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Named after Tallahassee Power Company
The Tallassee Power Company began construction of the first of five dams in 1916. The Tapoco Lodge was built by the Aluminum Company of America as part of the hydroelectric efforts in Graham and Swain counties of North Carolina. The lodge itself was used for company functions while the town of Tapoco on the property provided housing for hundreds of dam workers.
If you love the outdoors and adventure, Tapoco Lodge is for you! In 1930, the Tapoco Lodge was built in the Nantahala National Forest to house workers for hydroelectric dams. Now that lodge is a dream spot for active vacationers.
The area around Tapoco Lodge offers 10 miles of hiking trails for all experience levels, as well as paths for mountain and road biking. Prefer to fly instead of walk? There are several ziplines in the area!
For water lovers, fly fishing is available on lodge property, and lake fishing and boating are also available at lakes nearby. If you are looking for a different sort of adventure, Cheoah and Nantahala Rivers offer whitewater rafting, canoeing and kayaking.
On calmer days, you can visit the Cheoah Dam, featured in the movie The Fugitive, the Kilmer Memorial Forest or take a scenic drive on the Cherohala Skyway. Adventurous drivers can also explore the popular winding road known as The Dragon, which will keep you on your toes with its 318 curves in 11 miles.
Tapoco Lodge has rooms varying from spacious lodge suites to cabin rooms with scenic views. Private areas are available on the property for retreats, meetings or weddings. Book your stay now by visiting http://www.tapocolodge.com.
Perched on the banks of the world famous Cheoah River, Tapoco Tavern combines the very best of classic pizzeria and all-American flavors with a view and environment unmatched in all
of Western Carolina. Order up a brick oven pizza for the family or indulge in the house favorite, “The Dam Drink” from our full-service bar. From steaks, burgers, salads, hummus and local Carolina Mountain trout, there’s something for everyone.
New for 2016 – Our Tapoco Tavern has been renovated and expanded. Now offering a full lunch and dinner menu. We have plenty of indoor seating, or relax at the outdoor riverfront tables. Private room available for groups.
Call ahead for pickup at 828.498.2800.
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