Fort Loudoun State Park

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Fort Loudoun State Park

Tennessee

(423) 884-6217

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Overview

This 1,200-acre site is the location of one of the earliest British fortifications on the western frontier, built in 1756. The fort was near the principal towns of the Cherokee Nation, including Tenase and Tuskegee. Tenase is the Tennessee state namesake, and Tuskegee, is the birthplace of the genius Sequoyah, commemorated by the Cherokee Nation's Museum. Today the fort and the 1794 Tellico Blockhouse overlook the Tennessee Valley Authority's Tellico Reservoir and the Appalachian Mountains. Much of the park lies on an island on Tellico Lake. While most of the programs center around the rich history of the area, there are opportunities for nature programs as well. Fort Loudoun played a significant role in helping Great Britain secure the trans-Appalachian region from France during the French and Indian War. As the first planned British fort in the "Overhill" country, Fort Loudoun, helped ally the powerful Cherokee Nation to the English cause and block further French penetration of the area from the west. This alliance later broke down in violence.

Map of Fort Loudoun (TN)

Latitude, Longitude: 35.807874, -84.124862

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Activities

  • Boating

    All types of boats are allowed on the lake. Two boat docks border the park and are available to the general public. One dock is located in the main park and the other at the Tellico Blockhouse. Skiing, fishing, and touring are very popular boating activities in the area.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    The roads through the park lead visitors to the fort and the McGhee cemetery and home ruins, allowing visitors to enjoy the historical and natural sights of the park from the comfort of their own vehicle.

  • Fishing

    Much of the park's 1,200-acres lie on an island on Tellico Lake. There are many opportunities for anglers from the bank or by boat. While the park has no boat ramp, there are several ramps outside the park boundaries. There is a dock for tying up boats and a fishing pier large enough to hold many anglers. To fish, visitors must have a state fishing license.

  • Hiking

    There are two trails in the park, which connect and may be hiked separately or together. Combined they cover approximately 5 miles. These trails are not difficult and offer many opportunities for wildlife viewing. The trails are the Ridgetop Loop Trail and the Meadow Loop Trail. There are also asphalt trails meandering through the picnic areas.

  • Historic Sites

    The park has two main sites of historical interest: the reconstructed Fort Loudoun and Tellico Blockhouse. The Visitor Center/Museum is a great place to stop before visiting the reconstructed fort. It offers information on the area's history and displays artifacts that were excavated prior to the fort's reconstruction. A 15-minute film adds to the visitor's understanding of the period.

    Fort Loudoun focuses on bringing the eighteenth century to life. Volunteers, seasonal interpreters, and full time staff members offer tours through the partially reconstructed British fort. Programs are offered year-round and are free of charge. Fort Loudoun's two most unique events are the Eighteenth Century Trade Faire and Christmas at Fort Loudoun. Other living history events occur throughout the year. The Eighteenth Century Trade Faire is the largest event of the year. British soldiers, civilians, ladies, and small children come together with traders, French soldiers, and Creek and Cherokee American Indians. There are also eighteenth centruy magicians, musicians, and a sword swallower.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic tables are scattered throughout the park. All picnic areas are easily accessible, equipped with grills and water spigots, and are situated on concrete pads.

    There is one large picnic shelter available for rent. This shelter can accommodate up to 50 people and is equipped with grills.

  • Water Sports

    Visitors enjoy water skiing on the lake.

Seasonality/Weather

The park is open year-round, with living history events throughout the year. In the summer, the temperature ranges from the high 80s to the 60s. In the winter, temperatures range from the 50s to the 20s.

Directions

Driving

From Knoxville, take I-75 to Highway 72 South (Loudon Exit). Drive 20 miles on 72 South to Highway 411. Stay on 411 North until it intersects Hwy. 360 South. Turn onto 360 South in downtown Vonore, TN. The park is located one mile further on the left.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(423) 884-6217

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