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Home to some of the best bass fishing in Tennessee, Tims Ford Lake is located just outside of Winchester.
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) created the lake in the late 1960’s with the construction of the Tims Ford Dam, which is located in Franklin County. The dam is 175 feet high and stretches 1,580 feet across the Elk River. The water level rises an average of 15 feet in a normal year. A hydroelectric plant generates energy for the TVA grid.
Long before the construction of Tims Ford Dam on the headwaters of the Elk River, the area was used extensively by the Indians as a hunting and fishing territory. Archaeological excavations uncovered numerous artifacts and occupational sites, indicating that man had occupied the area as much as 10,000 to 12,000 years ago.
There are several public boat ramps on the lake located inside Franklin County. The lake boasts some of the areas best year round fishing with a substantial yield of bluegill, small and large-mouth bass, catfish and crappie.
Tims Ford State Park is located just over the Moore County, Franklin County line. Twenty cabins are available for rent year round and the park offers a pool, playground, campsite, picnic pavilions and volleyball. There are 27 miles of hiking trails including a wildflower trail, shoreline trail, bicycle trail and the Lost Creek Overlook. It also boasts the Bear Trace at Tims Ford, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course.
The park is located on Mansford Road (off Highway 50) just 10 miles from historic Lynchburg. For more information, call (931) 962-1183.