Fontana Dam is about 3 miles from Fontana Village. It is a hydroelectric dam on the Little Tennessee River in Western North Carolina. The dam was built in the 1940s. Fontana is the tallest dam at 480 feet high in the Eastern United States. The dam impounds the 10,230-acre Fontana Lake. The Appalachian Trail crosses the top of the dam. While visiting Fontana Village and Fontana Dam don't forget to take a drive along the Cherohala Skyway and also the Tail of the Dragon.
Cherohala Skyway is a beautiful drive which connects Tellico Plains, Tennessee, with Robbinsville, North Carolina, and is about 40+ miles long. There are places for a picnic and many places to pull off and enjoy the views.
Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap is located at the state line of Tennessee and North Carolina. With its 318 curves in 11 miles, it is America's number one motorcycle and sports car road. This is a very special and unique highway. There are no intersecting roads, no houses with driveways and no businesses. Each and every curve is different.