North Carolina, United States
Fontana Dam Reviews
Damm What a Dam Jun 13, 2010
Fontana Dam he highest dam east of the Rocky Mountains, Fontana is on the Little Tennessee River in western North Carolina, just north of the Kickstand Lodge On N.C. Hwy 28.
Fontana Reservoir occupies a site of particular splendor deep in the Great Smoky Mountains. Fishing, boating, and swimming are all popular in the Fontana area.
The Appalachian Trail, which extends over 2,000 miles from Georgia to Maine, crosses the top of Fontana Dam. The hot showers available at the trail shelter maintained by TVA have led grateful hikers to dub it the Fontana Hilton. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park borders the reservoir to the north.
I meet a few of the hikers at the Fontana Village welcome center, all had very large backpacks, funny hats & they were Young VERY YOUNG. They were doing the whole trail, walking Thank god for the Road king.
Fontana was built during World War II to provide electric power for the war effort. A new town, housing some 5,000 people who worked around the clock in three shifts, sprang up in the forest, and the project broke construction records. What was once the construction village is now a resort offering recreational activities such as boating, horseback riding, and crafts making.
The Fontana Dam Visitor Center is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily from May through November. It will be closed when the homeland security alert level is high (orange) or higher
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