Watts Bar Lake Homes for Sale

Real Estate Around Watts Bar Lake


The construction of Watts Bar Dam was completed in 1942 to provide much needed power during the war effort. It created a reservoir of nearly 40,000 acres that has become a popular vacation destination and favorite fishing spot.

The Watts Bar are is also a wonderful place to live, located midway between Knoxville and Chattanooga in Kingston and Rockwood. There are about 6,000 people living near Watts Bar, with many more vacationing here throughout the year. Fishing is best from April to June, and water sports are enjoyed on Watts Bar all summer.

Things to Do near Watts Bar

Watts Bar itself is a destination, with some of the best fishing in the state and plenty of space for swimming, kayaking, and water sports. There are campsites with full RV hookups for those looking to vacation right on the lake, and plenty or picnic areas, walking trails, and peaceful places to enjoy the scenery.

Visit the Roane County Museum of History & Archives to learn more about the heritage of the area, and how Watts Bar played a crucial role in supporting the war effort as is was completed just weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Stop by Blue Springs Crow's Next Restaurant, a full service bar and restaurant on Watts Bar serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner with views of the water. Dine inside or out on the deck, with live music and karaoke on special occasions.

Dine at Caramella Bistro, arriving by car or by boat. The gourmet restaurant has been known to hold cooking classes, inviting guests behind the scenes. Reservations are required, but worth the extra effort to enjoy the delicious menu and perfect service.

Kingston's annual 4th of July celebration is something you won't want to miss. Smokin' the Water July 4th Festival is a family-friendly, fun-filled day that takes place each year on the banks of Watts Bar. Vendors offering food and crafts set up all day, and the community enjoys live music, homemade raft races, boat parade, bbq cook-off and doggie pageant. The event is free and open to the public, starting July 3rd with an evening boat parade.

When the weather is nice, but you aren't in the mood for the lake, visit Roane County Park. The family friendly and pet friendly park features a swimming area, splash pad, 18-hole disc golf, 1.5 mile paved walking trail, tennis courts, fishing pier, covered picnic shelters, playgrounds, baseball field, and more.

During the summer, Boy Scouts enjoy Camp Buck Toms, located in a private cove of Watts Bar. With nearly 50 merit badges to earn, campers learn scouting, venturing, and wilderness skills.

Don't forget that Great Smoky Mountains National Park features over 850 miles of hiking trails, with something to accommodate every skill level and is just a short drive away.

Schools near Watts Bar

Students living near Watts Bar attend public schools that are a part of Roane County School District. They are highly rated, with a reputation for good test scores and excellent teachers. There are also a limited number of private religious schools in the area.

Watts Bar Real Estate

Kingston is ranked among the top ten places to buy a house in the Knoxville area, based on an assessment of property values, taxes, home ownership rates, and housing trends. Rockwood is also a great market for buying lakefront real estate, with affordable housing prices and buildable lots available. You can find a home near Watts Bar beginning under $200,000, with buildable lots under $50,000.

To find out more about buying a home near Watts Bar Lake, contact us today! With the right team on your side, you can enjoy your ideal property in the Knoxville area. Search all Knoxville real estate here. 

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