Melton Hill Lake
Melton Hill Lake is surrounded by Anderson, Knox, Roane and Loudon counties in East Tennessee. It covers 5,690 acres, 173 miles of shoreline and runs 57 miles in length from Melton Hill Dam to Norris Lake Dam. The main town you will see is mainly Oak Ridge, but also Clinton, Lenoir City, and also Knoxville. There is lots of shopping in Oak Ridge with a large Kroger Marketplace, Food City, weekly Farmer’s Market, and more. Oak Ridge is part of the Knoxville metro area and is the site of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Y-12 National Security Complex, scientific and technological developments that play crucial roles in the city’s economy and culture in general.
Melton Hill Dam stands 103 feet high. It stretches 1,020 feet across the Clinch River. The reservoir provides nearly 193 miles of shoreline and 5,470 acres of water surface for recreation. Melton Hill is the only dam in the tributary reservoir system with a navigation lock and is considered a run-of-river reservoir, meaning that water is passed through the reservoir without being stored long term. The water level fluctuates about four feet on a daily basis.
If you want to take a break from the water, there is a peaceful 5.6-mile waterfront greenway great for walking, running, and biking. Other family-friendly amenities include a volleyball court, sheltered picnic tables, playground, and pavilion.
5 Interesting Facts about Melton Hill Lake
Named on Yelp’s list of the best 25 places in the US and Canada to get a hot dog. Closed Sundays.
A long-running, old-school pizzeria with checkered tablecloths & a menu of New York-style pies. Only open 4pm-8pm and closed Sundays.
Great Southern Food Simple. Fresh. Always.
Delicious coffee, signature breakfast sandwiches, homemade yogurt, granola, and fresh fruit spreads. Sweet treats and light lunch fare.
Things To Do
697 Melton Lake Dr. Oak Ridge, TN 37830
Located on the eastern edge of Oak Ridge, is also known as one of the best 2,000-meter rowing venues in America, and a peaceful 5.6-mile waterfront greenway great for walking, running, and biking. Volleyball Court, Playground, Boat Ramp, Pavilion for rent.
100 Monterey Rd. Oak Ridge, TN 37830
Offers soccer and softball fields, a playground, and picnic areas. PetSafe Dog Park provides two fenced areas for dogs to play off-leash. The greenway nature trail highlights six points of interest, including river cane bamboo and a beaver dam, that are marked with a written description at the trail head.
The University of Tennessee Arboretum is a 2,260-acre tract of land in Oak Ridge that is headquarters for the UT Forest Resources Research and Education Center. More than 30,000 visitors enjoy the Arboretum’s scenic beauty and educational resources annually.
WHERE SCIENCE COMES TO LIFE! AMSE tells the story of the advances in science and engineering that have occurred in Oak Ridge since the first days of the Manhattan Project. They are a national resource that is proud to be located in east Tennessee, a region that has been and remains on the cutting-edge of scientific innovation. AMSE is a powerful engine of STEAM education and inspiration. With fun, interactive exhibits and programs, every day they tell visitors from the globe exciting, world-changing stories and help explain how our world and universe works.
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