Watauga Point Recreation Area

Cherokee National Forest



Watauga Point Recreation Area is located on the southern shore of Watauga Lake in Carter County. Large shade trees scattered throughout grassy areas provide a park setting for picnicking and sunbathing. In addition to picnic facilities, there is a lake and a gravel trail that loops through the nearby forest. Flush toilets, sinks, and drinking fountain have been winterized for the remainder of the 2021 season.  


Boaters, anglers, and picnickers all enjoy Watauga Point. There is a wooded trail on site as well.


Watauga Point Recreation Area has one pavilion with accessible flush toilets. There are six picnic tables and two large grills at the pavilion. The shady area has five picnic tables and two grills. There is electricity at the pavilion.

Natural Features

At more than 1,900 feet in elevation, Watauga is the highest reservoir in Tennessee. This scenic 6,400-acre reservoir is managed for flood management, power generation, aquatic ecology and recreation. Watauga Point overlooks the reservoir and the Big Laurel Branch Wilderness Area on the opposite shore. 

Nearby Attractions

Both water-based and land-based recreation activities abound near Watauga Point Recreation Area. Forest Service facilities within three miles include Cardens Bluff Campground, Rat Branch Boat Ramp, and Pond Mountain Shooting Range.
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