Tennessee Nature January 20, 2023
Here Are 10 Of The Most Beautiful Lakes In Tennessee, According To Our Readers
Tennessee is a state that is replete with stunning natural beauty, which is no secret to those who live here. We asked our readers at Only in Tennessee what the most beautiful lakes in this state are, and they eagerly replied with some wonderful choices and lovely photos. We’ve gathered them together for you, and here they are, the most beautiful lakes in Tennessee:
1. Douglas Lake
With more suggestions by far than any other lake on this list,
takes the cake! Located on the eastern edge of Tennessee, it has wonderful views of the Great Smoky Mountains. This is actually a reservoir that was made in the 1940s, and its 28,000 acres of water provide hydroelectric energy to the Tennessee River Valley. Fishing for bass and crappie is excellent here, and it’s a popular swimming, camping, and boating site. No wonder it’s number one!
Douglas Lake, Tennessee, USA
2. Watauga Lake
Also in eastern Tennessee is lovely
. This 16-mile, 6,000-acre lake is surrounded by beautiful mountains and is simply breathtaking. It has some great beach spots and swimming areas and is a great place to fish for rainbow trout, walleye, and more. This reservoir was created in 1948 when the TVA Watauga Dam was completed. Over half of the lake will remain undeveloped and retain its natural beauty as it is in the Cherokee National Forest.
Watauga Lake, Tennessee, USA
3. Radnor Lake
If you like seeing wildlife,
is the place to be. Just a hop, skip, and a jump from Nashville, this gorgeous lake is a local favorite and is a Class II Natural Area so it will be protected for a long time to come. This is the place to see herons, owls, and various waterfowl, and the hiking trails surrounding this lake are a great way to see them. Best of all, the Lake Trail is wheelchair accessible! This picturesque lake is beautiful all year round and should certainly earn a place on your bucket list.
37220, Oak Hill, TN 37220, USA
4. Norris Lake
is possibly the cleanest lake in the state, and this reservoir spans five different counties: Grainger, Anderson, Union, Claiborne, and Campbell. This lake reaches 210 feet in depth and has 800 miles of shoreline, and the views here are simply fantastic. Spend a summer day here boating from over 20 marinas and bring the whole family for some leisurely swimming. The lake is surrounded by protected parks with wonderful hiking trails like Chuck Swan State Forest, Norris Dam State Park, and Cove Creek Wildlife Management Area.
Norris Lake, Tennessee, USA
5. Indian Boundary Lake
This lesser-known lake in the Cherokee National Forest is a bucolic, serene place that is accessible by the Cherohala Skyway.
Indian Boundary Lake
boasts 96 acres of water, a swimming beach, a small boat launch, a fishing pier, and a lovely hiking trail that goes around the lake. If you camp here and need food or firewood, the Indian Boundary Outpost is there to serve your needs. Most areas have decent accessibility and there are full restrooms as well. Be sure to check with the
U.S. Forest Service
to check the current use fees.
Indian Boundary Lake, Tennessee 37385, USA
6. Dale Hollow Lake
Nestled on the border of Kentucky and Tennessee is the clearest lake around,
Dale Hollow Lake
. These turquoise-transparent waters are perfect for swimming, boating, water skiing, and every other water-based activity that can be done on a lake. There are several marinas with boat rentals and there are houseboats where you can rent a room and enjoy an entire weekend at this stunning spot. It’s a popular getaway for locals and visitors and is surrounded by lodges and restaurants, so you can really make a whole family getaway here.
Dale Hollow Reservoir, Tennessee 38551, USA
7. Chickamauga Lake
is where you can find perhaps the best bass fishing in Tennessee. In fact, several popular fishing tournaments are held here every year. It has 810 miles of shoreline and reaches a depth of 72 feet and the Hiwassee River flows right into it. This gorgeous lake is a reservoir that was created when the Chickamauga Dam was built in 1940. Its proximity to Chattanooga makes it a very popular recreational area with locals.
Chickamauga Lake, Tennessee, USA
8. Davy Crockett Lake
Davy Crockett Lake
is another popular fishing spot in Tennessee with largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, and various species of catfish. It’s actually a very wide part of the Nolichucky River and is bordered by Kinser Park, which has all kinds of recreational activities like baseball fields, waterslides, and a boat ramp. It’s absolutely beautiful and just a short drive from the charming little town of Greeneville. It’s one of the best places to take in the beauty of rural Tennessee.
Davy Crockett Lake, Tennessee 37743, USA
9. South Holston Lake
This gorgeous lake
was named after an early Tennessee settler named Steven Holston and it sits on the edge of the Appalachian Mountains on the border of Tennessee and Virginia. One of many reservoirs that were created in the 1940s, this lake generates power and flood control for the surrounding area and most of it is surrounded by the Cherokee National Forest. You really have to come in the fall when the colors surrounding and reflecting off of the lake create such a spectacular sight.
South Holston Lake, United States
10. Coy Gaithers/Bedford Lake
This may be the last lake on this list, but this list is just a fraction of the multitude of magnificent lakes in Tennessee.
Coy Gaithers/Bedford Lake
is another fantastic fishing spot and some massive fish have been caught here. It has largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, sunfish, and catfish. It’s one of the smaller lakes but is big on beauty. It’s a lovely place to relax and get away from city life and enjoy the calm waters, warm sun, and gentle breezes.
Bedford Lake, Tennessee 37183, USA
Have you been to any of these beautiful lakes in Tennessee? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to come over and join us over at Only in Tennessee and Tennessee Nature Lovers. If you love the natural beauty of this state, you’re sure to love these seven natural wonders in Tennessee.
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