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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 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.


Kelly Gerou

Saturday, June 16, 2018
Great place to go fishing and picnicking for the day. Took our daughter on her first fishing trip and had a blast. People on the museum are friendly and knowledgeable. She offered us a 'tour' of what was there s well as a short film about the fort and its history.

Christy Jayne

Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Nice places to picnic and grill, swim, run your pets, and the Fort is fun during reenactments and the museum/gift shop is educational. Nice walking trails throughout the park. Not far from other attractions and stores for supplies/food.

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!

Charlie Ogle

Monday, June 25, 2018
Very nice place to visit for history especially in the summer, car or boat. The reinactmen is well worth the trip. Nice picnic area and clean restrooms

Kitty McClanahan

Saturday, May 12, 2018
Great trails for hikes of 3 to 5 miles. Beautiful woods with wildlife and views of river. Historical site is fascinating and enlightening. Rangers do a great job of supporting historical and outdoors missions.

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