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Douglas Dam, Dandridge

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Douglas Dam is a hydroelectric dam on the French Broad River in Sevier County, Tennessee, in the southeastern United States. The dam is operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), which built the dam in record time in the early 1940s to meet emergency energy demands at the height of World War II. Douglas Dam is a straight reinforced concrete gravity-type dam 1705 feet (520 m) long and 202 feet (62 m) high, impounding the 28420acre Douglas Lake. The dam was named for Douglas Bluff, a cliff overlooking the dam site prior to construction.Location and accessThe French Broad River winds its way westward from the Appalachian Mountains, gaining considerable strength after absorbing the Pigeon River and Nolichucky River near Newport before eventually joining with the Holston River at Knoxville to form the Tennessee River. Douglas Dam is located 32mi above the mouth of the French Broad. The area is a geological border between the Foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains (which rise to the south) and the Appalachian Ridge-and-Valley range. The reservoir includes parts of Sevier, Jefferson, Hamblen, and Cocke counties.
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  • Really neat area. It is not everyday you can walk right up to a dam and watch the water rushing out. There were fishermen all around and abundant wildlife. The viewing areas were nicely maintained and...  more »
  • There is a parking lot at the Dam where you can get out and walk near the Dam. Take pictures and see the massive structure. We did not see any access to go inside. Recommend to stop by if you are in t...  more »
  • Enjoyable drive below the dam where there's a campground and several spots to park and walk. Drive up near the base of the dam for a good view. As you leave this area, drive up to the observation deck...  more »

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