Shoreline Miles: 173 miles
Surface Acres: 4,180 acres
Melton Hill Lake is surrounded by a wonderful system of hiking/biking trails and is home to the Oak Ridge Rowing Association’s nationally recognized rowing course. The Melton Hill Venue is used for collegiate and championship regattas including youth and adult masters. Visitors can enjoy year round paddling and excellent fishing along the banks. The waters around the Bull Run Steam Plant produced the state record saugeye and the tailwaters below the dam are also popular with anglers.
Communities in the region include Oak Ridge, home to the Manhattan Project National Park, Wartburg, the only trail town on the Cumberland Trail, and Historic Rugby. Other communities to explore are Clinton and Oliver Springs.
This area also boasts some of the best hiking, ATV, and paddling adventures in the larger region, along with breathe taking scenery. The Obed Wild and Scenic River is popular as a camping, kayaking, and hiking destination. Other adventure sports include rock climbing, ultra-marathons, trout fishing, hunting, horseback riding, and biking. The vast park and trail systems include the Cumberland Trail and the area draws visitors from around the world.