Melton Hill Dam and campground
Site Directions: The dam and campground is located just north of I-40 at exit 364. Travel north from I-40 for less than a mile and turn right following signs towards the dam.
Lat: 35.88373°N Long: -84.300671°W
Hours: daylight hours (unless you are camping)
Seasonality: year round
Fees: none, except for camping
Site Description: The dam area has multiple access areas to the river, above and below the dam. There is a 0.9 mi trail through mixed pine and hardwood forests. There are nice viewing areas of the lake from the campground.
Wildlife to Watch: In winter, look for waterfowl and Bonaparte's Gulls. The pine woods of the campground have Brown-headed Nuthatches. General woodland birding is good year round. Bald Eagles may be seen year round. Wild Turkeys can be heard gobbling across the lake in spring.
For more information:
Tennessee Valley Authority - Melton Hill Dam
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