Watauga Lake, Cherokee National Forest, Tennessee, USA

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Watauga Lake, Cherokee National Forest, Tennessee, USA

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Watauga Lake means watersports galore

Long days of bobbing between the various tendrils of Watauga Lake on sailboats, or sunning yourself on the deck of private motorboat rentals, are in store for folk who love to get on the water. Meanwhile, those who've managed to book one of the coveted Watauga Lake vacation rentals on the shoreline can enjoy kayak-to-door access, or private trout fishing jetties all to themselves. And between the water sports? Well, there's always time for whisky tasting and wine excursions, right?

Dams and dreamy outdoors in Watauga Lake

No trip to the vast waters of Watauga Lake could possibly be complete without catching at least a glimpse of the colossal Watauga Dam. This hulking structure is responsible for creating the highest reservoir in Tennessee, and soars to over 300 feet between the Appalachian hillsides. Below that, you'll be able to catch glimpses of local birds in the Watauga Dam wildlife observation area, which is just a taster of the natural wonders to come in the greater Cherokee National Forest _ think black bear habitats, and famous walking routes like the John Muir Recreation Trail.

Breezy highland summers in Watauga Lake

The altitude of Watauga Lake _ more than 1,900 feet up in the Appalachian Mountains _ means that it manages to dodge the humid summers that lowland Tennessee contends with between May and September. Instead, the months of June, July, and August here are high time for vacations when Watauga Lake vacation rentals fill up with boaters, fishers, walkers, and wildlife spotters, and when temperatures hover around the high 60s and low 70s for much of the season. Meanwhile, fall means the lowest chance of rain.

Watauga Lake is a hidden jewel in Appalachia

The landscapes around Watauga Lake have been hailed as some of the most breathtaking in the whole of eastern Tennessee. It's easy to see why. Undulating peaks rise and fall all around the water's edge, clad in pockets of chestnut, beech, and maple. Meanwhile, hidden coves and beaches pepper the banks, and babbling streams emerge from the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains to join the water. The main natural reserve is always going to be the Cherokee National Forest though, which has access to the world-famous Appalachian Trail.