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 and the Fort Loudoun Association host 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.
Rates: $60 (Taxes and fees are not included. Rates subject to change.)
Fort Loudoun State Park has 1 picnic shelter/pavilion that may be reserved for your next event or gathering. The maximum capacity is 64 people. The shelter is equipped with picnic tables, a grill and access to restrooms. This shelter overlooks the Telico River.
Fort Loudoun is surrounded by Tellico Lake and is a good place for shorebirds, Osprey, and Bald Eagles. A varied landscape of forest and fields provide a diverse habitat for migratory birds. The fields are being converted to native grasses and provide an excellent habitat for “Bob White” Quail and other birds of open land.
Tellico Lake provides decent fishing for bass and catfish. Fishing is good from the bank and the large fishing pier on site.
Ridge Top Trail — 1.5 Miles — Natural Surface — moderateMeadow loop — 3.3 Miles — Natural Surface — moderateLost Shoe Loop — 0.5 Miles — Natural Surface — moderate
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For more information, please contact Fort Loudoun State Park directly at 423-884-6217.
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