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Watauga-Lake is located in the upper northeastern corner of the state in Carter and Johnson Counties, near the North Carolina border. "Watauga" is a Native American word that means "beautiful waters," and Watauga Lake is indeed one of the most beautiful lakes in Tennessee. Surrounded by the Appalachian Mountains and the Cherokee National Forest, it looks picture perfect with the mountains and trees reflecting in its' cool, clear waters. Watauga is the highest reservoir in the Tennessee River system at more than 1,900 feet above sea level, and the fishing here is excellent! You will find 13 species of game fish in the lake, including rainbow and brown trout, smallmouth and largemouth bass and walleye. Just below Watauga Dam is an observation area where visitors can stop and view several unique species of waterfowl. Other popular activities on the lake include swimming, boating, water skiing and camping. A portion of the Appalachian Trail runs through the area, as well as several spectacular waterfalls, making this a beautiful place for hiking. Major cities near the lake include Elizabethton, Hampton, Roan Mountain, Bristol and Johnson City. There are many area flea markets, farmers markets, antique stores and small town festivals throughout the summer months for visitors to enjoy. Other points of interest include the Bristol Motor Speedway and Bristol Caverns, Sycamore Shoals State Historical Area, Roan Mountain State Park, Rhododendron Gardens, and the Hands-On Museum in Johnson City.

Surrounding areas: Hampton, Tennessee (5.8 mi), Butler, Tennessee (7.6 mi), Roan Mountain, Tennessee (9.2 mi), Bluff City, Tennessee (13.0 mi), Johnson City, Tennessee (14.0 mi), Englewood, Tennessee (15.9 mi), Bristol, Tennessee (17.6 mi)

Watauga Lake Vacation Rentals

Watauga Lake Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Comfort Inn-elizabethton1515 19e BypElizabethton, TN5.3 mi.(423) 542-4466
Comfort Inn Of Johnson City1900 S Roan StJohnson City, TN12.3 mi.(423) 928-9600
Sleep Inn Inn & Suites2020 Franklin Terrace CtJohnson City, TN12.9 mi.(423) 915-0081
Quality Inn & Suites207 E Mountcastle DrJohnson City, TN13.7 mi.(423) 282-3335
Garden Plaza Hotel211 Mockingbird LnJohnson City, TN14.0 mi.(423) 929-2000
Red Roof Inn210 Broyles DrJohnson City, TN14.1 mi.(423) 282-3040
Days Inn2312 Browns Mill RdJohnson City, TN14.3 mi.(423) 282-2211
Ramada Limited2606 N Roan StJohnson City, TN14.5 mi.(423) 282-4011
Super 8 Motel108 Wesley StJohnson City, TN14.5 mi.(423) 282-8818
The Jam N'jelly Inn1310 Indian Ridge RdJohnson City, TN14.6 mi.(423) 929-0039
Holiday Inn-johnson City101 W Springbrook DrJohnson City, TN14.7 mi.(423) 282-4611
Hampton Inn508 N State Of Franklin RdJohnson City, TN14.8 mi.(423) 929-8000
Comfort Suites3118 Browns Mill RdJohnson City, TN15.5 mi.(423) 610-0010
Jameson Inn119 Pinnacle DrJohnson City, TN17.4 mi.(423) 282-0488
Sugar Mountain Ski And Country ClubBanner Elk, NC17.8 mi.(828) 898-9784
Regency Inn975 Volunteer PkwyBristol, TN17.9 mi.(423) 968-9474
Americinn Lodge & Suites376 E Jackson BlvdJonesborough, TN19.0 mi.(423) 753-3100
Microtel Inn & Suites Bristol131 Bristol East RdBristol, VA19.3 mi.(276) 669-8164
Howard Johnson Inn2221 Euclid AveBristol, VA19.5 mi.(276) 669-7171
Knights Inn2221-2 Euclid AveBristol, VA19.5 mi.(276) 669-7171
Hampton Inn3299 W State StBristol, TN19.9 mi.(423) 764-3600
Bristol Lodging Services LLC111 Holiday DrBristol, TN20.0 mi.(423) 968-1101
Econo Lodge912 Commonwealth AveBristol, VA20.0 mi.(276) 466-2112
Holiday Inn Express2002 Temple HL RdErwin, TN20.5 mi.(423) 743-4100
Super 8 Motel Bristol2139 Lee HwyBristol, VA21.0 mi.(276) 466-8800
Comfort Inn2368 Lee HwyBristol, VA21.2 mi.(276) 466-3881
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites3005 Linden DrBristol, VA21.2 mi.(276) 466-4100
La Quinta Inn #933 - Bristol1014 Old Airport RdBristol, VA21.2 mi.(276) 669-9353
Courtyard By Marriott Bristol3169 Linden DrBristol, VA21.3 mi.(276) 591-4400
La Quinta Inn #935-kingsport10150 Airport PkwyKingsport, TN21.6 mi.(423) 323-0500
Eseeola Lodge175 Linville AveLinville, NC22.6 mi.(828) 733-4311
Pixie InnUS 221Linville, NC22.6 mi.(704) 733-2597
Pixie InnLinville, NC22.6 mi.(704) 733-2597
Comfort Inn South4624 Fairlane DrKingsport, TN23.2 mi.(423) 239-7447
Cleeks Motel2760 East Stone DrKingsport, TN25.8 mi.(423) 228-9996
Comfort Suites1184 Hwy 105Boone, NC26.0 mi.(828) 268-0099
Hampton Inn Boone1075 Hwy 105Boone, NC26.0 mi.(828) 264-0077
High Country Inn1785 Hwy 105Boone, NC26.0 mi.(828) 264-1000
Super 8 Motel2419 Hwy 105 SBoone, NC26.0 mi.(828) 264-4133
The Homecoming Lodge5335 NC Hwy 194 NBoone, NC26.0 mi.(828) 264-8413

