Fort Loudoun State Historic Park



Kayaks and standup paddleboards (SUPs) are available every day with the exception of garrison weekends and special events. Paddles and life jackets are provided. To rent, please stop by the visitor center. You are welcome to use the kayak launch if you are bringing your own paddle craft. Please note there is no boat ramp at the park.

Fort Loudoun State Historic Area sits on the bank of Tellico Lake, formed by the Little Tennessee and Tellico Rivers. Tellico Lake stretches 33 miles up the Little Tennessee and has 357 miles of shoreline, providing opportunities for boating, paddling, fishing, swimming, and views of the Cherokee National Forest. 

Island Loop Water Trail

Island Loop Water Trail Map

Put-in at the park courtesy dock and go left. Hug the shoreline to stay out of the Little Tennessee River main channel. Go around the most northern end of the island where the Little Tennessee River and Tellico River converge. Keep the island on your left and continue south along the Tellico River. You’ll pass several small coves and during low pool a few islands are visible. Watch and listen for great blue heron, loons, coots, hawks, Canada geese and an occasional bald eagle. Continue under the bridge at Highway TN-360 and round the south end of the island. You’ll pass a boat dock connecting to the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum on your left. Keep an eye out for deer along the water’s edge. Continue hugging the shoreline and travel under another section of the bridge at Highway TN-360. You’re on the eastern side of the island. Expect high wind, whitecaps, and increased motorized boat activity as you continue towards the north end of the island. Enjoy viewing bluffs and the distant Unicoi Mountains along this stretch of river as it flows into a wide body of water commonly referred to as Tellico Lake. Pass the fishing pier, stay left, and round the bend of the river. The Tellico Blockhouse is visible on your right but not accessible from the water. Continue to hug the shoreline of Fort Loudoun Historic State Park to the take-out at the courtesy dock where you started your trip.

Kayak - Single: $20 for 3 hours + $8 per additional hour hourly
Kayak - Tandem: $33 for 3 hours + $11 per additional hour hourly
Paddleboard: $20 for 3 hours + $8 per additional hour hourly
* = may require a deposit