Our History

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…

Visitor Center & Book Store

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…

Picnic Area

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…

Hiking Trails

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…

Fishing

Fort Loudoun State Historic Area and Sequoyah Birthplace Museum share an island that was created by the damming of the Little Tennessee River. The lake is approximately 15,000 acres in surface area…

Reenactments

Fort Loudoun State Historic Area schedules a number of battlefield reenactments that recreate some of the famous battles at our historic park…

Welcome to Fort Loudoun Historic State Park

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.

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Visit one of our battle reenactments!

Check out our upcoming events calendar to visit during one of our battle reenactments.

Testimonials

Hours of Operation

Fort Loudoun State Historic Park
OPEN: 7 days a week
HOURS: 8am – sunset EST
CLOSED: Christmas Day.
Museum and Visitor’s Center
OPEN: 7 days a week
HOURS: 8am – 4:30pm EST
Directions
Fort Loudoun is located about 30 miles south of Knoxville, Tennessee.

  • Take 75 south to Highway 72.
  • Go east to Highway 411.
  • North through Vonore, Tennessee and follow the signs to the park.

New! Kayaking & Paddle Board Rentals

Paddles and life jackets are provided. A kayak launch is conveniently located at the boat dock in a no wake zone making it easy to get in/out of the water.

Where to rent: Visitor’s Center, Fort Loudoun State Park

When: 8AM to 4:30PM., rentals are available every day with the exception of garrison weekends and special events.

Price: $20.00 Kayak; $30.00 Tandem Kayak; $20.00 Stand Up Paddle Board; rentals are for three hour minimum, additional hours available for additional fee.

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