Watauga Lake Weather & Climate

The climate of the northeastern Tennessee mountains is temperate with moderately cold winters and warm, humid summers. Precipitation is fairly well distributed throughout the year; as there is no distinct wet or dry seasons. October has the least rainfall, July the most. Snowfall is quite variable from year to year, and some winters have relatively little. Thunderstorms occur anytime of the year, but are most frequent in spring and summer. Summer temperatures are rarely extreme, but the high humidity often makes it seem hotter than it actually is. Snow is minimal in Tennessee except in the higher mountain regions. Severe storms are infrequent in the state, being east of the center of tornado activity, south of most blizzard conditions, and too far inland to be affected by hurricanes.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 44°F 24°F 3.60 in. -
February 48°F 27°F 3.75 in. -
March 57°F 33°F 3.92 in. -
April 66°F 41°F 3.29 in. -
May 74°F 51°F 5.11 in. -
June 81°F 59°F 4.40 in. -
July 84°F 63°F 4.75 in. -
August 83°F 62°F 3.45 in. -
September 78°F 56°F 2.99 in. -
October 68°F 43°F 2.07 in. -
November 57°F 34°F 3.02 in. -
December 47°F 27°F 3.49 in. -

Watauga Lake Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Tri Cities Regional Tn Va airport (TRI) located about 19 miles northwest of Watauga Lake in Bristol Johnson Kingsport, Tennessee, the Greeneville Greene County Municipal airport (GCY) located approximately 39 miles west of Watauga Lake in Greeneville, Tennessee, the Hickory Regional airport (HKY) located roughly 57 miles southeast of Watauga Lake in Hickory, North Carolina, the Wilkes County airport (UKF) located around 57 miles east of Watauga Lake in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, and finally the Asheville Regional airport (AVL) located about 65 miles southwest of Watauga Lake in Asheville, North Carolina.

Watauga Lake Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Ghost Town in the SkyMaggie ValleyNC77.9 mi.
NASCAR SpeedParkSeviervilleTN86.3 mi.
DollywoodPigeon ForgeTN88.1 mi.
Rockin' RacewayPigeon ForgeTN88.1 mi.
Cherokee Fun ParkCherokeeNC88.8 mi.
Santa's LandCherokeeNC88.8 mi.
Water Parks
Paramount's Carowinds-Water WorksPinevilleNC110.0 mi.
Golf Courses
Elizabethton Municipal Golf CourseElizabethtonTN5.0 mi.
Tillery Tradition Country ClubMount GileadNC13.1 mi.
Pine Oaks Golf ClubJohnson CityTN14.0 mi.
Buffalo Valley Golf CourseUnicoiTN15.2 mi.
Bear Trace at Tims Ford State ParkWinchesterTN17.6 mi.
Steel Creek Golf CourseBristolTN17.6 mi.
Village of Sugar Mountain Golf CourseBanner ElkNC17.9 mi.
Tri Cities Golf CourseBlountvilleTN18.1 mi.
Clear Creek Golf ClubBristolVA18.8 mi.
Mountain Glen Golf CourseNewlandNC19.6 mi.
Hawksnest Golf & Ski ResortSeven DevilsNC20.2 mi.
Roan Valley Golf EstatesMountain CityTN20.6 mi.
Boone Golf ClubBooneNC26.4 mi.
Willow Creek Golf CourseBooneNC26.4 mi.
Cattails at Meadowview Golf CourseKingsportTN27.6 mi.
Crocketts Ridge Golf ClubKingsportTN27.6 mi.
Warriors Path State Park Golf CourseKingsportTN27.6 mi.
Deer Field Golf CourseDamascusVA28.5 mi.
Grassy Creek Golf & Country ClubSpruce PineNC28.7 mi.
Mount Mitchell Golf ClubBurnsvilleNC29.6 mi.
Ski Areas
Ski BeechBanner ElkNC17.8 mi.
Sugar Mountain Ski AreaBanner ElkNC17.8 mi.
Hawksnest Golf & Ski ResortSeven DevilsNC19.6 mi.
Ski Wolf LaurelMars HillNC41.8 mi.
CataloocheeMaggie ValleyNC77.9 mi.
Canaan ValleyDavisWV104.0 mi.
WinterplaceFlat TopWV104.0 mi.
Scaly MountainScaly MountainNC112.7 mi.
State Parks
Warriors Path State ParkTN23.0 mi. 
Mount Jefferson State ParkNC37.2 mi. 
Mount Mitchell State ParkNC39.0 mi. 
Carroll Reece MuseumJohnson CityTN12.9 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Hands On! Regional MuseumJohnson CityTN12.9 mi.(Children's)
Hickory Museum of ArtHickoryNC59.7 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Western North Carolina Nature CenterAshevilleNC55.4 mi.
Greenville ZooGreenvilleSC102.7 mi.
Knoxville Zoological GardensKnoxvilleTN103.4 mi.

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