The Visitor Center/Museum is a great place to stop before visiting the reconstructed fort. It offers information on the area’s history and artifacts that were excavated prior to the Fort’s reconstruction. A 15-minute film adds to the visitor’s understanding of the period. It is located between the parking lot and the reconstructed fort.
Open Daily 8:00 am until 4:30 pm
GIFT SHOP AND BOOKSTORE
While at the Fort Loudoun State Historic Area
We hope you will visit our bookstore and gift shop
Your purchase will provide additional funding to this site.
Located convenient to the visitors center and reconstructed Fort Loudoun.
There are 30 tables, most with grills, scattered along the lakeside and in a wooded area. The tables are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Centrally located in the picnic area, a restroom facility is available which also houses a soft drink machine.
Fort Loudoun State Park has 1 picnic shelter/pavilion that may be reserved for your next event or gathering. The shelter has a maximum capacity of 64 people. The shelter is equipped with 8 picnic tables, a grill and access to restrooms. This shelter overlooks Tellico Lake.
Full day shelter reservations may be made online with the Tennessee State Parks Online Reservation System or by calling the park during business hours (8AM until 4:30 PM daily) at 423-884-6217. If you are interested in reserving a shelter for less than a full day, please contact the park office for availability information.
Picnic shelters or pavilions may be reserved online up to one year in advance with a paid reservation fee. There is a $3.00 cancellation fee for picnic shelter or pavilion reservations cancelled 8 days or more in advance of the reserved date. Reservations cancelled 7 days or less in advance of the reserved date forfeit all paid fees.
Much of the park’s 1,200-acres lie on an island on Tellico Lake. There are many opportunities for anglers by bank or by boat. Located in the picnic area visitors will find a handicap accessible fishing pier large enough to hold many anglers.
Resident and nonresident juveniles under age 13 need no license. There is no special permit required for fishing other than a valid TN Fishing License. Licenses may be purchased from most county clerks, sporting good stores, hardware stores, local gas stations and TWRA offices.
A simple docking facility can be found 150 yards west of the visitor center.
Fort Loudoun State Historic Area and Sequoyah Birthplace Museum share an island that was created by the damming of the Little Tennessee River. Tellico Dam was completed and the impoundment of the Little “T” took place in 1979. There was considerable controversy over Tellico Dam as opponents fought the proposed dam on a number of fronts that included property rights, destruction of historic and Native American sites and the impact on the endangered snail darter. Judicial decisions resulted in several haltings of the project. However, legislative action exempted the Tellico Project from the Endangered Species Act and Tellico Lake was born as a result.
The lake is approximately 15,000 acres in surface area and there are a number of boat ramps and marinas servicing the Tellico Lake area.
There are three hiking trails that range from easy to moderately strenuous. The trails are the Ridgetop Loop Trail which is approximately 1.5 miles long and provides beautiful views of the mountains and valley; the Meadow Loop Trail which is approximately 2.25 miles long and the Lost Shoe Loop which is approximately .5 miles long. The trails are for day use only and are open from 8 AM until sunset daily. Bicycles are not allowed on the trails and pets are to be leashed. Trail maps are available in the visitor’s center at no charge.