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Apalachia Dam and Powerhouse Trip

After visiting Buck Bald Mountain, Linda and I stopped at Apalachia Dam and then headed to the powerhouse located 15 miles down the road. The first 4 miles are nice paved country roads. The final 11 miles is across Forest Service Road 23 and Powerhouse road. Both are single track roads with pullouts. It takes about 1 hour to travel the Forest Service Road entrance. I would not try these roads in a low clearance car/van. We took my 2 wheel drive truck and had no problems. I would not try these roads in a 2 wheel drive vehicle if it is wet. You can go closer to Tellico Plains and get to the powerhouse on paved roads. Our trip is very scenic but can be slick after a rain and the road does hang on the edges of some very high cliffs. The road crosses Smith Mountain at a elevation of 2200 feet before dropping back down to the Hiwassee River and the powerhouse.
Wet Crossing
Wet Crossing
Heading To The Powerhouse
Heading To The Powerhouse
Dead Canes
Dead Canes
Below The Dam
Below The Dam
Apalachia Dam
Apalachia Dam
2 Pipes
2 Pipes
Apalachia Power House
Apalachia Power House
Danger Sign
Danger Sign
East Bound
East Bound
Hiwassee River From Bridge
Hiwassee River From Bridge
Hold Me Up
Hold Me Up
Me And My Shadow
Me And My Shadow
One Lane Bridge
One Lane Bridge
Pipes and Power
Pipes and Power
Powerhouse
Powerhouse
Powerhouse Road Creek
Powerhouse Road Creek
Powerhouse Road
Powerhouse Road
Rail Bridge
Rail Bridge
River Bridge
River Bridge
River Rock
River Rock
River View From Bridge
River View From Bridge
River View Northeast
River View Northeast
Safe Sign
Safe Sign
Tracks and Tower
Tracks and Tower
Up The Hill
Up The Hill
West Bound
West Bound
Wet Moss
Wet Moss
White Foam
White Foam
Road Creek
Road Creek