“Starting at the visitor center, this is a short and easy 3/4 mile trail around the outside walls of the fort.”
— John Clopton
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — Lake — River/Creek — Views
The paved walkway up to the fort entrance, then dirt path around the outside walls make for smooth, although potentially crowded, running.
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. There are connecting trails at the park. They may be taken 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.
Visitors will enjoy this short loop around the Fort Loudon State Historic Area. As one of the first British forts in the area, the 1,200 acre site has plenty of history for runners to enjoy, starting from its 1756 inception. Once placed on the western frontier of British territory, the fort was constructed near the settlements of the Cherokee Nation, including the namesake of Tennessee, Tenase, and the home of the Sequoyah, Tuskegee.
As you meander your way around the fort, you’ll be able to admire the blacksmith shop and powder magazine, the shore house, the guard house, and the barracks. Kids young and old will enjoy the chance to observe this well-preserved fort while imagining life on the wild frontier!