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TVA Nottely Dam and Reservoir

Natural Area, Lake, River, or Waterfall

Hiking trails, boat ramps, canoe access, and beautiful scenery await at this TVA recreation area just outside Blairsville, Georgia.

ADA Accessibility Notes

No ADA accessibility available at Nottely Dam and Reservoir

Nottely Reservoir is on the southeastern edge of the Tennessee River watershed, amidst the mountains and valleys of the Chattahoochee National Forest in the northwest corner of Georgia. The reservoir serves a number of purposes including power generation, flood damage reduction and recreation. The area was home to many smaller Native American settlements and farmsteads before the removal of the Cherokee in 1838.

For more information about TVA's dams visit

The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power distributors serving more than 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. For more information about TVA and its mission of service to the Tennessee Valley, click here.

How to Get There

From Chattanooga: Take I-75 N and US-64 E/US-74 E to GA-325 S in Union County; turn right onto GA-325 S to dam on the left

From Asheville: Follow I-40 W and US-74 W to GA-325 S in Union County; turn right onto GA-325 S to dam on the left

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets welcome but must be kept on a leash no longer than 6-feet. TVA is a partner of Leave No Traceand requests that visitors follow Leave No Trace practices, including picking up after your pet.

Recreational Opportunities

The 2.5 mile long Nottely Dam Trail offers mountain bikers and hikers views of wildlife and wildflowers. A shorter trail, the mile long Nottely Tailwater Trail, takes hikers down to the Nottely River and picnic area below the dam; hikers can make a loop using the access road. Visit TVA's Trails webpage for more information.

Opportunities for camping along Nottely’s shoreline are available, as well as boating access and boat rentals.


Seasons Accessible

All Seasons



Visitor centers, trails, boat ramps, and canoe access points operated by TVA are provided to the public with no fee

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