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Recreation

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
  • The boat ramp and parking lot at the Raccoon Mountain Pumped Storage Facility are closed until mid-May 2022.

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

TVA will be opening several of its dispersed recreational area gates and access roads that were closed to motorized vehicles during the winter for the 2022 recreation season. TVA is looking to reopen all areas in April; however, some gates may remain closed until summer reservoir levels are reached to protect resources.

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.