Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is set to reopen its seasonal campgrounds with new additions to enhance visitors’ experience.
As part of its plan, TVA is installing electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at four visitor centers, and staffed visitor centers are also reopening after a long hiatus due to the pandemic.
According to TVA, the Level 2 solar-powered EV chargers will be available at Norris Dam, Kentucky Dam, and Fontana Dam.
Additionally, the charging stations are projected to be installed at Racoon Mountain by June. By 2026, the TVA plans to complete the Fast Charge Network, which will have fast chargers placed every 50 miles along major state highways and interstates.
Starting from April, staffed visitor centers will be operational again. TVA retirees will manage the four centers, providing visitors with a firsthand experience of the TVA story and answering their questions.
Norris Dam, Kentucky Dam, and Fontana Dam are all set to reopen on April 1, while Raccoon Mountain will be ready by June.
TVA manages the rivers, generates power, and runs dozens of public recreation areas like boat ramps, campgrounds, and day-use areas as part of its mission.
Most recreational areas are free, but visitors planning to camp at Cherokee Dam, Douglas Dam, and Melton Hill Dam must make reservations and pay overnight fees. Reservations can be made through Vista Recreation.
TVA’s camping season runs from March 15 through November 15, and the new changes are expected to enhance visitors’ experience while promoting eco-friendliness.
By adding EV chargers to its visitor centers, TVA is promoting clean energy, while the reopening of the staffed visitor centers ensures visitors’ safety and comfort.
This move by TVA will likely attract more visitors to the campgrounds, particularly those with electric vehicles who need to recharge their batteries.
Additionally, the reopening of staffed visitor centers will provide visitors with more information about the area and its attractions, enhancing their overall experience.
TVA’s commitment to managing public recreation areas, which includes campgrounds, boat ramps, and day-use areas promotes outdoor recreation and tourism, which can boost local economies and create jobs in the surrounding areas.