Hotel at a Glance: Eagle Cove Resort & Marina
Tennessee may be landlocked, but it doesn't feel so in Byrdstown, a small town near the Kentucky border. It sits on the shores of Dale Hollow Lake, a sprawling reservoir with 620 miles of shoreline spread across two states. Eagle Cove Resort & Marina boasts its own swath of shore, providing easy access to the lake for those looking to fish, boat, or swim.
- Homelike amenities: Most cabins come with lake views, fully equipped kitchens, decks with gas grills, and porch swings. One even has a hot tub.
- Outdoor fire pits provide a tranquil place to stargaze.
- Boat rentals: Head to the full-service marina to rent a houseboat, pontoon, ski boat, kayak, or standup paddleboard.
- Kid-friendly activities: A playground, giant checkerboard, and basketball and volleyball courts keep little ones entertained.
Byrdstown, Tennessee: Outdoor Recreation on Dale Hollow Lake
One of Byrdstown's most defining features is its proximity to Dale Hollow Lake, a sprawling, multi-fingered lake that straddles the Kentucky-Tennessee border. In summer, the freshwater lake reaches bathwater temperatures—an inviting 80 degrees, on average—and visitors flock to the area to take advantage of it. Many rent houseboats and use them to cruise the lake's coves and narrow inlets; there are several restaurants and swimming beaches to visit as well.
If you prefer to stay on land, head to Cordell Hull Birthplace State Historic Park to see the refurbished log cabin where Hull, the longest-serving US secretary of state, was born in 1871. Be sure to take a stroll on the Bunkum Cave Loop Trail, where you can glimpse the entrance to the cave where Hull's father brewed moonshine in the 1800s.