Watauga Point Recreation Area

Cherokee National Forest



Watauga Point Recreation Area is located on the southern shore of Watauga Lake in Carter County, Tennessee. It offers a picturesque park setting for activities such as boating, fishing, picnicking, and hiking. The recreation area has a pavilion, shady area, and other picnic facilities, plus a nearby forest for exploring. Watauga is the highest reservoir in the state and boasts an impressive view of Big Laurel Branch Wilderness Area on the opposite shore. There are many additional attractions in the area.


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 are all closed and winterized for the 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 electricity, a shady area, accessible flush toilets, and several other picnic tables and pedestal grills spread throughout. There are six picnic tables and two large grills at the pavilion. The shady area has five picnic tables and two grills. The pavilion and shady area are both reservable. Please make sure you are reserving the right thing (either the pavilion or the shady area) when making your reservation.  

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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