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Raccoon Mountain Dam

TVA Access Road, Chattanooga, TN 37419
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Ranked #19 of 77 attractions in Chattanooga
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Dams
Most recent review
- Jul 12, 2014
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Atlanta
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14 reviews 14 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We drove to the top of the mountain to check out the pumped storage plant. It was a lovely drive and a beautiful view. The visitor's center was a pleasant surprise - surprisingly high tech with a knowledgeable staff. However, we didn't get to tour the plant. Apparently, for a long time tours were not allowed for security reasons. They... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Went to Raccoon Mountain TVA Recreation Area for a hike. The trails were poorly marked, if at all. The provided trail map was not helpful. Views on the trail were mediocre. Our drive through the area to the trailhead was quite lovely though. Even saw an eagle. And the visitor center was interesting. Don't recommend it for hiking though.

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Illinois
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96 reviews 96 reviews
26 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

After crowds on lookout mountain, you will enjoy lack of them on this beautiful drive to the dam. Visitor center is very informative and has great views overlooking the Tennessee River Gorge. The volunteer at the visitor center was very pleasant and eager to explain the whole process of generating electricity. He mentioned they were closing visitor center soon for... More

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Hickory, North Carolina, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Dam is a pump storage facility for the TVA. They pump water to the top of the mountain and store it. Then they run it through the turbines for electricity during peak demand times. Visitors center is informative and interesting. Beautiful views. Great hiking/biking trails.

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Pensacola, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 via mobile

Was a really nice hike leaving from the Laurel Park with my wife and 5, 8, and 10 year old children. While traveling around the perimeter lake we got to see a bald eagle catch a fish and fly off. Was really beautiful. Wish we had more time and next time we will bring our bikes.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Very cool access road that lets you drive on top of the dam (one-way) for the full 8500'+ length. Spectacular views of Lookout Valley and the Tennessee River Gorge, good hiking trails, somewhat easy to get turned around. Set a GPS waypoint. Park at Laurel Point and hike back to the dam for a good, solid, woodsy, relatively easy hike.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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20 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

This TVA property is owned and maintained by TVA, a branch of the federal government. Be sure and go to the visitor center to the Tennessee River Gorge overlook. Beautiful view. There are miles and miles of trails, all accessible by foot, and most by bike.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Went for a Sunday evening drive and ended up going up Raccoon mnt. Beautyful drive and views from the top over lookd downtown Chattanooga. Lot of deer, mountain bike riding all over the mountain hiking trails as well, fishing down on the river not bad either.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

The dam is a very nice/quiet place to visit. Very scenic but the visitor's center is closed until april so be aware of this before you go. I would recommend this if in the area as the natural area is so nice and scenic.

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alexandria va
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31 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

Beautiful location with great scenery, mountain biking, hiking trails, picnic tables etc. Site is a TVA power generating plant using pumped storage to generate power. Visitor Center is closed until April 2014 but enough exhibits to understand how power is generated. Well maintained, good roads. Would be great for a family for the day.

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