Garrison Weekend - May 4 & 5
Garrison Weekend is a time when the daily lives of the men, women and children of Fort Loudoun are recreated for the public. On these days, park visitors will find living history re-enactors in costume at Fort Loudoun. Visitors can view an 18th century infirmary, the soldier’s barracks, the commander’s quarters, blacksmith shop and a Cherokee encampment. For more information call 423-884-6217.
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.
All types of boats are allowed on the lake. Two boat docks border the park and are available to the general public. One dock is located on the main park and the other at the Tellico Blockhouse. Skiing, fishing, and touring are very popular boating activities in the area.
Tennessee Boating Regulations (exit TDEC)
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. While the park has no boat ramp there are several outside the park boundaries. There is a dock for tying boats and a fishing pier large enough to hold many anglers.
Resident and nonresident juveniles under age 13 need no license. Ages 13-15 must have Junior Fishing 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.
Tennessee Fishing Regulations (exit TDEC)
Tennessee State Parks fishing policies
There are connecting trails at the park. They may be hiked separately
or together. Combined they cover approximately 5 miles. These trails are not
difficult at a reasonable pace and they offer many opportunities for wildlife
viewing. Hiking for the less adventuresome can be provided through the use of
asphalt trails meandering through the picnic areas.
Contact the park for more information on the trails.
Picnic tables are scattered throughout the park. All picnic areas are easily accessible, equipped with grills and water spigots, and are situated on concrete pads.
There is one large picnic shelter available for rent. This shelter can accommodate up to 50 people and is equipped with grills.
Contact the park for more information on shelter rental.
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.
Staff members are available to answer questions. There is no fee.
Fort Loudoun keeps a strong focus on bringing the 18th Century to life. Volunteers, seasonal interpreters, and full time staff members offer tours through a partially reconstructed British Fort.
Staff members take some of the programs to the schools and day care centers, while other programs are scheduled for those able to visit the park. Programs are offered year-round and are free of charge.
While most of the programs center around the rich history of the area, there are opportunities for nature programs as well. As one of the cleanest, prettiest areas around, this Island and its abundant wildlife are the source of these nature programs. Advance notice for this type program is generally required.
off those winter doldrums by joining us at the Fort Loudoun State Historic Area
for the 2012 Winter Lecture Series. This very popular series features presentations by fascinating speakers on
Saturdays at 2 p.m .ET. These knowledgeable lecturers address a wide range of topics
related to history. Learn more.
Fort Loudoun's two most unique events are the 18th Century Trade Faire (Sept. 8 & 9, 2012) and Christmas at Fort Loudoun. Other living history events occur throughout the year.
The 18th Century Trade Faire is by far the largest event of the year. British soldiers, civilians, ladies and small children come together with traders, French soldiers, Creek and Cherokee Indians. There are also 18th Century magicians, musicians, and a sword swallower. Many aspects of the 18th Century can be seen at this event. There is a small fee charged. Fort Loudoun’s 18th century Trade Faire is part of a larger program known as the
Great Island Festival. Learn more. Printer friendly schedule (pdf).
Contact the park for more information.
Tour buses are welcome.