Get Out & Play: Melton Lake Park

Carol EvansUncategorized

There’s a lot to love about Melton Lake Park– and the Oak Ridge community knows it! Bordered by the mountain ridges that give Oak Ridge its name, Melton Lake Park is adjacent to the Manhattan Project National Park. The park offers recreation for anyone with water access, waterside playground area, and plenty of open space for romping around and enjoying family and friends.

The park features 173 miles of shoreline and more than 30 miles of well-sheltered and calm water – perfect for paddling. That’s not just our opinion – Melton Lake is known as one of the best 2,000-meter rowing venues in America. During the spring, you will likely see some of the best rowing teams in the country training there. If you want to watch the training, there is a large spectator area for a shady view of the head and sprint race finish areas. Check out the training schedule here.

Manhattan Project National Historical Park is rich in history. You could spend hours upon hours researching, learning and diving deep into the history of this site that tells the story of the people, events, science and engineering that led to the creation of the atomic bomb, which helped end World War II. Or you can experience some of the history first hand by joining the free event at 10 a.m. Friday, April 6. The Ride with a Ranger bike tour will begin at Elza Gate Park and continue on Melton Lake Greenway. The ride will pause at several stops along the way for opportunities to discuss important historical landmarks. For more information, click here.

Check the event calendar at to find upcoming events at Melton Lake Park.


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