Living on the Lakes
Situated near Vonore, southeast of Knoxville, Tellico Lake occupies an ideal space of natural peace with easy access to a more
metropolitan lifestyle. A 16,500-acre reservoir with 373 miles of
shoreline, the lake is popular with fishermen for its more than
50 species of fish and also with hikers and birders, who enjoy
the East Lakeshore Trail with its 23 miles of walking trails. The
trails are even accessible in three places by boat. Also off the lake
are Fort Loudon State Park and Loudon Municipal Park.
Among the communities on Tellico Lake is Tellico Village,
a waterfront residential development with a golf course, three
marinas, and 630 boat slips. Spacious lakefront single-family
homes as well as condominiums and townhouses are available
for sale, or prospective residents can buy a lot and build their
Another option is Wind River, home to Tennessee’s first
Audubon Signature golf course that occupies five miles of shoreline with a private harbor and full-service marina.
For some urban culture, head into Knoxville, the largest city
in East Tennessee. The city is well-known in the South for its
music scene, which includes regular performances by nationally
known artists at the historic Tennessee Theatre on Gay Street
and the proliferation of music clubs all around downtown. More
than a few big names in the industry had roots in the city’s musical culture, from the Everly Brothers to Flatt and Scruggs. And
if you want to get a quick taste of the importance of music to
Knoxville culture, just stop by the WDVX studio on Gay Street
on any given day at noon to see live performances by area bands.
Hit Market Square for a variety of restaurants, including the
scrumptious hand-tossed pizza at Tomato Head, or head to the
riverfront, and check out the fried catfish and fried green toma-toes at Calhoun’s.
Watts Bar Lake
A little further west of Knoxville is the community of Kingston, situated on one of TVA’s largest bodies of water—Watts Bar
Lake. The 39,000-acre lakes has almost 780 miles of shoreline.
There are several retirement communities on Watts Bar, including Ladd Landing, an 800-acre development with single-family homes, condominiums, and villas available. Lakefront lots
are dockable, and the community also has a number of ridge
top lots with 360-degree views. Dockable lots are also available
at Lakefront Estates in Spring City, which has a community marina, clubhouse, and walking trails.
And while Watts Bar Lake is within an hour of both Knoxville and Chattanooga, good eats are available close by at Jacob
Myers Restaurant on the River in Dayton. In fact, patrons can