Watauga Lake Lake Getaways
Watauga Lake is near Elizabethton and Mountain City. Watauga Lake boasts the claim of being the 3rd cleanest lake in the nation. The lake, which is surrounded by the Cherokee National Forest and the Appalachian Mountains gets its name from a Native American word meaning "beautiful waters". The 19 mile long lake is great for fishing for trout, bass, and walleye. It's also a popular destination for boating and water sports.
The Watauga Ranger District of the Cherokee National Forest includes 175,000 acres in northeastern Tennessee in Carte, Johnson, Sullivan and Unicoi Counties. The district lies between the South Holston River drainage and the North Carolina state line and includes mountain peaks and slopes, sheltered coves and valleys, numerous streams and much of the shoreline on three major lakes. Elevations on the district range from 1,500 feet to 4,900 feet.
Outdoor recreation opportunities are plentiful and include camping, picnicking, swimming, hiking, hunting, fishing, scenic driving and horseback riding.