Appalachian Trail: Tennessee State Route 91 to Watauga Dam is a 15.1 mile point-to-point trail located near Butler, Tennessee that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking.
Excellent section of AT with a lot of up and down along the ridge line
Attempted the trail from Butler. Directions to turn on Piercetown and continue on Wilderness dr. Well Wilderness dr is now Bear Ridge dr. and it is a gated community.
If anyone knows an alternate route to get to the Butler trailhead I would like to know.
My 10 year old son and I hiked this trail on Good Friday. This was his first point to point trail. It was a good, fairly easy trail. Good for a first point to point. The views were amazing.
My husband and I hiked this trail and it was amazing! It was fairly easy but did have a few elevation gains.
Went thru here as part of section hike. Gorgeous area, always loved Watauga Lake. Shook Branch recreation area is a nice stop, with rest rooms, chlorinated potable water, etc.
Lots of good camping areas on the AT on both sides of the Watauga Dam.
make sure you Zero day at watauga lake.. its awesome!