TVA Visitor Centers Opening for Season on April 1 - WRCBtv.com | Chattanooga News, Weather & Sports

TVA Visitor Centers Opening for Season on April 1

Posted: Updated:

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.—Spring has officially arrived and the Tennessee Valley Authority will be opening visitor centers on Sat., April 1.

The public can visit centers at TVA’s tallest dam, Fontana, which towers 480 feet and forms part of the Appalachian Trail, near Bryson City, N.C.; Norris, TVA’s first dam that was completed in 1936 along with a planned community that became a national model, near Knoxville; and Kentucky Dam, TVA’s longest dam at more than 8,800 feet that forms the largest reservoir in the eastern United States, near Paducah, Ken.

In addition, informative display panels at Wilson and Guntersville dams in Alabama are accessible by the public year-round, as is the Raccoon Mountain Pumped Storage facility visitor center near Chattanooga and visitor centers at both South Holston and Fort Patrick Henry dams in northeast Tennessee. Each offers information about TVA history, how it operates its electric system and how it manages the Tennessee River and its tributaries.

TVA retiree volunteers serve as guides at Raccoon Mountain, Fontana, Norris and Kentucky to answer questions about TVA, the history of the facilities and the surrounding areas.

  • Fontana Dam, located off N.C. Highway 28 near the Tennessee border, is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through August and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. September and October.
  • Norris Dam, located off Interstate 75, Exit 122 north of Knoxville, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April through November.
  • Raccoon Mountain/Laurel Point, located off Raccoon Mountain Road near U.S. Highway 64/72 west of Chattanooga, is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through October and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. November through March.
  • Kentucky Dam, located off U.S. Highway 62 east coming from Paducah, Ky., or west from Clarksville, Tenn., operates 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., from April through October.
  • Wilson Dam, located off Reservation Road in Muscle Shoals, is accessible year-around.
  • Guntersville Dam, located off Snow Point Rd. (CR-50), is accessible year-around.
  • South Holston Dam, located on South View Dam Drive, Bristol, Tenn., is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. April through October; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through March.
  • Fort Patrick Henry, located off Interstate 81, Exit 59, is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. April through October; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through March.

Visitor centers close for major holidays and in times of severe weather. TVA’s website frequently posts closure information.

For more information about TVA and its 83-year mission of service to the Tennessee Valley, click here.

  • OutdoorsMore>>

  • 2018-19 Waterfowl Hunting Regulations Set for TFWC Meeting

    2018-19 Waterfowl Hunting Regulations Set for TFWC Meeting

    Sunday, February 18 2018 4:23 PM EST2018-02-18 21:23:32 GMT

    The 2018-19 state waterfowl hunting regulations will be among the agenda items addressed when the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission meets Feb. 27-28 in Nashville...

    More

    The 2018-19 state waterfowl hunting regulations will be among the agenda items addressed when the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission meets Feb. 27-28 in Nashville...

    More
  • Tennessee Hunting and Fishing Licenses Available February 18

    Tennessee Hunting and Fishing Licenses Available February 18

    Tuesday, February 13 2018 7:06 PM EST2018-02-14 00:06:17 GMT

    Tennessee’s 2018-19 hunting and fishing licenses will go on sale Sunday, Feb. 18.  Licenses are available at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency regional offices, license agents, or on the TWRA website, www.gooutdoorstennessee.com , and at the TWRA “On the Go App.”

    More

    Tennessee’s 2018-19 hunting and fishing licenses will go on sale Sunday, Feb. 18.  Licenses are available at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency regional offices, license agents, or on the TWRA website, www.gooutdoorstennessee.com , and at the TWRA “On the Go App.”

    More
  • Its RV Show time in Chattanooga Tennessee

    Its RV Show time in Chattanooga Tennessee

    Friday, February 9 2018 7:23 PM EST2018-02-10 00:23:10 GMT

    This is the perfect time to see the best in the RV industry all under one roof in the warmth and comfort of an exciting show atmosphere. The Chattanooga RV Show is a 3 day event being held from February 16th to February 18th 2018...

    More

    This is the perfect time to see the best in the RV industry all under one roof in the warmth and comfort of an exciting show atmosphere. The Chattanooga RV Show is a 3 day event being held from February 16th to February 18th 2018...

    More
Powered by Frankly