Visitor Centers Open At Fontana, Norris Dams
April 30, 2010
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Valley Authority announced Friday that its visitor centers will open for the season at Norris Dam on Saturday, May 1, and Fontana Dam on Sunday, May 2.
Norris Dam visitor center is located off Interstate 75, Exit 122 north of Knoxville. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Fontana visitor center is located off N.C. Highway 28 in North Carolina near the Tennessee border. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. EDT daily. The Fontana visitor center is also a stop on the Appalachian Trail with a shelter, showers and restrooms available for public use.
The season for both centers runs through Oct. 31.
TVA retirees who volunteer are available at the centers to answer visitors’ questions about TVA, the history of the facilities and the surrounding areas. Visitors can also watch a video about the construction of the dams at each center.
A third visitor center, at Raccoon Mountain Pumped Storage Plant near Chattanooga, is open year-round from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The center is located off Raccoon Mountain Road, accessible from U.S. Highway 64/72. This center also features a video, maps and TVA retiree guides to answer questions.
The Tennessee Valley Authority, a corporation owned by the U.S. government, provides electricity for 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states at prices below the national average. TVA, which receives no taxpayer money and makes no profits, also provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists utilities and state and local governments with economic development.
Scott Brooks, Knoxville (865) 632-8031
TVA News Bureau, Knoxville (865) 632-6000