Sunday, August 12, 2007

Nickajack Dam

Nickajack Dam By Leigh Bratina
In my impending search for Jack signs (see earlier post Jack signs in ramblings) as I traveled through Tennessee, I kept my eyes peeled for all things “Jack”. Driving down I-24 towards Nashville, we came upon Nickajack Dam. We pulled over for a brief stop. I was awestruck at the scenery. My cousin Gina said it best, “Damn, Nickajack Dam”. It is some place I definitely plan return, time permitting, to explore the area and perhaps cast a line (fish).
Nickajack Dam lies only 30 minutes west of Chattanooga, Tennessee in the scenic Tennessee River Gorge (also known as the Grand Canyon of the Tennessee River). Nickajack Dam was named after Nickajack cave, which is located about a mile away. Nickajack Dam is the newest of the nine dams on the Tennessee. Construction of the dam began in April 1964 and was completed in December 1967. Nickajack Dam provides excellent scenery. It is nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in a remote location. Like Guntersville Dam, traffic is not allowed to cross the river via the dam. Camping is allowed with a fee. Open year 'round; campground mid-April - Oct.
Directions: Near Jasper, TN-from I-24 (exit 158), go 2 1/4 miles south.

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