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EdVentures, Spring 2017

Fontana Dam and Environs

Date: Thursday, April 27
Cost: $118.00
Registration Deadline: March 24th
Depart: 7:30 a.m. sharp from the lower Patton Parking Lot BRCC
Return: Approximately 8:30 p.m.
Activity Level: Moderately Easy - Leisurely walking over primarily even surfaces. Some standing required and climbing some stairs. Riding on pontoon boat.
Included:  Motor Coach transportation, Drivers Gratuity, Insurance, Lunch, Boat Tour, all taxes and tips.
Not Included: Dinner

Come with us and experience early spring in the beautiful mountains of far Western NC. This is the time when the lush forests are waking up, the dogwoods are in bloom, and the redbuds are proudly showing off their beautiful color. As if the promise of the great show of spring isn’t enough, you will ride on the Appalachian Trail in your motor coach! Part of the Appalachian Trail is the road that goes across the top of the beautiful Fontana Dam. We will stop at the Visitors Center at the dam and learn the amazing history of the building of this great structure. It was built in the early 1940’s to accommodate the skyrocketing electricity demands in the Tennessee Valley at the height of World War II. In order to build the dam, several towns were flooded, as well as the road to Bryson City, NC. Learn about the town of Judson which was totally submerged. The dam has an educational center, which is staffed by volunteers who have retired from the TVA. The Observation Deck provides exceptional views of the dam, the unusual discharge tunnels, and the gorgeous mountain scenery.

From the dam, we will move on to an included early lunch at Fontana Village. Once lunch is finished, we will proceed to Fontana Lake for a narrated boat tour. On this tour, it’s said you may be able to see some of the submerged chimneys, or outlines of other structures below the water.

After we leave Fontana Dam and Lake, we will proceed, time permitting, to the Stecoah Cultural Arts Center where the work of 125 local and regional artists is represented. Our last stop is Dillsboro at the Jackson County Green Energy Park. The park is situated on an old landfill and harnesses the methane from it to provide a variety of artists with the means to do glass blowing, blacksmithing, or to fire a pot in their kiln. See the power and potential of renewable energy in action.  We will have dinner in Dillsboro. Dinner is not included in tour price.

** Please note that some of the activities on this trip are very weather dependent. There is a chance that the order of the in-between stops may have to change, or, the boat may be cancelled entirely.  Please be flexible and cross your fingers for a sunny day. We’re sure you’ll have a wonderful time!

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