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Raccoon Mountain Dam

TVA Access Road, Chattanooga, TN 37419
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Best kept secret!

We have been visiting Chattanooga for years & this was our first time to discover this hidden gem... read more

Reviewed 14 November 2017
via mobile
Fantastic views of the Tennessee River, and of Chattanooga

Raccoon Mountain is a man-made lake, where water is pumped up by TVA in the daytime, and released... read more

Reviewed 10 November 2017
Newbern, Tennessee
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TVA Access Road, Chattanooga, TN 37419
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Reviewed 14 November 2017 via mobile

We have been visiting Chattanooga for years & this was our first time to discover this hidden gem! The views were spectacular & there are hiking options for every level from beginners to novice. There are picnic areas, camp sites & so much more! We...More

Thank Tsyke
Reviewed 10 November 2017

Raccoon Mountain is a man-made lake, where water is pumped up by TVA in the daytime, and released though turbines deep within the mountain at night. This provides electricity for the nearby Chattanooga area. The mountain has some spectacular views of the Tennessee River valley,...More

Thank DyersburgTraveler
Reviewed 23 October 2017

We were driving around and found this by accident. Was very interesting. The attendant was very knowledgable and explained the history to us. She was very nice. wish I would have gotten her name.

Thank john s
Reviewed 30 September 2017

The title Racoon Mountain Dam is a bit misleading as this is a man made lake up on top of a mountain!! I was just driving around today enjoying the mountain scenery and went on out to the Racoon Mountain pumped storage facility. I drove...More

Reviewed 14 August 2017

We usually go to Chattanooga several time a year and are always looking for new places to hike and explore. This one was only a few miles from our favorite Days Inn and we had no idea it was there. My wife and I love...More

Thank William B
Reviewed 7 August 2017

Beatiful view from the top and no crowds. The maps of how big the TVA is and how the Raccoon Dam works to generate electricity was interesting.

Thank Connie E
Reviewed 17 June 2017

This is a hidden off the main attraction route but so worth it if you are looking to see wildlife and birds and hike on moderate to easy trails. It is a bit of a drive from Chattanooga, about half an hour plus. Bug spray...More

Thank Thomas C
Reviewed 15 June 2017

This is a great area to get away from traffic to ride a road bike, a mountain bike, to run on the road or to run on the trails. Lots of nice views from up here.

Thank Chattman
Reviewed 28 February 2017

For something to do its pretty, fun and educational. I wish I had more time there. Dog friendly, lots to explore.

1  Thank traveller625
Reviewed 21 January 2017

We had visited the visitor center for Raccoon Mountain Pumping Storage facility we accidentally took the loop around the lake or water storage facility. Basically and man made lake with a very long dam comprising at least half the sides to create the lake.

Thank clemson_grad79
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6 February 2017|
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Response from Monica58860 | Reviewed this property |
Didn't realize they had cabins for rent. We went after touring Wauhatchie Station battlefield on Lookout Mtn. It is quite lovely up there and would definitely recommend several hours to view the area taking in visitors... More
26 February 2016|
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Response from Ed J | Reviewed this property |
I am Just a Mountain Biker. Trip advisor might not have realized that the laurel point and its trails high voltage as well as east rim to live wire might attract mountain bikers who might not visit the other stuff. but I can... More