Along the Tennessee River and its many rushing tributaries, dams provide flood control, river navigation and hydropower — as well as ample opportunities for outdoor recreation. Many of these sites boast beaches, overlooks, hiking trails, fishing piers and more.
This summer, in partnership with the Tennessee Valley Authority, we'll be showcasing some of the state's most action-packed dams. All within a day's drive and fun for the whole family, these destinations are sure to be a dam good time.
You'll want to get out in your boat at Pickwick Lake, a popular destination for water skiing, wakeboarding and tubing. It's also great for fishing, especially in the Wilson Dam tailwater at the upper end of the lake, noted for record-size smallmouth bass and catfish. Amenities: Boat launch; camping; fishing pier; open play field; overlook; picnic tables; restrooms; wildlife viewing Distance from downtown Chattanooga: 220 miles