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Fontana Village in Graham County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Appalachian Trail

A Path to Conservation

 
 
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By Tom Bosse, September 5, 2020
1. Appalachian Trail Marker
Inscription.  In 1921, forester Benton MacKaye proposed his idea to create an incredibly long footpath—one that would not only help preserve nature, but would create an escape for busy urban people across the U.S. He called it "The Appalachian Trail".

Building it took a massive effort, and it was finally completed in 1937. The trail traverses 14 states, eight national forests, and two national parks, and also crosses 15 major rivers. Its highest elevation is 6,643 feel at Clingman's Dome, one of the trail's access points. Walking its entire length can take from four to six months, and about 100 hikers complete the challenge each year.

The Appalachian Trail extends 2,144 miles from Georgia to Maine, and it even crosses Fontana Dam. TVA has set up hot showers at the nearby trail shelter, and grateful hikers who've taken rest there have dubbed it "The Fontana Hilton" due to its restrooms, views, spaciousness and cleanliness. Additional showers are available at the Fontana Dam Visitors Center.

TVA maintains the area around Fontana Dam, providing great opportunities for hiking, camping, fishing, boating, swimming, picnicking
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By Tom Bosse, September 5, 2020
2. Appalachian Trail Marker
and many other recreational activities. TVA even employs a staff of biologists that studies the land, ensures TVA's commitment to the area's conservation, and maintains its good stewardship of the region's spectacular natural surroundings.
 
Erected by Tennessee Valley Authority.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsEnvironmentHorticulture & ForestryParks & Recreational Areas.
 
Location. 35° 27.104′ N, 83° 48.123′ W. Marker is in Fontana Village, North Carolina, in Graham County. Marker can be reached from Fontana Dam Road (County Highway 1245) 1.4 miles north of Fontana Road (State Highway 28), on the left when traveling west. Located at the Fontana Dam and Visitors Center. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fontana Dam NC 28733, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fontana Dam: (here, next to this marker); Fontana's First Stewards: (within shouting distance of this marker); Fontana Dam (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Fontana Dam (approx. 0.2 miles away); The TVA System of Multi-purpose Dams (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Appalachian Trail (approx.
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0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Fontana Dam (approx. 0.7 miles away); Civil War in Graham County (approx. 8.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fontana Village.
 
Also see . . .  Benton MacKaye. Wikipedia (Submitted on September 13, 2020, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.) 
 
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By Tom Bosse, September 5, 2020
4. Fontana Dam
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 23, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 13, 2020, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 74 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 13, 2020, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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