Weekend Plans: Camping & Kayaking on Lake Hiwassee

I’ve officially found my new happy place—Lake Hiwassee. A gorgeous mountain lake with very few boats and clean, clear water. This a must visit, go ahead and add it to your weekend plans!

This lake is pretty remote and there are hardly any boats out. This part of the lake doesn’t have much traffic at all, it felt really safe to kayak on a summer day. There are great beaches and banks to hop out for swimming as well.

Intended just as a day of kayaking, this quickly turned into an overnight when we stumbled on a handful of campsites right on the lake. The campsites are all primitive and there are no permits or reservations. You can find the sites off of some unmarked forest service roads to the north of the boat dock (down Michen Branch Rd) . You can see a few other campsites, but they are far enough away from each other that it feels more private than what you’d expect at say, a State Park campground. You can’t beat camping for free right on the water either!

After dinner my husband and I went out for a sunset kayak and saw a BALD EAGLE. It was huge! The eagle flew right over us and we followed it into a cove where we were able to watch it up in a tree for awhile. It was so serene! This lake is a hidden gem and I would HIGHLY recommend a visit soon.

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