Fontana Lake is one of the more difficult to reach and remote areas in the Smokeys. The lake has over 420 miles of shoreline offering wonderful fishing opportunities in its crystal clear waters. The 500 foot depth of the water attract year-round fishing and boating enthusiasts. There are countless hiking trails in the area, many leading to beautiful waterfalls and trout streams. The scenery is breath taking, making this one of the East Coast's favorite romantic get-a ways. In addition to the trails, both footpaths and equestrian, fishing and boating opportunities abound. Swimming and water-skiing are also very popular. The area is within minutes of golfing, whitewater rafting and private lodging facilities.
Area attractions include: Fontana Dam and Village, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Cherokee Indian Reservation, Historic Dillsboro, Dollywood, Biltmore Mansion, Great Smoky Mountain Railroad and the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Directions from Bryson City, NC: Travel US 19 southeast to SR 28. Turn right on SR 28 heading northwest. The visitor center for Fontana Lake is on the western side of the lake, approximately 20 miles. Access to many of the trails north of Fontana Lake begin in this area. There is also access to the Appalachian Trail from this point.