About Fontana Village
Fontana Village Resort, a year round destination resort, is set amidst the pristine beauty of the Nantahala National Forest of western North Carolina, gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The area's breathtaking mountain vistas and panoramic views from Fontana & Cheoah lakes provide memories to last a lifetime.
For our outdoor adventurers, there are also plenty of spaces for tent camping and RV hookups along the shores of the Little Tennessee River.
Your next Smoky Mountain vacation can be one for the record books when you stay at the Fontana Village Resort. We offer plenty of meeting and convention space, restaurants, a well-stocked general store, a massage & fitness center, pools, championship disc golf course, and much more. If you’re interested in getting back to nature, try a Fontana Lake rental of kayaks or pontoon boats. And don’t forget about the miles of on-site trails suitable for biking and hiking through the Smoky Mountains and Nantahala National Forest.
Round out everything with shopping, dancing, and great events, and you have a truly unique Smoky Mountain vacation property nestled in Mother Nature.
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The resort is a proud sponsor of the Fontana Foundation whose function is to:
- Provide financial and other assistance to members of the community who are in need due to illness, poverty, house fire, or other dire situations.
- Advocate the preservation of our history in the surrounding land.
- Improve and maintain hiking trails in the Nantahala National Forest surrounding Fontana Village.
- Provide environmental educational programs for visitors and local schools.
- Conduct seasonal lake cleanup programs on Fontana Lake to preserve its pristine beauty.
- Run litter cleanup programs on Hwy. 28 in the Nantahala National Forest.
- Establish and maintain a wildlife food plot for indigenous forest species.
- Maintain the Fontana Volunteer Fire Department.
- Develop and implement a recycling program on the Resort property.
TVA Fontana Dam
Fontana Village was originally built as a town for the workers and their families who came from all around the country to construct the Tennessee Valley Authority Fontana Dam. Construction of Fontana Dam began in 1942 and was completed in 1944. The dam was built to provide power for the war effort at the Oakridge, TN Nuclear Facility and to alleviate seasonal flooding in the greater Tennessee River Valley.
Located at the bottom of the mountain below today’s Fontana Village Resort, the dam's visitor center records more than 100,000 guests each year who come to see the structure, the largest dam east of the Mississippi River. The dam is 480 feet high and stretches 2,365 feet across the Little Tennessee River.
The reservoir has become a destination for water sport enthusiasts and fisherman in every season. Fontana's spring and fall bass classic tournaments bring anglers to the pristine waters for some of the best fishing in the mountains. Both Eagle Creek and Hazel Creek on the lake's north shore offer incredible fly fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Fontana Reservoir provides 238 miles of shoreline and 10,230 acres of water surface for recreation activities. In a year with normal rainfall, the water level in Fontana Reservoir varies about 56 feet from summer to winter to provide seasonal flood storage.