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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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  • We went in October when the leaves were changing. The drive from Pigeon Forge, TN, to Dandrige, TN, and on out to the dam was wonderful. This dam is huge, and two gates were open, allowing us to see h...  more »
  • Dandridge is the 2nd. Oldest city in TN. We spent time driving around looking at the low water table. this area could use some rainfall. 
  • Very well maintained Visitor area. Plenty of space for my son to run around! Beautiful river. Good scenery for photos!!!!!