Day-Use Recreation Areas

TVA operates about 80 public recreation areas throughout the Tennessee Valley region where millions of people enjoy limitless opportunities for fun and appreciation of our natural heritage. Click on the reservoir near you for more information about TVA-provided facilities, or click on the area recreation guides to access information about nearby attractions, including golf courses, parks, marinas, resorts, campgrounds and more.

Visit a Dam

TVA has eight dams with open visitor centers featuring displays that transport you through 80 years of TVA history, tell you about the site you’re visiting and explain TVA’s activities today. Four of the centers are staffed with friendly TVA retirees to answer your questions and provide a firsthand experience of the TVA story. The visitor centers locations and hours are as follows:

  • Raccoon Mountain Pumped Storage Facility, a staffed center, is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from April through October, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. November through March except for major holidays and in times of severe weather.
  • Fontana Dam, a staffed center, is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., April through August, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., September and October. The center will close on the last Sunday in October.
  • Norris Dam, a staffed center, is open April to November, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET from Monday to Saturday; 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.
  • Kentucky Dam, a staffed center, is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in April and November except for major holidays and in times of severe weather.
  • South Holston is display-only and accessible year-round, open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. April to October ET; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November to March ET.
  • Fort Patrick Henry is display-only and accessible year-round, open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. April to October ET; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November to March ET.
  • Guntersville is outdoors, display-only and accessible year-round.
  • Wilson Dam is outdoors, display-only and accessible year-round.

Please let TVA know if you’re planning on bringing a large group, and we will take extra measures to accommodate you. Call Laura Smith (865) 632-8287, or email lsmith@tva.gov.

Plan a Family Picnic

TVA offers group picnic pavilions at some of its recreation sites; most include bathroom facilities, grill availability, parking, water and handicap accessibility. Here are the TVA reservations that offer picnic facilities: Boone, Cherokee, Chickamauga, Douglas, Fontana, Guntersville, Hiwassee, Melton Hill, Nickajack, Normandy, Norris, Pickwick, Tellico, Watts Bar, Watauga, Wheeler and Wilson. Pavilion use is free of charge and is available on a first-come, first-served basis each day. For information, call TVA’s Public Land Information Center at (800) 882-5263. You can reserve pavilions at Melton Hill, Douglas and Cherokee for $130 per day.

To the extent permitted by law, TVA disclaims liability for any injury to any person or property or loss of life or property related to use of TVA land for recreation activities.