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Raccoon Mountain Dam

Address: TVA Access Road, Chattanooga, TN 37419
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Ranked #13 of 55 Attractions in Chattanooga
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Dams, Outdoors
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Type: Dams, Outdoors

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Rio Rancho
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Terrific hiking and marvelous views! It's rare to find a place that offers such solitude and scenery so close to the heart of the city!

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Searcy, Arkansas, USA
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Neat drive up Raccoon Mountain to find TVA's most efficient power generating station. A 500+ acre lake is filled with water pumped up from the Tennessee River. When more electricity is needed on the grid, the water is released to flow down through power generating turbines. Worth the trip to see the infrastructure and scenic views from the mountaintop.

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Taylors, South Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Drove all around the lake, and hiked the trails. The visitor center wasn't open but still a neat little outside find in the area, to get out and stretch the legs. Worth hearing more about the dam.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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47 reviews 47 reviews
14 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

TVA's answer to storing electricity, by pumping water up to a lake on top of the mountain, at night when power is in excess/cheap. Then during the day when power needs increase with prices water is released to turn turbines and making power. 4 units generate about 1600 mega watts equal to the output of 1.5 nuclear plants. Clean energy... More 

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Galesburg, Illinois, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This is TVA pump storage facility amazing place to visit breathtaking views long drive up the mountain but when your there so worth it scenic overlooks and quite impressive history there are some pretty scary mountain trails that I will never do but if your brave you might love it

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Chattanooga, TN
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37 reviews 37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The Tennessee Valley Authority built this pumped storage facility atop Raccoon Mountain. A pumped storage facility is for generating electricity. The facility pumps water up from the Tennessee River to a mountain top lake and stores it until time for power generation. The stored water is then released down through large tubes where it spins power generators to produce electricity.... More 

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Lake Havasu City, Arizona
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

This cave is different then Ruby Fall as it is more natural. It takes about one hour to do the regular tour. They offer a six hour mud and belly tour were you go way inside small opening and get into other parts of the cave

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

I love this place! One of my favorite places in Chattanooga. It's a great place to be active, but also a great place to just relax and enjoy the gorgeous views of The Scenic City. It's also really easy to get to from I-24!

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Charleston, South Carolina
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39 reviews 39 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

What a great place to hike and bike. The view is gorgeous and your surrounded by woods! You can take your dog and spend the day there.

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Collierville, Tennessee
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We were staying at the Raccoon Mountain campground, and I had no idea that the mountain dam existed. I drove past the campground turn-off just to see what was up the mountain. When I saw the signs for the TVA and Raccoon Mountain visitors center, I decided to follow. It was an amazing trip and view from the car. The... More 

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