Outdoors Made Accessible

TVA has made accessibility a priority at the recreation areas it manages so that all Valley residents can get outdoors and enjoy the facilities, regardless of age or ability.

Each year millions of people enjoy the 293,000 acres of public land and 650,000 acres of water that TVA maintains for recreational purposes. Because TVA holds dear the dual missions of safety and service, it has upgraded picnic sites at 24 of its reservoirs to make them universally accessible. Why? Because we want all the citizens of the Valley to enjoy TVA lands and waters, regardless of age or ability.

According to the CDC, around 32 million Americans have some type of “physical functioning difficulty”—and we want them to feel welcome on TVA property, whether they live in the Tennessee Valley, or may be just passing through.

Since 2005, TVA has completed universally accessible upgrades to over 60 campsites, fishing berms/piers, boat ramps, parking lots and restrooms across the Valley. All upgrades are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.

The sites upgraded this year include:

  • Blue Ridge
  • Chatuge
  • Cherokee*
  • Douglas*
  • Fontana
  • Fort Patrick Henry
  • Foster Falls
  • Guntersville
  • Hiwassee
  • Melton Hill*
  • Muscle Shoals
  • Nickajack
  • Norris
  • Nottely
  • Parksville
  • Preston Island
  • Shell Mound
  • South Holston
  • Swan Pond
  • Tellico
  • Watauga*
  • Watts Bar
  • Wilson
  • Wilbur

Most of our picnic areas are free and available on a first come, first served basis; others allow reservation for a fee. Read more about TVA's picnic and day-use recreation areas here. And click here to learn more about TVA’s many opportunities for recreation on Veterans Day—or any day.

* Indicates campgrounds that allow picnic pavilion reservations in exchange for a fee.