Watauga Lake Hike

Johnson City, Tennessee

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Enjoy a highlight-fi lled lakeside ramble on the Appalachian Trail. Join the AT as it curves along the shore of Watauga Lake, soaking in mountain vistas aplenty, and swimming opportunities, too. Cruise away from the lake, passing a pair of pre-lake homesites. Next, stop by an AT shelter before visiting Watauga Dam. Th e dam, a Tennessee Valley Authority legacy, off ers wide-ranging panoramas of the surrounding land and waterscape.

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"Enjoy a highlight-fi lled lakeside ramble on the Appalachian Trail. Join the AT as it curves along the shore of Watauga Lake, soaking in mountain vistas aplenty, and swimming opportunities, too. Cruise away from the lake, passing a pair of pre-lake homesites. Next, stop by an AT shelter before visiting Watauga Dam. Th e dam, a Tennessee Valley Authority legacy, off ers wide-ranging panoramas of the surrounding land and waterscape."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Johnson City
Distance: 5.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 3.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Pisgah National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Elizabethton, Watauga Dam

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Jun 2018