First, there’s that sweet spot – the prime location between Chattanooga and Knoxville. Add to that the million dollar lake views, hiking trails, winery, and antiquing. Finish up with sumptuous food, and you have Loudon County TN, a must see in our list of places to spend a weekend in the South.
Recently, Kary and I had the chance to visit Loudon County in East Tennessee, and we had a blast! We navigated the “triangle,” hitting the cities of Lenoir City, Loudon (the county seat), Philadelphia, and Greenback. With the Great Smoky Mountains as a backdrop, the Tennessee River always nearby, and charming boutique downtown shopping around every corner, we never ran out of adventures and activities.
Here are our favorite things to do in Loudon County, a.k.a. “LoCo!”
1. Outdoor Activities in Loudon County
Check out Loudon County Million Dollar View
For the best view in the region, we stopped to admire what locals call “the million dollar view,” the natural, scenic areas open to the public around Tellico Lake.
Hike East Lakeshore Trail
East Lakeshore Trail is located along the east shoreline of Tellico Lake. The trail is 28.8 miles long, with access at nine trailheads along the way. Advanced hikers could do the entire trail in a day, but it’s also a great option for more leisurely hikers who could as little as a half mile hike to the Mizell lookout point. The variety and versatility of hikes make it a great option for just about anyone.
Tellico Dam Walkway
For those who prefer more of a walk than a hike, the paved path along the dam is perfect. The path is flat, favoring walkers, runners, bikers, and pet-walkers. Expansive views of the lake sometimes include fishermen and boaters.
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Disclosure: The author was honored to be the guest of Visit Loudon County during her stay in Loudon County TN, but as always, the opinions, reviews, and experiences are her own.