Exploring East Tennessee's Lakeway to the Smokies
With its million-dollar view of the Smokies and its convenient location in east Tennessee, Loudon County is the perfect spot for a long weekend getaway or an addition to your mountain vacation. Time here can be filled with outdoor adventure, downtown fun and so much more.
Three days in Loudon County offer so many options! Take a look at this sample itinerary.
Day 1: Downtown Doings
This small-town charm is a big time hit for shoppers, diners and history buffs.

  1. Downtown Lenoir City Spend the morning exploring historic downtown Lenoir City. History lovers will admire the well-preserved architecture and can download Lenoir City’s self-guided walking tour for a look into the past. For today’s treasures, browse the eclectic mix of shops and boutiques.
  2. The Ugly Mug (108 B St.) Relax and enjoy the specially blended coffees, espressos, cappuccinos, mochas and more. You can purchase bags of the regionally famous coffee at exclusive prices. It’s also a great spot for breakfast or a pastry.
  3. Le Noir Bistro (123 E Broadway St.) Enjoy lunch with a European twist. Start with the Belgian fries, then choose from a menu filled with unique combinations of Southern staples and European specialties.
  4. Downtown Loudon While away the afternoon walking the streets and shopping the shops of Loudon. From the well-preserved details of historic buildings to beautiful fountain in the square and the mural at Veteran’s Park, take it all in. Enjoy the charm of this riverfront city with sites dating back to the 1800s.
  5. Tic Toc Ice Cream Parlor (504 Grove St.) This is a must-do afternoon treat! Named among the top ten ice cream parlors in Tennessee, Tic Toc’s annual opening day is recognized far and wide as a harbinger of spring. All of the 30 flavors are homemade.
  6. Stop N Shop Over the Hill Grill (16471 Hwy 72 N. Loudon, TN 37774) For the best in local flavor, be sure to check out this convenience store deli that has become a local hot spot for fried catfish, cheeseburgers and cold beer. Every other Thursday they throw in live bluegrass music.
Day 2: Trails, Lakes and Greens
Make day two a do-as-you-like outdoor day at your own pace.

  1. Start with a morning hike. The East Lakeshore Trail is a system of nine trails along the East Lakeshore of Tellico Lake. Designated as a National Recreational Trail, the offerings are easily accessible and offer hikes of from one to five miles with amazing lake views.
  2. Play a round of golf at one of the top-rated courses in the Southeast. Hit the rolling hills of Rarity Bay (403 Rarity Bay Pkwy, Vonore, TN 37885), the beautiful terrain of the Landmark Club at Avalon (1299 Oak Chase Blvd, Lenoir City, TN 37772) or one of the three exclusive courses at Tellico Village (202 Chota Rd, Loudon, TN 37774) which offer public play. The beautiful WindRiver (350 Lighthouse Pointe Dr, Lenoir City, TN 37772) is noted as Tennessee’s first Audubon certified course.
  3. Take to the water on Fort Loudoun Lake. Start at Fort Loudon Marina (5200 City Park Dr, Lenoir City, TN 37772), one of the largest marinas in Tennessee. Rent a pontoon to explore Fort Loudoun Lake and enjoy an afternoon on the water with views of the Smokies. This reservoir boasts 379 miles of shoreline and covers 14,600 acres.
  4. For lunch or dinner, you can’t go wrong at Calhoun’s (4550 City Park Dr, Lenoir City, TN 37772) at Fort Loudon Marina. From casual burger lunches to evening meals with atmosphere, with its indoor and outdoor seating, Calhoun’s offers dockside dining with views of the marina and Fort Loudoun Lake. Check online for the evening entertainment schedule.
Day 3: Then and Now
Take a journey from the area’s early times to today’s most popular attractions.

  1. Lenoir City Museum and Cotton Mill Site (110 Depot St, Lenoir City, TN 37771) Catch a glimpse of past. This museum in a restored historic building is filled with artifacts from the town’s early days.
  2. National Campground (1849 King Rd, Greenback, TN 37742) Walk through the field where Union General William T. Sherman camped in November of 1863. In 1873 a camp to “allay the feuds engendered by the late national difficulties” was constructed. This open-air meeting house, built in 1874 still hosts an annual five-day revival every October.
  3. Greenback Drug Company & Diner (6729 Morganton Rd., Greenback, TN 37742) The Greenback Drugstore has been a community gathering place since 1923. Now it’s a popular diner and a great spot for lunch – with a signature grilled Honeybun for dessert.
  4. Sweetwater Valley Farm (17988 W Lee Hwy, Philadelphia, TN 37846) Take a visit to this working dairy farm and cheese factory. Approximately 300,000 pounds of cheese is produced annually at Sweetwater Valley Farm. Visitors can sample one of the many award-winning cheeses and even see the cheese-making process through a viewing window.
  5. Tennessee Valley Winery (15606 Hotchkiss Valley Rd, Loudon, TN 37774) Enjoy a free tasting at Tennessee Valley Winery. This is one of the oldest operating family-owned wineries in Tennessee. With its more than 20 wine varieties, Tennessee Valley has earned more than 800 national, regional and local awards.
  6. Tellico Village Yacht Club (100 Sequoyah Rd, Loudon, TN 37774) Wrap up the visit with a leisurely dinner at one of the area’s finest restaurants. Nestled in one of Loudon County’s four beautiful and popular planned communities, the Blue Heron Restaurant adds a tasty touch of style with its classic menu and beautiful setting.
There are so many ways to enjoy this exciting, welcoming destination. Plan now for your three-day adventure in Loudon County. The wealth of activities, attraction and exciting events will have you extending your stay and coming back again and again. You can find lodging options and more details at visitloudoncounty.com.
About Loudon County
East Tennessee’s Loudon County is known as the Lakeway to the Smokies. Loudon combines easy access and beautiful views of the mountains with abundant outdoor activities centered on its many lakes and waterways. Quaint downtowns, miles of recreational trails and sites recounting Civil War history add to the region’s appeal. Annual events dot the calendar and engaging attractions dot the map, making Loudon County a year-round destination. For more information visit www.visitloudoncounty.com.
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