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191 mi 307 km of trail 4 Recommended Routes

Easy Trails 3 Trails Intermediate Trails 23 Trails Hard Trails 7 Trails

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Recommended Routes in Fontana Lake - 4

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Favorite Toms Branch Falls
Difficult

Deep Creek to Clingmans Dome

49.5 mi 79.6 km 9,414' Up 2869.43 m Up 9,410' Down 2868.3 m Down

Bryson…, NC
Favorite Plenty of mountains to view from Clingman's Dome.
Difficult

Smokies Challenge Adventure Run (SCAR)

73.1 mi 117.6 km 14,944' Up 4555.02 m Up 14,672' Down 4472.16 m Down

Robbins…, NC
Favorite Shuckstack Fire Tower from the top of Fontana Dam (a little bit closer...)
Difficult

Fontana Dam - Shuckstack Fire Tower

9.2 mi 14.7 km 2,371' Up 722.77 m Up 2,371' Down 722.71 m Down

Robbins…, NC
Favorite The west side of the "Road to Nowhere" tunnel.
Intermediate/Difficult

Lakeshore Tunnel Loop

3.2 mi 5.1 km 690' Up 210.18 m Up 641' Down 195.3 m Down

Bryson…, NC

Trails in Fontana Lake - 29

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15.6 mi 25.1 km #1Hazel Creek Trail
Intermediate
Robbinsville, NC
Intermediate
Robbinsville, NC
11.7 mi 18.9 km #2Noland Divide Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Bryson City, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Bryson City, NC
10.5 mi 16.9 km #3Lakeshore Trail - West
Intermediate/Difficult
Robbinsville, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Robbinsville, NC
1.9 mi 3.0 km #4Bone Valley Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Bryson City, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Bryson City, NC
24.4 mi 39.3 km #5Lakeshore Trail - East
Difficult
Bryson City, NC
Difficult
Bryson City, NC
0.3 mi 0.5 km #6High Rocks Trail
Intermediate
Bryson City, NC
Intermediate
Bryson City, NC
7.2 mi 11.6 km #7BMT: Segment 21c (Lakeshore Trail Mideast)
Easy
Bryson City, NC
Easy
Bryson City, NC
5.8 mi 9.3 km #8BMT: Segment 22c-23a (Upper Noland Creek Trail)
Intermediate
Bryson City, NC
Intermediate
Bryson City, NC
7.6 mi 12.3 km #9BMT: Segment 21b (Lakeshore Trail Midwest)
Intermediate
Robbinsville, NC
Intermediate
Robbinsville, NC
4.1 mi 6.6 km #10Jonas Creek Trail
Difficult
Bryson City, NC
Difficult
Bryson City, NC
2.1 mi 3.3 km #11Goldmine Loop Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Bryson City, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Bryson City, NC
8.9 mi 14.3 km #12Eagle Creek Trail
Difficult
Robbinsville, NC
Difficult
Robbinsville, NC
11.5 mi 18.5 km #13Forney Creek Trail
Difficult
Bryson City, NC
Difficult
Bryson City, NC
2.7 mi 4.4 km #14Lost Cove Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Robbinsville, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Robbinsville, NC
1.6 mi 2.6 km #15Tunnel Bypass Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Bryson City, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Bryson City, NC
1.8 mi 2.9 km #16Whiteoak Branch Trail
Intermediate
Bryson City, NC
Intermediate
Bryson City, NC
6.8 mi 11.0 km #17Welch Ridge Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Gatlinburg, TN
Intermediate/Difficult
Gatlinburg, TN
7.1 mi 11.5 km #18Springhouse Branch Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Bryson City, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Bryson City, NC
5.9 mi 9.5 km #19Bear Creek Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Bryson City, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Bryson City, NC
9.4 mi 15.1 km #20Noland Creek Trail - North
Intermediate/Difficult
Bryson City, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Bryson City, NC
0.5 mi 0.9 km #21Pilkey Cemetery Access Trail
Intermediate
Bryson City, NC
Intermediate
Bryson City, NC
6.8 mi 10.9 km #22BMT: Segment 20 (Fontana Dam to Camp 90)
Intermediate
Robbinsville, NC
Intermediate
Robbinsville, NC
10.3 mi 16.6 km #23BMT: Segment 22a-b (Lakeshore Trail East)
Intermediate
Bryson City, NC
Intermediate
Bryson City, NC
4.9 mi 7.9 km #24BMT: Segment 21a (Lakeshore Trail West)
Intermediate
Robbinsville, NC
Intermediate
Robbinsville, NC
6.9 mi 11.1 km #25BMT: Segment 22c (Lower Noland Creek Trail)
Intermediate
Bryson City, NC
Intermediate
Bryson City, NC
9.0 mi 14.5 km #26Jenkins Ridge Trail
Difficult
Bryson City, NC
Difficult
Bryson City, NC
4.2 mi 6.7 km #27Cold Spring Gap Trail
Very Difficult
Bryson City, NC
Very Difficult
Bryson City, NC
0.9 mi 1.5 km #28Noland Creek Trail - South
Intermediate
Bryson City, NC
Intermediate
Bryson City, NC
0.3 mi 0.4 km #29Ollie Cove Trail
Easy
Robbinsville, NC
Easy
Robbinsville, NC

Photos of Fontana Lake - 43

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The North Carolina side of the Smokies from Spence Field.
Jan 31, 2016 near Robbins…, NC
Shuckstack Fire Tower lookout cabin ruins, only a chimney and part of the footer remain.
May 12, 2019 near Robbins…, NC
Shuckstack Fire Tower from the top of Fontana Dam (a little bit closer...)
May 12, 2019 near Robbins…, NC
One of the fields at Spence Field, where great views of the mountains exist.
Jan 31, 2016 near Robbins…, NC
Snow covered shelter and trees set against a beautiful blue sky.
Jan 31, 2016 near Robbins…, NC
Spring and Winter are one in this late April photo from the Jenkins Ridge Trail, near its terminus at the Appalachian Trail.
Apr 22, 2019 near Robbins…, NC
A snowy Spring day on the Jenkins Ridge Trail
Apr 22, 2019 near Robbins…, NC
View from Thunderhead on AT in GSMNP on 11/25/2017
Nov 30, 2017 near Gatlinburg, TN