Trail Directions, Descriptions & Maps
From I-75 (Lenoir City Hwy 321):
Take exit 81 to Hwy 321 N. Travel southeast on Hwy 321 N, 8.3 miles to Hwy 95 on right. Follow signs to the trailheads.
From Maryville (Hwy 321):
From the intersection of Hwy 129 & Hwy 321 S, travel west on Hwy 321 S for 12.8 miles to Hwy 95 on left. Follow signs to the trailheads.
From Vonore (Hwy 411):
From the intersection of Hwy 72 & Hwy 411, travel north on Hwy 411, 5 miles to East Coast Tellico Pkwy on left (Across from Hwy 72 Junction). Follow signs to the trailheads.
Canal Branch - about 1.5 miles:
The Canal Branch extends southward from the Canal Trailhead located near the new US 321 bridge, which is the northern terminus of the East Lakeshore Trail. The trailhead parking is unimproved and there is no kiosk at this time. It will be improved when the US 321 bridge and highway construction is fully complete. The trail offers fine lake views and junctions with the Baker Hollow Branch at the Mizell Trailhead located off Jackson Bend Road.
Baker Hollow Branch - 3.1 miles:
(New trailhead to be built at the end of Antioch Church Road in 2018.) The Baker Hollow Branch connects with the Davis Ferry Branch near Antioch Church Rd. (future trailhead location). It features large trees, the Mizell Bluff overlook, steep side hills, and many fine views of the lake, expecially in the winter.
Davis Ferry Branch - 3.2 miles:
The Davis Ferry Branch extends from the end of Antioch Church Road, extending southward paralleling the road for about one mile and then passing through a small portion of the Wind River golf course. This is private land; please stay on the trail and be courteous to golfers. It is an easy, pleasant hike through forested areas and along Powerline Cove of the Tellico Lake ending at the Glendale Trailhead where it joins the Gldendale Branch.
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Glendale Branch - 3 miles:
The Glendale Branch extends south from the Glendale Trailhead to an intersection with the Coytee Loop interpretive trail. This trail is 3.0 miles via Power Point and 2.2 miles via the Shortcut. From the Glendale Trailhead to Power Point is 1.2 miles. The Powerline Point Loop interpretive trail is 2.2 miles and goes from the trailhead to Powerline Point and returns via the Glendale Shortcut Trail. The degree of difficulty is easy.
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Glendale Shortcut Trail:
The Glendale Shortcut allows hikers to walk a 2.2 mile loop around Powerline Point and return to the Glendale Trailhead. The degree of difficulty is easy.
Click here for Glendale Shortcut map
Coytee Loop Branch - 2.4 miles:
The Coytee Loop Branch extends north from the Coytee Trailhead 2.4 miles and includes a 1.6 mile self guided interpretive loop trail. It incorporates eight learning sites marked by lettered posts along the trail. The degree of difficulty is easy to moderate.
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Sinking Creek Branch - 4.5 miles:
The Sinking Creek Branch extends south from Coytee Trailhead 4.5 miles to Sinking Creek Trailhead. It features several bridges including an 85 foot steel & concrete bridge erected by TVA in 2011, and elevated 15 feet above Coytee Cove adjacent to Coytee Trailhead. The degree of difficulty is easy to moderate.
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Lotterdale Branch - 3.8 miles:
The Lotterdale Branch extends south from the Sinking Creek Trailhead 3.8 miles to the entrance road into Lotterdale Campground. Parts of the trail traverse along East Coast Tellico Parkway. The degree of difficulty is easy to moderate.
Click here for Lotterdale Branch map
Jackson Bend Branch - 5.1 miles:
The Jackson Bend Branch extends south from the Lotterdale Campground entrance road 5.1 miles to the Peterson Road Trailhead. This branch showcases a variety of landscapes and scenic views and includes an elevation gain of about 200 feet. A 1/4 mile connecting trail to a map kiosk at the campground entrance provides ready access to the East Lakeshore Trail for campers. The degree of difficulty is easy to moderate.
Click here for Jackson Bend Branch map
Morganton Branch - 3 miles:
From the Peterson Rd. Trailhead the Morganton Branch extends to the southern terminus of the East Lakeshore Trail at Wildcat Pointe Trailhead. A variety of interesting and scenic lake views reward the hiker especially along the Baker Creek arm of Tellico Lake featuring a 140' boardwalk. Before reaching Wildcat Pointe Trailhead, the trail ascends to a ridge with an elevation of approximately 200 feet above the summer lake level providing excellent views of the area in the wintertime. At the top of the ridge, a spur trail extends one mile out to a point above Tellico Lake. This trail offers nice views during the leaf-off season. The degree of difficulty is easy to moderate.
Click here for Morganton Branch map
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