The East Lakeshore Trail system at Tellico Lake is considered to be one of the most beautiful and accessible hiking trails in East Tennessee. The trail, which provides a recreational and educational experience, has been recognized by the Department of the Interior as a National Recreation Trail.
The 31-mile trail system consists of ten segments available for public use year round. Access to the trail is provided at eight trailheads with vehicle parking for 15 to 20 vehicles, and kiosks with maps and other information. Two boat landings are currently available for easy access by boaters wanting to hike northern parts of the trail.
The trail is open at all times and consists of ten different branches going north to south – Canal (1.5 miles), Baker Hollow (3.2), Davis Ferry (3.3), Glendale (2.8), Coytee Loop (2.4), Sinking Creek (4.5), Lotterdale (3.8), Jackson Bend (5.1), Morganton (3.1), and Wildcat Ridge spur trail (1.0).