accessing Watauga Lake takes some effort because the only way to get there is by traveling up winding mountain roads. There are few tourists at Watauga Lake, which means Eastern Tennessee resorts serving this area don't have to worry about crowds or lines. There are 105 miles of shoreline around Watauga Lake, where you'll find one small motel, several marinas, and restaurants with views of the water. Staying in Watauga Lake vacation rentals gives you the opportunity to relax.

Learn about Old Butler: A Town Under Water

When the Tennessee Valley Authority decided to dam the Watauga and Elk Rivers, Watauga Lake was created in the spot where Butler, Tennessee used to stand. In this community, Native Americans conversed with settlers, pioneer families taught the next generation to farm, and Daniel Boone made an appearance. The Butler Museum now stands in New Butler, Tennessee, the same town moved to higher ground. The museum preserves the history of Old Butler with exhibits, artifacts, and photos.

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