Description - The area around Melton Hill offers year-round camping plus sheltered picnic tables and pavilions. Two boat ramps, one below the dam and one above, give boaters access to Watts Bar Reservoir as well as Melton Hill Reservoir. Roads on both sides of the river are great for walking, jogging, or bike riding. Game fish in the reservoir include sauger, crappie, and bass.
The dam and reservoir take their name from a high knob located about two miles from the dam. On this hill is a triagulation station established in 1884 by the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey for use in mapping the area.
Melton Hill Reservoir extends the reach of barge traffic 38 miles up the Clinch River to Clinton, Tennessee, making the area attractive to industries that rely on this mode of transportation.
- This is a self-service campground (865-986-8329). There are 56 campsites with improvements underway to provide 33 with water and electric hookups; 7 with water, electric, and sewer service; and 16 without hookups. This campground also has rest rooms with heated showers and flush toilets, dump station, multipurpose court, picnic tables with grills, group pavilion available by reservation, swimming beach, boat ramp above and below the dam, lake fishing, bird-watching.Melton Hill Dam Reservation Trail descends 0.9 miles from the dam overlook to the lakeshore through a hardwood forest filled with wildflowers and diverse wildlife.
The picnic pavilions have the following amenities: (1) electrical outlet with (2) plug ins at all 3 pavilions, no lighting under the pavilions but the street lights light up all 3 pavilions well, (6) tables that will seat 48 people at all 3 pavilions, (1) large charcoal grill at each pavilion, pavilion # 2 is the only handicap accessible, restrooms near by (about 300 feet) at pavilions #1 and 2 and about (50 feet) at pavilion # 3, # 3 is the only pavilion near the beach area and boat ramp, paved parking lot, water is furnished at pavilion #1 and 2 (about 20 feet away), no water provided at pavilion #3, pavilion #1 has horseshoe stakes, pavilion # 3 has a basketball goal, and there is no other equipment for activities at the pavilions.
Recreation - The area around Melton Hill offers year-round camping plus sheltered picnic tables and pavilions. Two boat ramps, one below the dam and one above, give boaters access to Watts Bar Reservoir as well as Melton Hill Reservoir. Roads on both sides of the river are great for walking, jogging, or bike riding. Game fish in the reservoir include sauger, crappie, and bass.
Climate - Tennessee has a temperate climate with short, mild winters. The average annual snowfall for the state is 12 inches. Spring comes in early March bringing flowering trees and shrubs, and warmer weather. Spring temperatures average between 45 and 70 degrees. Summer's full force arrives in the region by mid May, bringing warm weather and higher humidity. The mountains of eastern Tennessee are a great place to escape the hot summer temperatures as the higher elevation cools the air slightly. Cool fall temperatures bring crisp air and brilliant fall colors. Mid to late October is a good time to visit the region to experience the fall foliage.
Melton Hill Reservoir is on the Clinch River in east Tennessee. It extemds almost 57 miles upstream from Melton Hill Dam to Norris Dam.
From Interstate 40 take exit 364, go 2 miles north on Highway 95, then follow signs east to Melton Hill Dam Reservation.