Fontana Village Resort is a year-round, vacation destination property nestled in the Nantahala National Forest on the southwestern boundary of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. The Village has a wide range of accommodations, including rooms in the intimate settings of The Lodge, suites, cabins and RV & tent camping along the shores of the Little Tennessee River. Convention space, restaurants, a well stocked general store, a massage & fitness center, pools, marina & ship store, championship disc golf course, miles of on-site trails suitable for biking and hiking and shopping round out the amenities at this truly unique vacation property in the mountains of Western North Carolina.
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 not only to provide power for the war effort at the Oakridge Nuclear Facility in Oakridge, TN but also to alleviate seasonally flooding in the greater Tennessee River Valley.
Located at the bottom of the mountain below the Village, the dam's visitor center records more than a hundred thousand guests a 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.
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.
The reservoir has become a destination for water sport enthusiasts and fisherman throughout the year. 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 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.
Develop and implement a recycling program on the Resort property.
Improve and maintain hiking trails in the Nantahala National Forest surrounding Fontana Village.
Conduct environmental educational programs for visitors and local schools.
Act as an organization to advocate the preservation of history.
Conduct seasonal lake cleanup programs on Fontana Lake to preserve its pristine beauty.
Conduct litter cleanup programs on Hwy. 28 in the Nantahala National Forest.
Establish and maintain a wildlife food plot for indigenous forest species.
Establish Fontana Volunteer Fire Department.
Fontana Village Resort | 300 Woods Road • P.O. Box 68 | Fontana Dam, North Carolina 28733 Phone: 828.498.2211 • Toll Free Reservations: 800.849.2258
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