Fontana Village

12 reviews

A great overnight hike. The road across Fontana Dam is open now (May 2018), which saves a mile at either end of the hike. The climb up to Shuckstack is pretty steep, but beautiful even on a rainy day. The descent down Lost Cove trail is also very steep, and muddy on the day I hiked it; I was glad to be going down it and not up! Campsite 91 is lovely and quiet, but I pushed on to Campsite 90 at Eagle Creek. The trail between 91 and 90 crosses the stream about 8 or 9 times, each one requiring some wading, so bring water shoes! The streams were not high when I crossed them, never more than about a foot deep. Trekking poles are a help for balance, as some of the streams are pretty swift-flowing. Campsite 90 is right on the water -- I had expected more people, but it was quiet and beautiful. The Lakeshore trail is much hillier than its name might lead you to expect, though not nearly as bad as the ascent from Fontana Dam to Shuckstack. The trail passes a group of rusted car bodies, eerie reminders of the people displaced by the dam and the national park. All in all a great hike.