Surrounded by the Nantahala and Cherokee National Forests, Hiwassee and the adjacent Apalachia Reservoir serve as a rich habitat for deer, wild turkey, and other animals. Below Hiwassee Dam, a day-use park on Apalachia Reservoir provides access to boating, fishing, and exploring the reservoir and its tributaries. The Hiwassee is exceptionally beautiful and well suited for canoeing, rafting, and learning the basics of whitewater boating. The flow of water in the reservoir comes from deep below the surface and is chilly, even in the summer. In addition to recreation, Hiwassee Reservoir serves a number of other purposes, including flood damage reduction and power generation.
Multiple boat ramps are available on Hiwassee Lake.
Auto/motorcycle touring is permitted.
Primitive camping is available at the Hanging Dog Recreation Area.
A day-use park on Apalachia Reservoir provides access to fishing.
The Dam itself was constructed between 1936 and 1940 by the Tennessee Valley Authority as part of Roosevelt's New Deal policy.
Horseback riding is permitted.
Contact park regarding hunting rules and regulations.
Multiple picnic shelters are available around the lake.
The Hiwassee is exceptionally beautiful and well suited for canoeing, rafting, and learning the basics of whitewater boating.
From Chattanooga, go north on 1-75 take exit 20, Highway 64 East. Follow 64E to Ducktown, take Highway 68 North then go right on 294 to Hiwassee Dam.