Fontana Lake

Fontana Lake, North Carolina.  May 30, 2009.

Fontana Lake, North Carolina. May 30, 2009.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a wonderful place to visit.  Most people visit the Tennessee side of the park since that’s where the towns of Gatlinburg and Sevierville are located.

The North Carolina side of the park is more remote and doesn’t have as many visitors, but it also has many gems.  Last month Betsy and I drove through the park from North Carolina to Tennessee, stopping at just about every overlook we passed.

The picture above was taken at one of those overlooks.  The lake is Fontana Lake, which is one of the deepest lakes in the region.  In some places it is over 400 feet deep.  The lake is roughly 30 miles long and is at an elevation of about 1700 feet.  Nestled in the mountains, Fontana Lake offers boating, fishing, hiking, and camping.  It may be remote, but it is well worth a visit for anyone who enjoys the great outdoors.

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17 Responses to “Fontana Lake”

  1. Regina Says:

    One of my favorite scenery. Great shot!

  2. Fishing Guy Says:

    George: Wow, that should be filled with some mighty big fish.

  3. Jen Says:

    Nice view!
    …but it can’t boast a waterfall. ha.

  4. Judy Says:

    George, I love the way the colours fade softly into one another! And the sunset sky just adds to the beauty!!

  5. Ruth Hiebert Says:

    That is a beautiful scene.Thanks.

  6. Suz Says:

    What a breathtaking scene. Great shot George!!

  7. Rose Says:

    I don’t remember ever hearing of it before, but it sure appeals to me. Like finding some remote place no one has ever seen.

  8. Carletta Says:

    Wonderful vista!
    I like that side of the Smokies too. Your photos lately are making me itch to take a trip there.

  9. ChrisCandJonJ Says:

    JonJ would really love to drop a line over the side of a boat in that lake!

  10. Tricia Says:

    My goodness, that’s a big lake! Very cool shot!

  11. Happyone Says:

    What a beautiful place and I love the light pink sky.
    I guess it would be a bit far for me to walk around that lake! 🙂

  12. NCmountainwoman Says:

    My father worked on the construction of Fontana Dam. When I was a little girl I told people (because I believed it to be true) that my daddy built Fontana Dam.

  13. Kathy Says:

    Beautiful country. Great spot you picked to take this. Wouldn’t you love to have a house that overlooked this?

  14. imac Says:

    Looks a wonderful place George, its nice to get away.

  15. MaryBeth Says:

    Wow! I’d like to visit there. Pretty lake in a pretty valley. MB

  16. Tammie Says:

    My oh my, this is a stunning photo!

  17. LEEDRA Says:

    Nice capture of Fontana. I was born in Georgia, Fontana was one of the first trips I remember taking. Even before the beach.

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