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Wonderful unspoiled lake. Try for fall foliage

We've seen a lot of lakes in the TN, VA, NC area, and this one is our favorite. Majority of views... read more

Reviewed 30 October 2017
Asheville, NC
Unforgettable views

The lake itself is gorgeous and the surrounding landscape is just breath-taking. We were so happily... read more

Reviewed 21 October 2017
Columbus, Ohio
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“pontoon boat” (6 reviews)
“man made lake” (3 reviews)
Hampton, TN
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Reviewed 30 October 2017

We've seen a lot of lakes in the TN, VA, NC area, and this one is our favorite. Majority of views have no buildings at all on the opposite shore. Very unspoiled area. And the fall foliage in 2017, at the end of October, was...More

Thank BlueRidgeWoman
Reviewed 21 October 2017

The lake itself is gorgeous and the surrounding landscape is just breath-taking. We were so happily surprised by the nature, views and photo-ops here. We went just as the leaves were beginning to change and it is truly unforgettable. The only issue is there were...More

Thank BZTraveling
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

Awesome paddleboarding on the lake. It was quiet and lots of ducks, geese, plus a beautiful sunset. Parking is easy and everything was clean. Plenty of picnic tables.

1  Thank rondagreaves
Reviewed 22 September 2017

Love walking on the AT around this lake. We've also rented a boat and gotten to ride around the lake seeing all of the beautiful views. Supposedly very clean, although I've never seen in it myself. Captain's Table restaurant, with beautiful views of the lake,...More

Thank elissa412
Reviewed 14 September 2017

Beautiful day on the lake. Nature all around. Great pricing on pontoon boat rentals all around the lake.

Thank Michael R
Reviewed 8 September 2017

We love going to Watauga Lake, there is so much to do there. Camping, swimming, boating and you can rent boats from the marina. We love taking our kayak out on the lake, it is so peaceful there and are several areas with picnic tables...More

Thank Jana T
Reviewed 8 August 2017

As a mountain girl this was a great trip! We rented a cabin with family and friends and had a relaxing week. Fishing, boat rides, fishing, cook out, fishing, swimming, fishing and hiking :) The lake was not over populated and the temperatures were cool...More

Thank knottalot
Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

This lake is beautiful. Nestled below the mountains with very pleasant temps in late July. I don't have much info on area but it is my understanding that part of the lake is 300 feet deep. They do offer cabin rentals and boat rentals. Instead...More

Thank Eggbert10
Reviewed 20 July 2017

We drove over from Roan Mountain looking for a place to picnic and put our Kayak in. The 2 public areas were really nice. Peaceful and a beautiful view

Thank Catherine T
Reviewed 18 July 2017 via mobile

Rented a pontoon boat for the lake and I must say! The views are breathtaking!!! I took so many photos because i was afraid I would miss something!!! Lake was perfect temp, people are super friendly and is the perfect sunday activity! Will come back!

Thank 670leeannn
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13 December 2017|
Response from Eggbert10 | Reviewed this property |
We were just passing through area so I am really not sure on when you can swim. I would imagine that the water is a bit cooler than some lakes due to the fact that it is in a higher elevation and surrounded by mountains... More
14 July 2015|
Response from Brokerlex | Reviewed this property |
Not many restaurants around the Lake--------Have to go to Mtn. City for those 30 miles away....go to one of the Gemstone mines there. They also have better restaurants there and they have many outfitters there. Also visit... More
29 January 2015|
Response from Charles H | Reviewed this property |
Late March is a 50/50 chance of good/bad weather - have seen it snow. Recommend waiting a couple of months unless you want to try trout fishing in the nearby streams and rivers.