Chatuge Dam Trail, Hayesville

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Chatuge Dam is a flood control and hydroelectric dam on the Hiwassee River in Clay County, in the U.S. state of North Carolina. The dam is the uppermost of three dams on the river owned and operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority, which built the dam in the early 1940s for flood storage and to provide flow regulation at Hiwassee Dam further downstream. The dam impounds the 7000acre Chatuge Lake, which straddles the North Carolina-Georgia state line. While originally built solely for flood storage, a generator installed at Chatuge in the 1950s gives the dam a small hydroelectric output.
Chatuge Dam is named for an 18th-century Cherokee village once situated near the dam site.
Chatuge Dam is located 121mi above the mouth of the Hiwassee River, just north of the North Carolina-Georgia state line. Chatuge Lake extends southward for 13mi along the Hiwassee and eastward for roughly 6mi along Shooting Creek, which once emptied into the Hiwassee immediately upstream from the dam site. The dam and the North Carolina section of the reservoir are surrounded by the Nantahala National Forest, and the Georgia section of the reservoir is surrounded by the Chattahoochee National Forest. Hayesville, North Carolina (north of the dam) and Hiawassee, Georgia (to the south) are the nearest communities of note.
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  • Great place for a hike to see the dam, Also has a picnic area and a playground for the kids. Facilities are also available.  more »
  • Easy and paved. Walk across the dam and through the woods. Picnic tables, benches and bathrooms along the way.  more »
  • This is a really great place to go for a walk. We took the kids here and they had a great time. They really love learning what a dam is and why we use them. The views are especially great. Would definitely come here again.
  • What a beautiful walk over the dam. The area is clean the water is great. The recreation area has swimming and a playground and several picnic areas.
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