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Raccoon Mountain Dam

TVA Access Road, Chattanooga, TN 37419
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Ranked #14 of 78 Attractions in Chattanooga
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Dams
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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44 reviews 44 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
11 reviews 11 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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36 reviews 36 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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23 reviews 23 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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S.E. Kentucky
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60 reviews 60 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Loved how green all the scenery was. The roads were in perfect condition and the top of the mountain where the resevoir was awesome to drive around in your car. If you are scared of heights, beware. There is a road area at the resevoir that slopes steeply on both sides! It is very safe though.

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winston salem, nc
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47 reviews 47 reviews
11 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Get off the beaten path and take a drive up to the Raccoon Mountain Dam. The views are gorgeous, and the trails are inviting. We had the place to ourselves and had a lovely walk through the picnic area. There are great bicycle trails. The visitor center was closed when we were there, but the volunteers were at the picnic... More

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Elizabeth, Arkansas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Raccoon Mountain was a very cool place! This unique lake atop the Tennessee River Gorge was absolutely amazing. The views were breathtaking. We were greeted by a park volunteer, Mr. Mccool, he was so informative and kind. We enjoyed the rich history of this lake, the gorgeous views and hikes on the mountain!

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