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Site MSH07: Washington County Park - South Holston Lake
Elevation: 1739 ft. Washington County Park is a popular destination for campers and fishermen along the western shore of South Holston Lake. The park provides lake access and spectacular views that stretch across the lake into Tennessee. The campground is a relatively open mixture of old white pine and eastern hemlock. The lakeshore has a denser mix of shrubby oaks. Be careful of the healthy population of poison ivy!! Productive almost year-round, look for breeding birds in summer and numerous shorebirds and waterfowl during migration and winter. Summer breeding birds around the campground include the typical woodland songbirds and woodpeckers. The sheer number of shorebirds and waterfowl that congregate on the lake during migration and winter will awe visitors. Those interested in reptiles have to look no further than the surrounding woods which host a variety of snakes including black rat and black racer. The lake itself is home to eastern painted turtle and snapping turtle.
From TVA Access Area — Mouth of Wolf Creek — South Holston Lake, travel west on Rt. 644 for 2.9 miles to County Park Road. Turn left and continue 0.3 miles to the campground and boat landing.