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“Breathtaking views”

Raccoon Mountain Dam
Ranked #31 of 148 things to do in Chattanooga
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Level 6 Contributor
313 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Breathtaking views”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

A real "out in the sticks" experience only 15 minutes from the city center. Wind up Elder Mountain Road and turn left to the TVA stored pump facility which pumps water from the river at the foot of the mountain up to the mountain top at night and then releases it to generate electricity during peak load times. When the mountain top lake is full, it's a beautiful drive or bike ride (miles of trails to ride on) with picnic areas and a beautiful overlook over the Tennessee River Gorge, the office of which houses the history of the Racoon Mountain Dam and Lake as well as how it generates electricity. Racoons abound, hence the name Racoon Mountain. Also visable are the raptors (eagles, hawks and turkey buzzards) along with abundant wild life like deer and squirrels. A pleasent ride and visit.

Visited July 2013
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Fort Myers, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
494 reviews
83 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“Nice drive with the car”
Reviewed June 26, 2013

we drove all around the mountain dam then we stopped at one of the lookouts and had a beautiful of Chattanooga and Lookout Mountain

Visited June 2013
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Chattanooga, TN
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Worth the trip”
Reviewed June 19, 2013

Breath taking views. Usually can see deer. The view from the observation deck is awesome with the river flowing below. Miss being able to go down inside where the turbines are. Thanks to 911 you can no longer do this. Nice place to hang out for the day and take a pic nic lunch. Lots of bicyclist, joggers, frisbee throwers, etc about. No fishing tho.

Visited October 2012
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Thank Rhonda W
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Tennessee
Level 5 Contributor
92 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Beautiful”
Reviewed May 8, 2013

The views here are stunning! So many trails and things to see. This is a nice drive and place to hike and take photos!!

Visited May 2013
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Sequatchie, TN
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great place for a picnic”
Reviewed April 9, 2013

This is a good place for fishing, mountain biking (bring your own) and picnicing. My family will even stop by sometimes on our way elsewhere just to walk around and take in the beautiful scenery.

Visited September 2012
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