East Lakeshore Trail

07/09/2016: The Canal Branch Trail has construction at its trailhead on 321 and it's now dangerous to get to the trail this way. This situation may exist for the next 12-18 months.

Instead, use the trailhead & parking lot on Jackson Bend Rd (off 321 - 1/4 mile east of the Canal Bridge) at the junction of Canal & Baker Hollow branches - or you can park at foot of Antioch Church Rd.


The purpose of the East Lakeshore Trail at Tellico Reservoir project is to provide a recreational and educational hiking experience along a portion of the east shoreline of Tellico Lake. It is the product of a successful partnership between WATeR and the Tennessee Valley Authority and has been designated by the Department of the Interior as a National Recreation Trail. The trail is open year round.


Mel Fisher
Phone: 865-657-9062

Project Description:

Construction of the East Lakeshore Trail has been accomplished mainly with volunteer labor. The concept began in 2002 and was solidified with a formal cooperative agreement between WATeR and TVA in 2003. Now it is a reality with completion of 30 miles of trail.

The project involves initial trail layout, trail construction including installation of bridges, water bars, fence stiles and timber stair treads as needed, development of trailhead parking areas with kiosk bulletin boards, scenic view areas with benches, and boat landing areas making the trail accessible by water.

Some segments of the trail are identified as self guided interpretive trails for environmental education purposes. Currently, the East Lakeshore Trail consists of nine completed segments available for public use and enjoyment.

From north to south they are:
  • Canal Branch (1.5 miles)
  • Baker Hollow Branch (3.2 miles)
  • Davis Ferry Branch (3.3 miles)
  • Glendale Branch (2.8 miles plus a shortcut trail of 0.28 miles)
  • Coytee Loop Branch (2.4 miles)
  • Sinking Creek Branch (4.5 miles)
  • Lotterdale branch (3.8 miles)
  • Jackson Bend Branch (5.1 miles plus a 0.25 connector trail to Lotterdale Camp Ground)
  • Morganton Branch (3 miles)


East Lakeshore Trailis located along the east shoreline of Tellico Lake opposite Tellico Village and Rarity Bay. The completed portion of the trail lies between mile 1 and mile 18 of the Little Tennessee River channel at Wildcat Point. Access to the trail is provided at five existing trailheads with paved parking for 15 to 20 vehicles (two additional trailhead parking areas are under construction). Most trailheads have an information bulletin board kiosk with a large map of the trail. Smaller take-along maps and WATeR brochures are also supplied.

Boat Access: At this time we have 3 boat landings with easy access to the trail for boaters. Two are in power line cove, one serves the Davis Ferry Branch and the other serves the Glendale branch. The 3rd landing is at the south end of Glendale Branch near Coytee Loop. These are all on the map (although the Coytee Loop map may be incorrect).

Detailed information with maps, interpretive guides, and directions to the trailheads is available on the East Lakeshore Trail menu item of the WATeR website.

Volunteer Info:

Work on the East Lakeshore Trail is generally performed several days a month. Those wanting to volunteer their time to a worthwhile community project can call Bob Martin (865) 458-9233, Larry Smartt (865) 408-1541 or Mel Fisher (865) 657-9062.

Adopt a Trail:

Those interested in adopting a section of the trail for routine maintenance contact Tom Siegele, Under this project, the trail sections are visited once a month to remove fallen branches, prune bushes and small trees and report fallen trees or other major problems.


Trailhead Parking: 5
  • 5 Existing
  • 3 Planned
Information Kiosks: 5
  • 5 Existing
  • 4 Planned
Boardwalk & Bridges: 28
  • 85' to 3'
Benches: 6
Fence Stiles: 7
Mile Markers: 15
  • Sinking Creek
  • Lotterdale
  • Jackson Bend
  • Morganton
Stairs and Steps: 14+
Signs: 23+
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