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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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Fontana Dam was a highlight of our "Dam" Vacation

The Fontana Dam is immense. Looking over the side it is over 450 feet tall. You can walk across... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
WoodyMCP
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Foxboro, Massachusetts
Awe-Inspiring Man-made and Natural Views

The drive to get there was beautiful. We walked across the dam and back, about a mile total, which... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Hurley S
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Memphis, Tennessee
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One may take a cable car ride into the depths of the Fontana Dam.
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good37%
  • Average6%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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71 Fontana Dam Rd, Fontana Dam (off Hwy 28), Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC 28733
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Fontana Dam is immense. Looking over the side it is over 450 feet tall. You can walk across the top following the Appalachian Trail into the Smoky Mountain National Park. The visitor center is informative and give a great history as to why and...More

Thank WoodyMCP
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The drive to get there was beautiful. We walked across the dam and back, about a mile total, which is actually part of the Appalachian Trail. We saw several hikers going across. Lake and mountain scenes on one side, valley and mountain scenes on the...More

Thank Hurley S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tallest on the east coast and a TVA WWII marvel built to produce electricity for the war effort (building airplanes). It is amazing to view this structure and read the history. No inside the dam tour or powerhouse but interactive displays, books, greeters with knowledge....More

Thank BartBrammer
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a great sight. It was a bit of a walk to cross the dam, but well worth the pictures. We did a bit of fishing too. The water was clear as glass.

Thank Lester E
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I'm a little spoiled, because I already toured the Hoover dam. That said, this is a cool place. The Appalachian trail goes right through here- say hi to the hikers! Nice visitor center, explains how and why the dam was built, and all the other...More

Thank Whichway2thebeach40
Reviewed 20 June 2017 via mobile

This is s short ride from Nantahala area , worth the short drive . Observation deck area is a view for miles . History and information area is an open glass dome very unique. Appalachian Trail goes right across the dam. you can drive across...More

Thank triciarn1
Reviewed 6 June 2017

My family visited this dam while on vacation. Kids enjoyed the view and the view from the top. Got to see Goldfinch bird here closely. The dam is beautiful to walk onto.

Thank PalMd
Reviewed 17 May 2017

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 15 May 2017

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 May 2017

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
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tadams75
17 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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