Hiking & Mountain Biking


While the Blue Ridge, Skyway, and Tail of the Dragon are great scenic routes leading to and from Fontana Village Resort from major cities like Nashville, Chattanooga, and Asheville, the real road to happiness isn’t a road at all, it’s the boundless Appalachian Trail that runs through the beautiful Smoky Mountains—a favorite destination for hikers and campers who often pause at Fontana Village as they make their way on the hike of a lifetime.

Fontana Village Resort maintains over twenty miles of hiking and mountain biking trails in the mountains surrounding the Village.

The trail system at Fontana Village Resort also connects to USFS trails in the Nantahala National Forest and to the Appalachian Trail.

In addition to being home to the Appalachian Trail, the Resort is also crossed by the Benton MacKaye Trail which traverses some of the most rugged terrain of the southern Appalachians.

The trails in the Resort vary in terrain from the casual creek-side hike along Lewellyn Cove to some of the most exciting back-country mountain bike trails in Western North Carolina. Click here for trail reviews from the mountain biking community.

Welcome Back Appalachian Trail Hikers

The Appalachian Trail offers breathtaking views, miles of adventure, and many one-of-a-kind ways to commune and connect with nature. As you plan your trek from Springer Mountain in Georgia to the rugged Katahdin in Maine, make sure to pick the Fontana Village Resort as your top destination during a season of Appalachian Trail Hiking.

Plan your zero day with some rest and relaxation at Fontana Village Resort. Fontana is proud to offer drop services for your re-supply packages. Simply have supplies addressed to yourself and ship either U.S. Postal Service or UPS to the following address. There is no charge for Resort guests, a $5.00 per package handling fee for non-guests :

For UPS:
Fontana Village Resort 
300 Woods Roads 
Fontana Dam, North Carolina 28733

For U.S. Postal Service
Fontana Village Resort 
P.O. Box 68 Fontana Dam, 
North Carolina 28733

Your packages will be waiting here for you when you arrive. A courtesy phone is conveniently located at the Fontana Marina restrooms as you come off the trail for shuttle service to the Village. Call when you arrive and we’ll get everything ready for you. Then kick back and take some time to enjoy a Smoky Mountain vacation with all of the amenities that Fontana Village Resort has to offer.

Fontana Village Resort is proud to be a corporate sponsor of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. The ATC mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come.

Appalachian Trail hiking has long been an American passion and the work that created out beautiful scenery was started nearly a century ago in 1921. Join the ranks of countless others who have embraced nature and connected with the human spirit and this majestic trail.