A Dam Good Tour

Explore the range of experiences to be found in this spectacular geologically diverse valley known as the Tennessee River Valley. From the tallest to the longest, TVA dams are modern marvels of engineering and architecture and the Dam Good Tour allows visitors an inside peek into its history, the origins of the dam, explanations about its functions and much more.

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Day 1

TVA Fontana Dam and Reservoir
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TVA Fontana Dam and Reservoir
Natural Area | Lake, River, or Waterfall

Fontana Dam was built during World War II to provide electric power for the war effort. A town, housing some 5,000 people who worked around the clock in three shifts to build the dam, sprang up.  What was once the company town is now a  Read more

Dolly Parton Statue
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Dolly Parton Statue
Local Points of Interest | Statue or Public Art Display

No visit to Sevierville, Tennessee would be complete without a stop at the Dolly Parton statue.  Seviervillle is the country superstar's hometown and the scenic statue is one of the most photographed spots in the region.  The bronze life-size…

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Natural Area | National Park or Monument

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, established in 1934 covers approximately 800 square miles. It includes some of the most remote and rugged mountains in the Eastern United States. The park is known for its outstanding biological diversity,…

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Clingmans Dome
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Clingmans Dome
Natural Area | Geologic Feature

Clingmans Dome, the highest peak in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is the third highest east of the Mississippi. Atop the highest peak sits a tower from which visitors can enjoy views of the surrounding area, including on clear days, Mt.…

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Day 2

TVA Norris Dam and Reservoir
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TVA Norris Dam and Reservoir
Natural Area | Lake, River, or Waterfall

Check out the spectacular fly fishing on the Clinch River below Norris Dam in these episodes of Tennessee Valley Uncharted!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sV7mCR6b5vQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nBbgYpKIwc

 

 

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Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
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Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Art Gallery or Studio

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts is a national art education center. The School offers weekend, one- and two-week workshops for the beginner to advanced artist, taught by national and international practicing studio artists and university faculty.…

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Day 3

TVA Fort Loudoun Dam and Reservoir
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TVA Fort Loudoun Dam and Reservoir
Natural Area | Lake, River, or Waterfall

Fort Loudoun Dam and Reservoir are named after nearby Fort Loudoun which sits on the bank of Tellico Reservoir. Fort Loudoun was a strong hold during the colonial conflict known as the French and Indian War. This North American war was part of…

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Day 4

TVA Raccoon Mountain Reservoir
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TVA Raccoon Mountain Reservoir
Natural Area | Lake, River, or Waterfall

Check out a tour of Raccoon Mountain Reservoir and the surrounding mountain biking trails on this episode of Tennessee Valley Uncharted!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aB88XE28G6o

 

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Southern Belle Riverboat
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Southern Belle Riverboat
Outdoor Adventures | Boat Excursions

Cruising year-round, the Southern Belle Riverboat has daily sightseeing cruises, lunch cruises, and dinner cruises as well as private charters.  The Company has expanded into 2 vessels, a grand banquet hall on the 2nd deck of our dockside vessel,…

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Day 5

TVA Guntersville Dam and Reservoir
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TVA Guntersville Dam and Reservoir
Natural Area | Lake, River, or Waterfall

Check out Guntersville Reservoir's stellar bass fishing on this episode of Tennessee Valley Uncharted!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yU0RzUDWt_w

 

Guntersville…

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Cathedral Caverns
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Cathedral Caverns
Natural Area | State Park

Cathedral Caverns State Park offers a magnificent tour of the underworld and some of Mother Nature’s beautiful formations.  The highlight of Cathedral Caverns is its massive entrance.  The huge opening measures 126 feet wide and 25 feet high, a…

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Lake Guntersville State Park
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Lake Guntersville State Park
Natural Area | State Park

Located along the banks of the Tennessee River in Northeast Alabama, Lake Guntersville Resort State Park promises to satisfy whether you are looking for a resort style retreat or an outdoor adventure in the park’s 6,000 acres of natural woodlands. <…

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Day 6

Cook Museum of Natural Science
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Cook Museum of Natural Science
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Nature and Wildlife Center

North Alabama's Newest Museum! 

The Cook Museum of Natural Science is a state-of-the-art natural science museum in downtown Decatur, AL. It provides a hands-on, immersive experience where kids can explore, interact with,…

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TVA Wheeler Dam and Reservoir
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TVA Wheeler Dam and Reservoir
Natural Area | Lake, River, or Waterfall

Construction on Wheeler Dam began in 1933 and completed in 1936. Wheeler was the second dam that TVA built and is located in northern Alabama. The reservoir helps cover the shallow, rocky area that made navigating this stretch of the Tennessee…

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TVA Wilson Dam and Reservoir
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TVA Wilson Dam and Reservoir
Natural Area | Lake, River, or Waterfall

 Check out the history of Wilson Dam on this episode of Tennessee Valley Uncharted!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCUon8_Q0j0

 

Wilson Dam is on the Tennessee River…

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Day 7

Helen Keller Birthplace
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Helen Keller Birthplace
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Museum

Built in 1820, Ivy Green, the birthplace of Helen Keller, is a simple, white clapboard home design in typical Southern architecture.  The main house is of Virginia cottage construction, with four large rooms on the first floor bisected by a wide hall. …

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In This Trip Plan

1 TVA Fontana Dam and Reservoir
2 Dolly Parton Statue
3 Great Smoky Mountains National Park
4 Clingmans Dome
5 TVA Norris Dam and Reservoir
6 Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
7 TVA Fort Loudoun Dam and Reservoir
8 TVA Raccoon Mountain Reservoir
9 Southern Belle Riverboat
10 TVA Guntersville Dam and Reservoir
11 Cathedral Caverns
12 Lake Guntersville State Park
13 Cook Museum of Natural Science
14 TVA Wheeler Dam and Reservoir
15 TVA Wilson Dam and Reservoir
16 Helen Keller Birthplace