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TVA Apalachia Dam and Reservoir

Natural Area, Lake, River, or Waterfall

ADA Accessibility Notes

No ADA accessibility available at Apalachia Dam and Reservoir

Apalachia Reservoir is a small, deep, cool-water reservoir set in the mountains in Cherokee County, North Carolina. While the dam is in North Carolina, an 8.3-mile underground pipe carries water from the reservoir to the powerhouse located 12 miles downstream across the state line in Tennessee. The dam was primarily built to generate hydropower during World War II. Today, not only does it generate electricity, the reservoir also provides a beautiful site for fishing, canoeing, hiking and primitive camping.

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How to Get There

From Chattanooga: Take I-75 N to exit 20 (US-74/64 by-pass) at Cleveland; go east, following US-74/64. Turn left on TN-68 to right on Appalachia Dam Rd.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets welcome but must be kept on a leash no longer than 6-feet. TVA is a partner of Leave No Trace and requests that visitors follow Leave No Trace practices, including picking up after your pet.

Recreational Opportunities

Adjacent to the Nantahala National Forest, the reservoir has very little private shoreline development and no commercial recreation facilities. Because of its remote location, relatively few anglers use the reservoir, although there is a significant amount of rafting and fishing downstream. Sport fish include smallmouth bass, spotted bass, largemouth bass, redbreast sunfish and white bass.


Seasons Accessible

All Seasons



Visitor centers, trails, boat ramps, and canoe access points operated by TVA are provided to the public with no fee.

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