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soldiers walking in front of Fort Loudoun State Historic Park

Fort Loudoun State is the perfect place to visit when you want to learn history as you enjoy the fresh and green outdoors. This 1,200-acre park is a fort that was used by the British in 1756. The state park is quite a beautiful sight located at the top of an elevated area, about an hour south of Knoxville. There is a fence around the fort with several buildings within. The fort is mainly a scenic green landscape with buildings placed strategically inside.

This Tennessee state park is perfect for a short visit or camping. You could bring along your furry best friend since the park allows pets. Here you will find fresh air, nature, and endless, well-trimmed grass as you geek out on the history lessons and reincarnations of the seven-year war.

Fort Loudoun has an interpretive center that provides all the information about the area and even artifacts that were excavated from the area. This State Park’s visitor center is unrivaled in providing information and has some wonderful displays. The fort also has an auditorium that shows a short film on the overall history of the area and a fort that is shown on demand.

Activities at Fort Loudoun State Historic Park are not lacking ranging from hiking, camping, fishing, swimming, and boating.

The state park is a great place to visit both solo and as a group. It could be a detour as you head to your destination or you could go there camping. The fresh air is bound to lift your mood and get you that incredible outdoor feeling. The fort is also quite beautiful. The park allows pets so you could take your dog along for a great day outdoors. The park requires pets to be leashed so that he doesn’t disturb other visitors or wildlife.

the barracks at Fort Loudoun State Historic Park

Activities

Fort Loudoun State Park has many activities that cut across all ages. The park has a rich history that will make your visit worth it. Aside from the interesting history lessons, the park also offers camping. The Lake near the fort is perfect for paddling, fishing, and boating. There are several trails for hikers to explore.

If you were looking for a getaway and a quick trip to America’s history, this park is the best place to be. It is a well-maintained park with helpful staff. Visitors of this park are mostly satisfied with their trip due to the numerous sights and great trails and camping facilities in this park. It’s perfect for a visit to nature and an escape from the confines of the city.

Boating

Paddle to Fort Loudoun State Historic Area which is on the bank of Tellico Lake. This lake is formed by the Little Tennessee and Tellico Rivers. Tellico lake is 33 miles up Little Tennessee with 357 miles of shoreline. This offers plenty of water activities such as fishing, paddling, boating, and swimming. You can also catch gorgeous views of the Cherokee National Forest.

Paddling at Fort Loudoun State Park will follow the Island Loop Water Trail. This loop starts at the park courtesy dock and goes left. It follows the shoreline avoiding the Little Tennessee River main channel. The trail goes around most of the northern end of the island to the convergence of the Little Tennessee River and Tellico River. Along the way, you will hear or see several loons, coots, hawks, Canada geese, the great blue heron, and even the occasional bald eagle.

Paddling at this park is quite serene and scenic with mountain tops towering. The water reflects the blue sky and tall trees lining the banks of the river.

You can bring your own kayak and stand-up paddle board (SUPs) although the park does also provide rentals. Rentals are available every day except on garrison weekends and special events. The paddles and lifejackets are provided at the park.

the lake at Fort Loudoun State Historic Park

Hiking

There are over five miles of trails to explore in Fort Loudoun State Park. Most of the hiking trails are moderate so prepare to sweat just a little bit. It’s perfect if you were looking for something to work your muscles just a little bit. Nothing too extreme here but more than enough to make up for physical exercise in the great outdoors.

Here are the trails in this park;

  • Ridge Top Trail Loop – It is a 1.55 miles moderate trail. It offers spectacular views of the mountains and valley and runs through the meadow, goes along the river then up the ridge. It has a scenic overlook at the top with phenomenal views of the lake with the Smoky mountains highlighting the background.
  • Meadow Loop – A 2.5 mile moderate trail that begins at the picnic area. The trails then wander through the meadow made of native grasses. The grasses are an ideal habitat for quail and other birds you will spot on your way.
  • Lost Shoe Loop – this 0.4 miles moderate trail is a short route that branches off the Meadow Loop Trail.
  • River Gate Trail – This is a moderate 0.1-mile short walk that goes around the Fort’s Bastian to the river.

musket fire through the wood fence at Fort Loudoun State Historic Park

Fishing

Fishing is available at Tellico Lake. This lake is formed by the two rivers Little Tennessee and Telico. The lake is situated 33 miles up the Little Tennessee River and has 357 miles of shoreline. You can fish for catfish and bass at this lake. Fishing is good both at the bank or the large fishing pier. Remember to get a valid Tennessee fishing license.

Birding

Birding can be done on the trails in the park. The park has many varied landscapes made of forests and fields which are an excellent habitat for migratory birds. The Meadow is made of native grass which is the perfect habitat for quail and other birds.

At this park, you can spot hawks, Canada geese, the great blue heron, loons, coots, and occasionally a bald eagle.

flagpole at Fort Loudoun State Historic Park

Pets

Pets are allowed in this park but they should be leashed at all times. Remember to bring plenty of water.

Park Location

Fort Loudoun State Historic Park
338 Fort Loudoun Road
Vonore, TN 37885
Phone: 423.420.2331

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Video

Here is a short YouTube video showcasing several attractions at Fort Loudoun State Historic Park: