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Fontana Dam & Visitors Center

71 Fontana Dam Rd, Fontana Dam, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC 28733
+1 828-498-2234
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Beautiful views, impressive dam!

Dams are not usually on our vacation itinerary...but someone recommended we go and I’m glad we did... read more

Reviewed October 24, 2017
kingbyriverk
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Mid Coast Maine, Maine
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Wow!

A massive structure that a great place to bring the kids. The visitor center is very interesting... read more

Reviewed October 16, 2017
trivial_matter
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Smyrna, GA
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One may take a cable car ride into the depths of the Fontana Dam.
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71 Fontana Dam Rd, Fontana Dam, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC 28733
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Reviewed October 24, 2017 via mobile

Dams are not usually on our vacation itinerary...but someone recommended we go and I’m glad we did. Take time to walk around with your camera, the views are lovely. The visitors center is staffed with knowledgeable volunteers and gives a great historical perspective of the...More

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Reviewed October 16, 2017 via mobile

A massive structure that a great place to bring the kids. The visitor center is very interesting and offers plenty of history of the surrounding areas.

Thank trivial_matter
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Reviewed October 16, 2017

We were here 8 years ago with two families. We were talking at the visitor center about a place our families could swim at Fontana. The gentleman at the visitor center said he didn't know of anywhere to swim but suggested that we go to...More

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Reviewed October 16, 2017

stayed in cherokee anddecided to take a 45 minute fall drive to fontana lake/dam . was easy , gorgeous drive thru the mountains... views of the lake are fabulous along the way and the dam itself is a wonder in itself , ended up spending...More

Thank Kim C
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Reviewed October 8, 2017 via mobile

We stayed in Bryson City and had a hard time deciding if it was worth the time to drive to Fontana. We went for it and were so glad that we did. It was a beautiful drive and the dam is spectacular. You can walk...More

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Reviewed September 24, 2017

We stopped here on out motorcycle tour, it was worth the stop. The dam is huge and we read some of the information and learned why it was built. Pretty impressive!!!

Thank Shawn S
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Reviewed September 14, 2017

We have been so close to Fontana Dam, but never actually went to see the dam. It's a beautiful sight to see, I highly recommend going. We went on a "dry day" when the dam was not flowing, but it was still awesome. Go inside...More

Thank Karen N
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Reviewed August 31, 2017

Very nice area, from the dam, visitor center, picnic areas and boat ramp. We had perfect weather to view this massive dam. It was impressive and big. The whole surrounding area was peaceful and relaxing. This would be a good place to have a picnic...More

Thank relayer
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Reviewed August 22, 2017

Wow! I would have never known about this place. We met up with friends, one of who lives in the area. She was insistent we go here. It is so picturesque, even in August. I can't even imagine how beautiful it would be in the...More

Thank John P
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Reviewed August 20, 2017

Interesting dam built neat Oak Ridge nuclear development secret site. Oak ridge needed lots os electricity to produce nuclear material. There is an excellent visitors center explaining the dams history. Dam started in about 1 month after the USA declared war. Dam built in 36...More

Thank Elmer G
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tadams75
April 16, 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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