What to do in Fort Loudoun State Park

This 1,200-acre site is the location of one of the earliest British fortifications on the western frontier, built in 1756. Nearby were the principal towns of the Cherokee Nation including Tenase, namesake of our state, and Tuskegee, birthplace of the genius Sequoyah, commemorated by the Cherokee Nation's Museum. Today the fort and the 1794 Tellico Blockhouse overlook TVA's Tellico Reservoir and the Appalachian Mountains.

An interpretive center offers information on the area's history and artifacts that were excavated prior to the Fort's reconstruction. The Visitor Centers/Museum is a great place to stop just before visiting the reconstructed fort. Literature is available that offers much of the fort's history. A 15-minute film adds to the visitor's understanding of the period. Staff members are usually available to answer questions.

The Visitor Center/Museum is located between the parking lot and the reconstructed fort. Much of the history of the most Southwestern outpost of the vast British Empire may be discovered by stopping at this building.

There is no fee to visit the Museum.

Hours of operation are 8 a.m. - sunset.

Other points of interest are the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, Lost Sea, Nancy Ward grave, Louisville and Nashville Railroad Depot Museum, Englewood Textile, Ocoee Whitewater Center, Orr Mountain Winery and the Cherokee National Forest.

This Park has an interpretive center, a museum and the Fort itself. Fishing, boating, hiking and picnicking activities are available.

From Knoxville, take I-75 to Highway 72 South (Loudon Exit). Drive 20 miles on 72 South to Highway 411. Stay on 411 North until it intersects Hwy. 360 South. Turn onto 360 South in downtown Vonore, TN. The park is located one mile further on the left.

Tennessee has a temperate climate with short, mild winters. The average annual snowfall for the state is 12 inches. Spring comes in early March bringing flowering trees and shrubs, and warmer weather. Spring temperatures average between 45 and 70 degrees. Summer's full force arrives in the region by mid May, bringing warm weather and higher humidity. The mountains of eastern Tennessee are a great place to escape the hot summer temperatures as the higher elevation cools the air slightly. Cool fall temperatures bring crisp air and brilliant fall colors. Mid to late October is a good time to visit the region to experience the fall foliage.

338 Fort Loudon Road
Vonore, TN 37885

Phone: 423-884-6217

Fax: 423-884-2287

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