We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“No crowds, nice drive”

Raccoon Mountain Dam
Ranked #28 of 149 things to do in Chattanooga
Certificate of Excellence
Attraction details
Peotone, Illinois
Level Contributor
149 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
“No crowds, nice drive”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

After crowds on lookout mountain, you will enjoy lack of them on this beautiful drive to the dam. Visitor center is very informative and has great views overlooking the Tennessee River Gorge. The volunteer at the visitor center was very pleasant and eager to explain the whole process of generating electricity. He mentioned they were closing visitor center soon for some maintenance so you might want to call ahead to confirm it is open.

Visited May 2014
Helpful?
2 Thank empjm
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

128 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    84
    38
    4
    2
    0
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Hickory, North Carolina, United States
Level Contributor
42 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Unique Facility”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2014

Dam is a pump storage facility for the TVA. They pump water to the top of the mountain and store it. Then they run it through the turbines for electricity during peak demand times. Visitors center is informative and interesting. Beautiful views. Great hiking/biking trails.

Visited April 2014
Helpful?
Thank lazarowa
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Pensacola, Florida
Level Contributor
46 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Nice place for hiking”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2014 via mobile

Was a really nice hike leaving from the Laurel Park with my wife and 5, 8, and 10 year old children. While traveling around the perimeter lake we got to see a bald eagle catch a fish and fly off. Was really beautiful. Wish we had more time and next time we will bring our bikes.

Visited April 2014
Helpful?
1 Thank Rob B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Level Contributor
27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“A Hiking Gem”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

Very cool access road that lets you drive on top of the dam (one-way) for the full 8500'+ length. Spectacular views of Lookout Valley and the Tennessee River Gorge, good hiking trails, somewhat easy to get turned around. Set a GPS waypoint. Park at Laurel Point and hike back to the dam for a good, solid, woodsy, relatively easy hike.

Visited April 2014
Helpful?
1 Thank cdpetty81
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Level Contributor
509 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
“Awesome Bike Trails & Hiking”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2014

This TVA property is owned and maintained by TVA, a branch of the federal government. Be sure and go to the visitor center to the Tennessee River Gorge overlook. Beautiful view. There are miles and miles of trails, all accessible by foot, and most by bike.

Visited October 2013
Helpful?
Thank DealScout
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Raccoon Mountain Dam also viewed

 

Been to Raccoon Mountain Dam? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing