With the Smoky Mountains in sight and a vast network of lakes and rivers in its midst, Loudon County, Tennessee offers both adventure and respite for the many visitors it welcomes each year. Known as the Lakeway to the Smokies, more and more people are discovering this as a destination in itself, full of beautiful scenery, a multitude of activities and friendly hosts.
Whether on the waters of Tellico Lake or the Tennessee River, or on the miles of hiking and biking trails that surround them, outdoor enthusiasts can find their place here. Boating, fishing and kayaking are all popular ways to enjoy the beautiful Tennessee waterways and the million-dollar view of the Smokies. Public access is easy for those who bring their own gear and pontoon boat rentals are available for those who don’t. On land, there are pathways for biking and trails for hiking. The parks, recreation areas and campgrounds offer convenient options for those who want to stay and play.
The towns of Loudon County offer downtown attractions of their own. Lenoir City and Loudon each have unique shopping and dining spots and locals who love to show off their Southern hospitality. Walking tours along these streets share area highlights and history. Those interested in learning even more about the region’s past will find there is much to discover here. There’s the Lenoir City Museum or Greenback’s post-Civil War landmark, the National Campground, where different denominations still gather together annually in worship.
Travel is easy via Interstate to this sweet spot between Knoxville and Chattanooga, and the location can’t be beat. Loudon County’s Highway 321, is the most scenic and least congested route to the Smokies from I-75 and I-40 East. A variety of other popular day trips include touring the region’s well-known Sweetwater Valley Farm and Tennessee Valley Winery or just exploring the area’s beautiful scenery.
Special events give visitors reasons to return every season of the year. Celebrations on the water, like Rockin’ the Docks festivals, mark the arrival of summer, as does the Lenoir City Arts & Crafts Festival, now in its 56th year. And many anxiously await the thrill that comes with the return of the Haunted House at Dead Man’s Farm each fall. Visit www.visitloudoncounty.com for more about Loudon’s slate of annual events.
There are so many ways to enjoy this exciting, welcoming destination. Plan now to experience the Lakeway to the Smokies.
-courtesy of Travel Media Pressroom