Construction began in 1942 and because of the urgent need for electric power during World War II, it was finished in just 36 months! At 480 ft, the equivalent of a 50-story skyscraper, it is the highest dam in TVA and the tallest dam east of the Rockies. It's located on the Little Tennessee River.
Visit the Fontana Dam Visitor Center for videos , pictures and information of the history of the Dam. Climb the tower for some beautiful views and take in the wonder of Fontana and Graham County.
Fontana Lake provides multiple benefits to the region, including flood control and recreational opportunities. The Appalachian Trail crosses the top of the dam and the hot showers at a nearby trail shelter have led grateful hikers to dub it the "Fontana Hilton."