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Fontana Dam & Visitors Center

71 Fontana Dam Rd, Fontana Dam (off Hwy 28), Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC 28733
+1 828-498-2234
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Beautiful views and interesting history

This is an amazing piece of engineering done by TVA during World War II. It provides remarkable... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
AmeliaNYCarea
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Asheville, North Carolina
You will be impressed!

Did not realize that this was 2nd in size to the Hoover Dam. Educational visitor center. Sad the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
DonPhyllis
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Forsyth, Georgia
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71 Fontana Dam Rd, Fontana Dam (off Hwy 28), Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC 28733
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+1 828-498-2234
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an amazing piece of engineering done by TVA during World War II. It provides remarkable amount of electricity produced clean with little cost. The visitor's center has interesting displays and information and questions are answered by informed volunteers who delight in answering all...More

Thank AmeliaNYCarea
Reviewed 1 week ago

Did not realize that this was 2nd in size to the Hoover Dam. Educational visitor center. Sad the gift shop was closed the day we visited. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Gorgeous views. Seeing the engineering of this was spectacular. Sharing photos.

Thank DonPhyllis
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Dam is an impressive structure and one of the TVA dams. But there are several beautiful views and picnic areas nearby, too. This was a lovely area to explore. Would definitely recommend checking it out. It was also so interesting that the Appalachian Trail...More

Thank eightwednesday
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Be sure to go to the bottom and top of this dam. You will not believe the amazing construction. The top of the dam is actually on the Appalachian Trail. In fact, they have showers for the hikers here and the hikers call it the...More

Thank Showme_10
Reviewed 13 April 2017

Had wanted to see Fontana Dam because it was where Harrison Ford's character supposedly jumped from when cornered by Tommy Lee Jones in The Fugitive. Not only that, but it is just plain impressive at more than 450 above the river. We had visited the...More

Thank Paul S
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

Take a short side trip through edge of Smokies to see this amazing dam. Then stop at Look Rock for views of the mountains that rival Clingmans Dome. The dam is very cool...you can drive from base to the top in just a few short...More

Thank 402MichelleK402
Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

Great place to stop and stretch your legs when coming through the Nantahala Forest. The heights of Dam and beauty of the lake is amazing. Lots of interesting information and a memorable experience

Thank Haddix
Reviewed 9 January 2017

loved riding there,scenery, was awesome.we liked sitting there and enjoying the view.the sights of the way people camped close was nice

Thank Lori N
Reviewed 7 January 2017

When crossing the dam you are on the Appalachian Trail. It was cool to walk that very small portion. The views of the lake from the dam are amazing. The visitor center was clean. Staff were friendly.

Thank Sonja M
Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

We were just riding and enjoying the mountains and rode up on the Dam. It's huge beyond description, also has a great view.

Thank kalebellis
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tadams75
do you park at the visitor and walk from there to see the dam?
16 April 2017|
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Response from Mary B | Property representative |
Yes, you park at the Fontana Dam Visitor Center, and the dams is adjacent to that.
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