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Fort Loudon State Park

Fort Loudon State Park
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 Fort Loudoun: Forsaken by God and Man, a 15 minute film about the history of the site.

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


Kayaks and standup paddle boards (SUPs) are available every day with the exception of garrison weekends and special events. Paddles and life jackets are provided. To rent, stop by the visitor center. You can also bring your own. A kayak launch is attached to the boat dock.

There are approximately five miles of moderate trails that loop around the park. Trail maps are available at the park office.

Tellico Lake provides fishing for bass and catfish. Fishing is good from the bank and the large fishing pier.

Fort Loudoun is surrounded by Tellico Lake and is a good place for shorebirds, osprey, and bald eagles.

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