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Recommended Routes in Fontana Lake - 4

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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 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 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

Fontana Lake Hiking

  • 326 Miles 524 Kilometers of Trail
  • 4 Recommended Routes
  • 4 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 23 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 6 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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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
8.9 mi 14.3 km #5Eagle Creek Trail
Difficult
Robbinsville, NC
Difficult
Robbinsville, NC
11.5 mi 18.5 km #6Forney Creek Trail
Difficult
Bryson City, NC
Difficult
Bryson City, NC
6.8 mi 10.9 km #7BMT: Segment 20 (Fontana Dam to Camp 90)
Intermediate/Difficult
Robbinsville, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Robbinsville, NC
24.4 mi 39.3 km #8Lakeshore Trail - East
Difficult
Bryson City, NC
Difficult
Bryson City, NC
0.3 mi 0.5 km #9High Rocks Trail
Intermediate
Bryson City, NC
Intermediate
Bryson City, NC
7.2 mi 11.6 km #10BMT: Segment 21c (Lakeshore Trail Mideast)
Easy
Bryson City, NC
Easy
Bryson City, NC

Photos of Fontana Lake - 50

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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