Fort Loudoun was originally constructed in 1756-57 as a British outpost during the French and Indian War when the British Colony of South Carolina reacted to French activity in the Mississippi Valley. So the Independent Company of South Carolina was sent to construct the garrison—what would become Fort Loudoun.
It was one of the first outposts west of the Appalachians. After it was captured by the Cherokee and later destroyed, the site was left unrecognized until 1917, and didn’t become a state park until 1977. Fort Loudoun State Park has an interpretive center with information about the area’s history and artifacts excavated from the area.
There is also an auditorium that features a 15-minute film about the history of the site. Every month, the park holds interpretive programs that recreate daily life of the troops of Fort Loudoun. In addition to the area’s rich history, it is a great spot to bring your family for a day of outdoor fun.
The park provides opportunities to hike, fish, boat, picnic, and more. There are five miles of trails to walk and explore. Fishing is permitted from a 50-foot-long pier over Tellico Lake. A valid Tennessee fishing license is required to fish in the park. Kayaks and stand-up paddleboards are available to rent from the visitor’s center.
The park has a kayak launch but no boat launch on the lake. Swimming is permitted in the lake but is at own risk. You may bring your dog with you to Fort Loudoun State Historic Area, but keep them on a leash. Remember to pick up pet waste and keep the park clean. Do not bring aggressive pets or allow your pet to disturb other visitors or wildlife.
If you hike with your dog, bring plenty of water and do not disturb any of the historical sites. If you enjoy American history or you’re looking for a neat place to stretch your legs and learn something about early America, bring your furry companion or family to Fort Loudoun State Historic Area.