Melton Hill Reservoir has a nationally recognized rowing course and is a spring training site for collegiate teams from throughout the eastern United States. The reservoir has hosted a number of national championships.
Melton Hill Reservoir is on the Clinch River in East Tennessee. It extends almost 57 miles upstream from Melton Hill Dam to Norris Dam. The dam and reservoir take their name from a high knob located about two miles from the dam. On this hill is a mapping station established in 1884 by the U.S. Coast Guard and Geodetic Survey.
The area around Melton Hill offers year-round camping plus sheltered picnic tables and pavilions. Two boat ramps—one below the dam and one above—give boaters access to Watts Bar Reservoir as well as Melton Hill Reservoir. Roads on both sides of the river are popular for walking, jogging, or bike riding. Game fish in the reservoir include sauger, crappie, and bass.
Melton Hill Reservoir extends the reach of barge traffic 38 miles up the Clinch River to Clinton, Tenn., making the area attractive to industries that rely on this mode of transportation.
Find this unstaffed visitor center southwest of Knoxville. From I-40, take the Lenoir City exit and head west until you see the Melton Hill Sustainable Demonstration sign, then turn right onto the reservation. From I-75, take the Melton Hill exit and bear right off the ramp, and turn right at the Melton Hill Sustainable Demonstration sign. Follow signs to the overlook.