|Shelter||Watauga Lake (CLOSED)|
|Trail Head Distance N||2.4 Miles|
|Trail Head Distance S||1.8 Miles|
|Nearest Medical||Johnson City, TN|
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Note! Shelter is TEMPORARILY closed due to bear activity. Please continue hiking through this area without stopping. No preparation or consumption of food or overnight stays allowed. This closure is effective until further notice. 
A temporary campsite (no water) has been set up at coordinates N36.29847, W82.12701 (NB Mile 426.5) just outside the Pond Mountain Wilderness. Also nearby is Boots Off Hostel along Bear Branch Road on the south side of the closed section.
Otherwise, Watagua Lake Shelter is three-sided with open front and wooden sleeping platform.
On the shore of Watauga Lake between Watauga Dam Road and US321. The shelter is 50 yards uphill off the AT on a blue-blazed side trail.
Return on blue-blazed trail to find stream crossing AT.
- Mar 2011: Bear pole installed by Eagle Scout Seth Douthat.
- 2007: Installed gutter on back and stained outside of shelter
- Mar 1997: New steel roofing was placed over the existing shingles. Material floated over lake!
- 1994: Picnic table installed.
- 1980: Built by US Forest Service.
|Shelter name||Section||Trail distance from Damascus|
|Abingdon Gap Shelter||US421 to Damascus||10.2|
|McQueens Knob Shelter (emergency shelter)||US421 to Damascus||11.7|
|Double Springs Shelter||TN91 to US421||18.5|
|Iron Mountain Shelter||Wilbur Dam Rd to TN91||26.1|
|Vandeventer Shelter||Wilbur Dam Rd to TN91||32.9|
|Watauga Lake Shelter||Dennis Cove Rd to Wilbur Dam Rd||40.1|
|Laurel Fork Shelter||Dennis Cove Rd to Wilbur Dam Rd||48.7|
|Moreland Gap Shelter||US19E to Dennis Cove Rd||57.3|
|Mountaineer Falls Shelter||US19E to Dennis Cove Rd||66.9|
|Overmountain Shelter (Yellow Mountain Barn)||Carver's Gap to US19E||84.9|
|Stan Murray Shelter||Carver's Gap to US19E||86.8|
|Roan High Knob Shelter||Iron Mountain Gap to Carver's Gap||92.0|
|Clyde Smith Shelter||Iron Mountain Gap to Carver's Gap||100.5|
|Cherry Gap Shelter||Indian Grave Gap to Iron Mountain Gap||109.6|
|Curley Maple Gap Shelter||Nolichucky River to Indian Grave Gap||122.4|
|No Business Knob Shelter||Spivey Gap to Nolichucky River||132.9|
Per the 2016 AT Data Book.