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338 Fort Loudoun Road

Fort Loudoun State Historic Park is 1,200-acres and is one of the earliest British fortifications on the western frontier, built in 1756. The fort was reconstructed during the Great Depression and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1965.

During the French and Indian War (1754-1763) the British Colony of South Carolina felt threatened by French activities in the Mississippi Valley. To counter this threat, the Colony sent the Independent Company of South Carolina to construct and garrison what became Fort Loudoun. This move helped to ally the Overhill Cherokee Nation in the fight against the French and guaranteed the trade would continue between the Cherokee and South Carolina.

In the course of the fort’s four year existence, relations between South Carolina and the Cherokee Nation broke down. In August 1760, the Cherokee captured Fort Loudoun and its garrison. After the surrender in 1760, Fort Loudoun was never used again for any military purpose. It is thought the Cherokees destroyed the fort sometime shortly after the English marched away.

Nature reclaimed the site and there was no public recognition of the Fort until 1917. In November of that year the Colonial Dames of America placed a commemorative marker at the Fort Loudoun site. In 1933, the Tennessee General Assembly purchased the site of Fort Loudoun and created the Fort Loudoun Association to manage it. The Fort Loudoun Association ran the site for nearly 45 years until it became a Tennessee State Park in 1977.

Today, the reconstructed fort and the ruins of the 1794 Tellico Blockhouse overlook TVA’s Tellico Reservoir and the Appalachian Mountains.

Fort Loudoun State Park’s interpretative center offers information on the area’s history and artifacts that were excavated prior to the Fort’s reconstruction from the French and Indian War. There is an auditorium that features The Fort Loudoun Story, a 30 minute video about the history of the site.

Along with living history and monthly interpretive programs, the park hosts several popular seasonal events such as, the 18th Century Trade Faire in September and Christmas at Fort Loudoun which provide a living history of the fort.


Andrew Mann

Friday, March 2, 2018
This place took me by surprise. We went on a nice Friday afternoon and didn't see hardly anyone there, we basically had the whole place to ourselves! We walked our dogs around on the surrounding trails and explored the old fort which was a ton of fun. It appears to be lovingly cared for and I was pleased to see no signs of graffiti scratched in to the wood. This place would be an excellent spot to have a picnic or to go on a little hike, we will definitely be coming back here soon!

Joe Barnosky

Saturday, March 17, 2018
Nice little place to visit, especially for something pre-American. Unfortunately we didn't think there was a fort to actually see as the staff said nothing of it and there wasn't anything clearly marked at all about it. But the area is nice and the visitor center has a lot to see in the museum section. Definitely warrants another visit.

Brian Lundell

Monday, Jan. 15, 2018
This is a great historic site! There are a few great trails to check out. There are a lot of picnic areas all with great views of the lake surrounding you. The fort itself is really cool! There's a lot of history packed in that not everyone in the area knows about. I wish there was a bit more information displayed around the fort but it's still great! There's a lot of worked poured into this.

Jason Baggett

Saturday, April 14, 2018
This fort takes you back to late 1700's. There are pic nic tables and grills available. There is a visitor center and shop with a museum. The fort has been reconstructed because the TVA diverted the Tennessee river, now called the Little Tennesse River. The land the fort is standing on has been raised 20'.There are also nice kayak launch and hiking trails. I live going there

Greg Lamb

Saturday, March 17, 2018
A very nice place to take the family plenty of trails to hike very nice park rangers. We enjoy the museum the wildlife and even swimming in the summer. Very highly recommended to visit for a peaceful hike or to take the family to.

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