Thursday, January 12, 2012

Watauga Lake WIlbur Dam

The rushing water at Wilbur Dam is really something to see. The blue green color of the water is as distinctive as the place is beautiful. As captivating as the scene is, being closer to the water at Wilbur Dam probably would not be a good idea. I think that I'll leave the waterfront to the geese in the photo.

Speaking of the geese... This shot was taken with my FujiFilm camera.  The huge 18X superzoom gets some spectacular photos. This picture was taken from the same spot as the one below. Pretty amazing stuff huh?

But, I digress. You came here out of interest of the Wilbur Dam on Watauga Lake. You will pass this on the way to the much larger Watauga Dam.

Both dams are surrounded by the Cherokee National Forest. Fishing, hiking (and dams) are popular activities.

When it was originally built in 1912, Wilbur Dam had two units that generated hydroelectricity but another one had to be added a few years later. TVA acquired it in 1945 and installed the fourth hydroelectric unit.

Both dams are close to the Watauga Lake Recreation Area. The camgpground offers electrical hook-ups on most sites. There is also a picnic shelter and playground.

One of the trailheads for the Appalachian Trail is directly on the road. Lined parking spaces make it easy to park your car and explore the trail. A shelter the Appalachian Trail is about 2 miles away from the parking area.

The Wilbur Dam and the Watauga Dam are close to Elizabethton, TN. The Visitor Center for Elizabethton and Carter County can provide plenty of brochures and information. It's an important stop in the area.

The city walking tour is another interesting activity. Hubby and I enjoyed our getaway to this area very much. Everyone was friendly.  I wouldn't want to miss something as cool as the Wilbur Dam. There is so much to do that it would be easy to miss something fun and interesting. If you have been to this area let me know. Your comments below are always welcome here.

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