Appalachian Trail | Hiking Trail

By | Outdoor, Watauga Lake Guide

The Appalachian Trail is approximately 2,190 miles long, the trail traverses 14 different states. There is an approximate gain/loss in elevation of 464,500 Feet. The Appalachian Trail is one of the most well-known trails in the country. Known as the A.T. to those who forge the path, it runs for more than 71 miles through… Continued

July 22, 2020

Laurel Falls | Hiking Trail

By | Outdoor, Watauga Lake Guide

Located in the congressionally designated Pond Mountain Wilderness, Laurel Falls is a popular destination for hikers due to its immense size (40’ high & 50’ wide) and picturesque setting. The hike to the falls can be challenging and requires good footwear and physical ability. There are two prefered routes for reaching the falls: either by… Continued

July 22, 2020

Monsoons | Thai

By | Dining, Watauga Lake Guide

Monsoons is located about 10 miles west of Moutain City, TN, in Doeville (Butler). Serving up great Thai cuisine is Mel’s specialty. Looking for some authentic Thai cooking? Melynn (Mel) is always cooking up some wonderful foods, and her menu has something for everyone. You can get it mild or spicy, your choice! Recommend call… Continued

July 17, 2020

Shirley’s Home Cooking | Country Style

By | Dining, Watauga Lake Guide

Shirley’s Home Cooking is located near beautiful Watauga Lake on Highway 321 near Butler, Tennessee. Starting with a small grill in the corner of a service station, Shirley served mainly local diners homemade family style meals which she learned to prepare first-hand from her mother. Renovations throughout the years, allows them to seat around 250… Continued

July 17, 2020

The Captain’s Table | Seafood

By | Dining, Watauga Lake Guide

The Captain’s Table is on beautiful Watauga Lake located in the secluded Cherokee National Forest in Northeast Tennessee. If you’re hungry after a long day on the water, pull up a chair at the Captain’s Table, with a breathtaking view of the lake. Family owned and operated, the restaurant has been serving customers for over… Continued

July 17, 2020

La Cucina | Italian

By | Dining, Watauga Lake Guide

La Cucina is a real homey kitchen offering 24 seats. The dining room is situated inside of the kitchen. They cook entirely from scratch. Reservations are highly recommended. 6811 Highway 67 W Mountain City, Tennessee (423) 727-0205 Facebook Email

July 17, 2020

Watauga Lake Winery

By | Activities, Watauga Lake Guide, Winery

Owners, Wayne and Linda Gay, “retired” to Johnson County, TN, in 2002 after spending 22 years in the Italian import business. During this time, Linda and Wayne, grew to love the mountains and vineyard covered slopes of Italy. When they discovered East Tennessee, they immediately felt as if they had been transported to the Italian… Continued

April 29, 2019

Watauga Lake

By | Outdoor, Watauga Lake Guide

Watauga Lake was formed when the Watauga Dam was constructed starting in 1942 and completed in 1948 and is surrounded by the Cherokee National Forest.  Both the Watauga River and the Elk River feed the lake.  The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) uses the reservoir to generate hydroelectric power.  At 1,959 feet above sea level, Lake Watauga… Continued

August 30, 2018