As part of its mission of service, TVA manages its public lands and waterways to support recreation so the Tennessee Valley is one of the best places in the country to live, work and PLAY.

TVA recreation areas, trails and undeveloped lands are open year-round with the exception of the following, which are currently closed for maintenance and improvements:

  • Melton Hill Dam Reservation – portion of the left bank tailwater parking lot

Visitor centers at dams remain closed. Restrooms are open with the exception of the following, which are currently closed for maintenance and improvements:

  • Raccoon Mountain – restroom at bottom of mountain, close to plant

Several public land gates and access roads will be closed to motorized vehicles at the following reservoirs during low winter water levels to reduce damage to roadbeds: Boone, Cherokee, Douglas, Hiwassee, Kentucky, Melton Hill, Norris, Nottely and Watts Bar. Please do not block any closed access gates as they may be needed in case of an emergency. All public informal sites will remain open to foot traffic at all times.

Visitors are requested to follow public health guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Executive Order 13991 while enjoying public lands.

Looking to Go Local?

loudoun lake

Are you itching to travel this summer, but aren’t quite sure where you’d like to go or what you’d like to experience? Fortunately, a unique, online map guide curated by locals makes finding these travel gems easy and entertaining.

Other Recreation Opportunities

hunters at sunrise

Recreation on Undeveloped TVA Public Lands

Looking to get away into nature in its rawest form? TVA manages 229,000 acres of undeveloped public lands available for hunting, camping, hiking and birdwatching. Find your own piece of wilderness on our Undeveloped Recreation Map.

man fishing in river

Tailwater Pursuits

TVA dam releases create world-class cold-water fisheries and whitewater paddling opportunities for kayakers and rafters. Here’s a guide to when and where to find them.

volunteers doing trail maintenance

Volunteering at TVA

Be part of our mission of service.