At 480 feet in height, Fontana Dam is the tallest dam east of the Rocky Mountains. It was built by the Tennessee Valley Authority to answer a growing need for electric power during World War II. Known to be one of the most beautiful dams in the country, Fontana Dam is nestled between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Nantahala National Forest and offers scenic views and a multitude of outdoor activities.
Fontana Lake, created by the dam, provides a source for boating, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding and fishing.
The Fontana Dam Visitor Center, located off N.C. Highway 28, is open daily from May through October except on major holidays.