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Raccoon Mountain Dam

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Address: TVA Access Road, Chattanooga, TN 37419
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Rerouted Interstate 24 traffic stopped

I 24 traffic was stopped eastbound so we went west and got off on US Route 41. What a scenic area this was as we followed it around back to Chattanooga up over the mountain along... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Charlene C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I 24 traffic was stopped eastbound so we went west and got off on US Route 41. What a scenic area this was as we followed it around back to Chattanooga up over the mountain along the Tennessee River which we wouldn't have seen if traffic wasn't stopped. This area was beautiful to drive. We came across this dam area... More 

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Dousman, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Glorious views of a very scenic part of the obscure area of the city of Chattanooga. Go for sure and take a picnic lunch to spend some time and enjoy the wonderful educational information at the visitor center. You will be awed by the hydroelectric installation. Our docents were the best and very knowlegable about the area. It is very... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Great place to take a drive and look over the city. Lot's of trails. Enjoyed the learning about the power plant.

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Thank Ryan W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

I love taking my family here for picnics. There are multiple hiking trails for people of various abilities. The picnic area is well maintained. There are lots of areas for kids to run and play. Also, the views are spectacular. If you get a chance to go to the Vistor's Center, you should take it. This is a fascinating place... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

This was breathtaking. Note, it is not at the same location as the raccoon mountain caverns. It's about a mile away and the sign says 'TVA Pump Station'. It didn't say anything about trails or an overlook. We turned around at the entrance and went to the cave, then they told us we had gone to the right place the... More 

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Newark, Delaware
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

While hiking along Lookout Mountain, we met a couple who asked us if we had been up to the Dam on Raccoon Mountain. We had told them we had never heard of it and they encouraged us to go talking about how beautiful it was. It was so close to Lookout Mountain that we decided to hike there as well.... More 

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Hiked 20 miles around Raccoon Mtn and the TVA dam area on the top. Lots of nice wide clean trails around the dam, top and bottom in the woods and in the sun. Some sites had picnic areas and bluff trails. Lots of bikers on the trails too. Lots of serpentine trails and some elevation changes to get you out... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

A bit out of the mainstream but worth the detour. There are 20+ miles of trails for hiking and mountain biking, plus picnic areas around a reservoir, courtesy of the TVA. Gently undulating trails of dirt, rock, and last year's dried leaves lead to rocky overlooks and open onto steeply sloped piles of rock resembling moonscapes. Quiet envelops you. It's... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

Do not confuse with the nearby cave. This place is absolutely beautiful and offers some of the finest, unspoiled views in the area. They have a nice walkway by the river and picnic tables literally right up against the river. There were some fishermen along the bank and other riding bikes.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

If you want to see a big government project, this is one for you, they pump water up, then let it out to generate electricity. Went there for the mountain bike trails, which were good, with various skill levels.

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