4/07/2014

Fontana Dam


Fontana Dam is actually just at the boundary of the Great Smoky Mountains, in NC.  It was built during WWII, and a village developed.  The "village" is now a resort.  The Appalachian Trail crosses at the Dam, greeting hikers with a place to take a shower.  In fact, it has the nickname of "Fontana Hilton".  It is also a place where the hikers can arrange for a drop of supplies.
The actual Dam is the highest dam east of the Rockies.  Since it is a resort, there are plenty of activities available:  rafting, camping, cabins, disc golf, swimming, biking, and fishing.
For more information, click here for the visitor's center, or here for the resort.


7 comments:

  1. We drive through the Smokies as we travel from Knoxville to Asheville on our way to Hilton Head. I wonder how far we are from Fontana Dam ... it sounds like it would make a nice side trip.

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  2. Okay, I've never seen this one. Didn't even know it was in the area. Guess what we'll be checking out next time we go (hopefully this summer or fall.)

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  3. Wow, it is impressive. Would love to see it someday. I've only been to the Hoover Dam which is pretty amazing too.

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  4. I've never been. How long is the drive?

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  5. One of these days, I want to go to the Smokie Mountains! One of these days...

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  6. I bet the hikers enjoy a chance to get a place to take a shower! I like looking at dams; its amazing too to read the history of how some were made; like one in Wyoming that took years to build because the weather was so bad.

    betty

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