Roane County/Travel South Magazine

Roane County, Tennessee

Roane County

Located in the heart of East Tennessee, Roane County features the best in lake living, live music & life-changing history. Home to Watts Bar Lake, this 39,000-acre recreational paradise is a favorite for water sports and fishing alike. With low-traffic, water levels fluctuating only five feet between seasons, and three unique tributaries making up the waterway, a multitude of activities can be enjoyed year-round.

Off the water, there are over 17,000 acres of public parks and wildlife areas that include 60 miles of paved or marked trails, 10 lakeside parks, 5 campgrounds, 5 golf courses, 2 disc golf courses, a splash pad and an observatory.

History buffs enjoy the chance to explore Fort Southwest Point (Tennessee’s only pioneer-era fort standing on its original location), walk the cobblestone streets of Cornstalk Heights Historic District, the first planned community, to view hundreds of grand Victorian homes and learn how Roane County played a role in WWII’s Manhattan Project that changed the world forever.

After a full day of activity, there are many opportunities to kick back and relax with live music and local food. Enjoy bluegrass music at Bradbury Community Club or instrumental classics by the Babahatchie Community Band. Many intimate venues offer a laid-back vibe to enjoy local musicians most weekends. In addition, area restaurants offer a taste of whatever you’re craving from southern biscuits and gravy to local craft beer.

Festivals here are filled with toe-tapping music, delicious fare & a hometown spirit like no other. In the Spring, Roane is home to the Thunder Road Festival & Tennessee Medieval Faire while summer and fall focus in on Gizmo Jam, the Fruit Cobbler Festival, Smokin’ the Water July 4th Festival & the October Sky Festival. Every winter you can celebrate the season with the Fort’s Colonial Christmas Tour & Christmas home tours.