Fontana Village Resort - Fontana Dam, NC

Stay at Fontana Village Resort in Fontana Dam, NC

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Scenic Resort Bordering Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Cabins once lined the town of Fontana, North Carolina; many of these were the homes of the workers who built the Fontana Dam, the tallest dam east of the Mississippi. Nowadays, hikers on the Appalachian Trail pass by Fontana as they make their way through Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Fontana Village Resort is situated just south of the dam, right near the Appalachian Trail amid views of the mountains, but you don't have to rough it quite like the dam-builders and hikers did—it's a sprawling, upscale lodge with family-friendly activities onsite.

The hotel maintains more than 20 miles of hiking and mountain-biking trails in the immediate vicinity, near the Great Smoky Mountains. Trails vary in terrain from meandering, creek-side footpaths along Lewellyn Cove to steep switchbacks. Down at the resort's marina, you can hop on a pontoon boat to navigate the 30-mile-long Fontana Lake during a scenic cruise.

In the Village, the resort's activity hub, you can flash your included recreational passes to get unlimited free rentals of putt-putt clubs and tennis rackets. Also, feel free to toss frisbees down the wooded fairways of the 18-hole disk-golf course.

The main lodge features a lobby with stone pillars, oversize leather couches, and a crackling fireplace. Most rooms have private balconies overlooking forested slopes; reserve your room early to get one with a good view. Each Azalea two-bedroom cabin is big enough for a family and has two bathrooms and a kitchen; some have a wood-burning fireplace.

Fontana Dam, North Carolina: Historical Settlement amid Smoky Mountains Wilderness

Before it gained protected status, the Fontana area was a coveted resource for logging and copper mining. Today, Fontana Village Resort is a convenient outpost in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Within the park, visitors should check out Cades Cove, an 11-mile loop accessible to both cars and bicycles, about 60 miles from the resort. The meadows along Cades Cove are regarded as some of the area’s best wildlife-viewing spots—they're often visited by deer, black bears, and picnicking college mascots. Alternatively, head to Clingmans Dome, a 6,600-foot mountain with spectacular panoramic views from the highest point in Tennessee.

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

Amenities

  • Marina
  • Disk-golf and mini-golf course
  • Basketball, sand volleyball, and tennis courts
  • Massage and fitness center
  • Mountain-biking and hiking trails
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The Fine Print

  • Valid only for night(s) purchased
  • 32-day cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable
  • No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate, no refunds, rescheduling, or rebooking allowed
  • No refunds will be processed by Groupon after check in
  • Traveler name must match ID at time of check-in
  • Must provide first and last name upon purchase, which will be provided to Fontana Village Resort
  • Must be 21 or older to check in
  • Not valid with reward points
  • Credit card required at check-in
  • 12.75% tax added at purchase.
  • Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Other Details

Room Details

Lodge Room

  • One king bed or two queen beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2 in king rooms; 4 in queen rooms
  • Adding occupants above standard: no charge
  • Cable TV

Two-Bedroom Azalea Cabin

  • One queen bed and two twin beds
  • Standard occupancy: 4
  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • Adding occupants above standard: no charge
  • Fireplace

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 4 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed in standard lodge rooms.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

  • By plane: about 53 miles from McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS)
  • By car: about 66 miles south of Knoxville, Tennessee; about 93 miles west of Asheville, North Carolina

Traveler's Tips

  • For a less-crowded experience in Cades Cove, consider biking or walking the loop.

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