The 10 Best Things to Do in Butler, United States

August 5, 2017 Viva Honore

Butler is an unincorporated community in Johnson County in the northeastern corner of the U.S. state of Tennessee. It is located along the northern shore of Watauga Lake. Butler is served by a post office, assigned ZIP Code 37640.
Restaurants in Butler

1. Watauga Lake Winery

6952 Big Dry Run Rd, Butler, TN 37640-7400 +1 423-768-0345
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5 based on 54 reviews

Watauga Lake Winery

Watauga Lake Winery, located in the historic Big Dry Run Schoolhouse, offers wine tasting of locally grown and produced wines. The winery also offers a selection of fine cheeses and gifts. Tours are available. Open seasonally (April -December), Thursday-Saturday 11am to 6pm, Sunday 1pm to 5pm.

Reviewed By robertdtn - Crossville, Tennessee

Watauga Lake Winery is located in a holler on Butler, TN. The location is a renovated old elementary school house. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable. They were busy but took time to talk with all customers. They offer some great wines, named after locations in the region. We loved the Cracker Neck, as did many others. It was a great stop on the High Country Wine Trail.

2. Red Tail Mountain Golf Club

300 Clubhouse Ln, Mountain City, TN 37683-3000 +1 423-727-7600
Excellent
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4.5 based on 80 reviews

Red Tail Mountain Golf Club

RedTail Mountain is located just a quick 20 minute drive from Boone North Carolina on 421N. Designed by Dan and Ellis Maples RedTail Mountain has some of the Finest Mountain golf in the High Country. Offering a challenge to all level of golfers with over 400 feet in elevation change you will discover great mountain vistas and abundant wildlife . The Lodges at RedTail Mountain offer one, two or three bedroom condos that will satisfy the most discriminating traveler. For your dining pleasure enjoy great food using the finest and freshest organic ingredients at either of our restaurants , The Hub for lighter fare, and Vistas for a more upscale dining experience. (see restaurant hours). Both venues offer excellent service and unparalleled views.

Reviewed By Oldcitygirl - St. Augustine, Florida

We ate at the club restaurant 2-3 times in the week we were in the area visiting with friends. The food was so very good-I look forward to eating there again when in the area. I treated a group of four to a lite dinner without drinks for $75 that included 3 crab cake appetizers, a seafood chowder and a marinated sirloin dinner plus another item.
Highly recommended for any thing they serve....all yummy from salads to desserts to drinks! Oh, did I say the view is delightful? It is.

3. Watauga Lake

Hampton, TN
Excellent
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4.5 based on 84 reviews

Watauga Lake

Reviewed By Catherine T - Concord, North Carolina

We drove over from Roan Mountain looking for a place to picnic and put our Kayak in. The 2 public areas were really nice. Peaceful and a beautiful view

4. Elk Falls, North Carolina

Elk River Road, Elk Park, NC
Excellent
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4.5 based on 46 reviews

Elk Falls, North Carolina

Reviewed By Gary A

The reason I give this only 2 stars is not because it’s not gorgeous - it’s truly magnificent. The reason is the condition I found the area. Remember the 1970’s pollution commercial with the crying Native American looking at the liter all over the ground? Well, he’d be bawling his eyes out at this place. It’s quite obviously a party spot, because beer cans and trash are all over the place. No respect for the beauty and majesty of the place whatsoever. It’s quite sickening. At the very least, they could place some large trash barrels out and regularly empty them. It’s a disgrace the condition this place was in.

That said, the river and the waterfall are stunningly gorgeous, and worth the effort to drive out to experience. It’s kinda creepy though alone given that it’s a party spot. Best to go with a crowd. I didn’t like the vibe.

5. Wautauga Lake

Watauga Reservoir, Butler, TN 37640
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5 based on 23 reviews

Wautauga Lake

Reviewed By schizoozy - Butler, Tennessee

This man-made lake sits high in the mountains of North East Tennessee. There are several marinas offering docking and boat rentals. There are free boat launch areas as well. There are swimming areas, picnic areas and camping areas around the lake shore.

6. Off the Grid Adventures

191 Fish Springs Rd, Fish Springs Marina, Hampton, TN 37658-3904 +1 423-768-2336
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5 based on 13 reviews

Off the Grid Adventures

Reviewed By MissMinnow - Tennessee

We rented a canoe to paddle around on Watauga Lake. The staff was very friendly. The rental cost included life jackets & paddles. We asked if they had seat cushions to attach to the hard seats. They provided us with a pair of cushions that also had seat backs! (They were also included in the rental cost.) I highly recommend getting those added if you're planning on a full day excursion.

7. Watauga Kayak

1409 Broad St, Elizabethton, TN 37643-6129
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5 based on 103 reviews

Watauga Kayak

Watauga Kayak provides Guided Whitewater Rafting trips for families, groups, teens, couples, and small children. We also offer guided River and Lake Kayaking trips, guided cave trips. We have a trip for any age and ability. We also offer ECO tours & Nature/Wildlife Tours without the fear of whitewater or falling in. RENTALS available Sunday Trips are by Reservation Only. Book online or Call We are locally owned and operated. Watauga River a class I & II whitewater river.

Reviewed By togojjh - Charlotte, North Carolina

These friendly folks treat customers like family. Cheerful and professional guides make this swift water trip fun, safe, and enjoyable. Suitable for every age due to the class 1-2 rapids, cold water, and amenities. Rafts are stocked with water and snacks. Cameras are provided for guests. Pictures are emailed promptly. All this included in the very reasonable price of $48. The guides are locals, not transients, who care about the customers' experience. The owners are immersed in the float trip from check in, boat launch, mid river on-shore breaks, take out to emailing pictures. An annual experience for sure!

8. Butler Museum

123 Selma Curtis Rd., Butler, TN +1 423-768-3880
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5 based on 11 reviews

Butler Museum

Reviewed By frankUnicoi - Unicoi

Rolling Thunder Tn. 4 did a flag raising and a missing man chair dedication at the museum. Old town Butler was relocated to its present site to allow the building of thw Watauga Dam, which was the largest earthen dam in the country The Butler Museum is full of items & pictures from the old days. Packed FULL of GREAT N.E. Tennessee history! You will love this place!

9. Appalachian Underground

105 John Sheffield Dr, Elizabethton, TN 37643-6117
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5 based on 158 reviews

Appalachian Underground

This is the BIG ADVENTURE you are looking for. We provide everything you need to explore underground. This is a wild cave tour. You will get wet and you will get muddy. Reservations are required.

Reviewed By ayachama - Charlotte, North Carolina

Sorry for very late review, we did underground caving tour more than an year back. Being an international visitor I was worried about exploring new places that fills my thrill. But the staff who organized our tour was very warm and welcoming. Their knowledge about the caves on the private property was impeccable. If you want to experience natural caving experience which is not commercialized I would recommend this for you.

10. South Holston Dam

Holston View Dam Road, Off Highway 421, Bristol, TN
Excellent
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4.5 based on 78 reviews

South Holston Dam

Reviewed By scoutdreams - Estero, FL

We stopped here for a picnic lunch and ate by the river near where they oxidize the water and they had just released water from the dam upstream. That was cool to see the water rise and the man made water diffusing falls become louder. We then went up to the dam and that was super impressive. There is a little building at the top of the dam with quite a lot of information on the dam and area. Worth a stop.

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