TVA's Boone Reservoir is located on the South Fork Holston River in northeast Tennessee. The reservoir is named after frontiersman Daniel Boone, who played a major role in the history of the area. Legend holds that he escaped pursuing Native Americans by hiding under a waterfall located on Boone’s Creek, a tributary of the Watauga River (which is a tributary to the South Fork Holston River).
In October 2014, a sinkhole was discovered near the base of the earthen embankment at Boone Dam; downhill from the sinkhole, muddy discharge was observed seeping out of the riverbank. TVA engineers are working on stopping the underground seepage caused by flowing groundwater -- project completion is scheduled to be by 2022. The reservoir lake level was lowered and must remain at its current level during the repair to help ensure the safety of downstream residents and workers onsite. For more information about Boone Dam and updates about the repairs visit TVA Dams or the Boone Dam Project webpage, respectively.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power distributors serving more than 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. For more information about TVA and its mission of service to the Tennessee Valley, click here.
The shoreline at Austin Springs, Tennessee, is a popular birding area and is included on Tennessee’s Wildlife Viewing Trail. Wild turkeys are often seen in fields. Otters are frequently seen in the river.
The Overmountain Victory Trail crosses the South Fork Holston River in Bluff City, Tennessee. The trail commemorates the path taken by revolutionary patriots who trekked 330 miles from Abingdon, Virginia, to Kings Mountain, South Carolina. The defeat of the British Army at Kings Mountain in 1780 is considered to be the beginning of the end of the Revolutionary War.
The new Boone Reservoir Day Use Area officially opened on May 21, 2016. It features a white sand beach and swim area along with a new boat ramp, walking trails, a pavilion, picnic tables with grills, fishing pier, a volleyball court and restrooms.
How to Get There
Knoxville to Boone Dam: Take I-40 E to I-81 N to exit 59 (TN-36 S/Fort Henry Drive); turn right onto Fort Henry Drive; turn left on Airport Road (TN-75) and right onto Boone Dam Road.
Boone Dam to Boone Beach and Day Use Area: Take I-40 E to I-81 N to exit 59 (TN-36 S/Fort Henry Drive); turn right onto Fort Henry Drive; turn left on Airport Road (TN-75) and right onto Boone Dam Road then left on Minga Road – Area will be on the right.
Johnson City to Boone Dam: Take I-26 north to exit 13 (Bobby Hicks Highway; TN-75); go east. Stay on TN-75; turn right onto Boone Dam Road.
Johnson City to Boone Beach and Day Use Area: Take I-26 north to exit 13 (Bobby Hicks Highway; TN-75); go east. Stay on TN-75; turn right onto Boone Dam Road then left on Minga Road – Area will be on the right.
Visitor centers, trails, boat ramps, and canoe access points operated by TVA are provided to the public with no fee
ADA Accessibility Notes
ADA accessibility available at fishing pier, walk trails, pavilion, picnic tables, restrooms, water fountain
Pet Friendly Notes
Pets welcome but must be kept on a leash no longer than 6-feet. TVA is a partner of Leave No Trace and requests that visitors follow Leave No Trace practices, including picking up after your pet. Pets are not allowed in the beach area.