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“Sleeping Beauty”
Review of Fontana Lake

Ranked #1,087 of 2,711 things to do in North Carolina
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Owner description: This 29-mile-long lake has deep, cold waters that provide an ideal setting for fishing and other water recreation.
Reviewed April 16, 2012

Lake Fontana could not be more peaceful. We paddled across the lake leaving from Cable Cove to the old town of Hazel Creek in the Smokies. We camped out at Tumbling Waters Campground where you can catch your own trout and they will clean it for you. The next day we went down the Nantahala River just outside of Bryson City, NC,

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Reviewed March 24, 2012

We go to this area every summer, and any day spent on the lake is a great one! There are lots of areas to explore: we stopped once and hiked up to the old cemetery, another time we found a rope swing, and we even camped on a little island once. You can rent various equipment at the marina and they are very helpful and nice. We have canoed, jetskied, tubed, and had great picnics out on a pontoon. And a sunset on the lake is not to be missed! It is not very busy, you often feel like you have the entire lake to yourself. This is a truely beautiful place.

9  Thank Laurareneek
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Reviewed August 9, 2011

This is a huge lake created by the Fontana Dam. The water is very clear, and the lake is beautiful. We started the day off just wanting to check out the "Dragon's Tail" road and learn about the Fontana Dam and the TVA before visiting the Cherokee Village. We stumbled onto the Fontana Lake Marina quite accidentally. We ended up boating and swimming for over 2 hours in the lake. We went there on a weekday, and we only saw a handful of other boats passing by. We pretty much had the entire lake for ourselves. We did not want to leave. I'm sure we will be going back in a near future.

16  Thank Hercules1111
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