The scenic East Lakeshore Trail System skirts the eastern shoreline of Tellico Lake and was built as a joint venture between the Watershed Association of the Tellico Reservoir (WATeR) and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). At present the trail system features almost 23 miles of trail with future plans to extend to around 35 miles. The hiking trails provide many scenic viewing areas with benches for observing the plentiful wildlife and wildflowers. Three signed boat landing areas allow easy access to the trails for paddlers. Segments of the trail are self-guided interpretive trails for environmental education and guides are available at the Tellico Village Library in Loudon or online. There is adequate parking at the three trailheads along with a kiosk and trail map.
Davis Ferry Branch Trail: This 2.0 mile trail extends north from the Glendale Trailhead to the current north terminus of the East Lakeshore Trail at the Rarity Pointe Golf Course.
Glendale Branch Trail: 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.
Glendale Shortcut Trail: This 2.2 mile loop allows hikers to walk a loop around Powerline Point and return to the Glendale Trailhead.
Coytee Loop Branch Trail: The Coytee Loop Branch extends north from the Coytee Trailhead 2.4 miles and includes a 1.6–mile self-guided interpretive loop trail that incorporates eight learning sites marked by lettered posts along the trail. There is a bench about half-way around the loop looking out over scenic Tellico Lake. A trail guide for the interpretive trail is available for checkout from the Tellico Village Library or online.
Sinking Creek Branch Trail: This 4.5 mile trail extends south from Coytee Trailhead to Sinking Creek Trailhead and features several bridges. The 85 foot steel and concrete bridge erected by TVA in 2011 is elevated 15 feet above Coytee Cove adjacent to the trailhead.
Lotterdale Branch Trail: Extending south from the Sinking Creek Trailhead, the trail is 3.8 miles to the entrance road into Lotterdale Campground. Parts of the trail traverse along the East Coast Tellico Parkway .
Jackson Bend Branch Trail: From the Lotterdale Campground entrance road, the Jackson Bend Branch Trail extends 5.0 miles to the Peterson Road Trailhead. This branch showcases a variety of landscapes and scenic views and includes an elevation gain of more than 100 feet. A 1/4 mile connecting trail to the map kiosk at the campground entrance provides ready access to the East Lakeshore Trail for campers.
HUNTING: The trails are on public land that is open to hunting. The most active seasons along the trail are deer and turkey. For hunting season dates and additional information, visit the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) website - deer hunting regulations for Unit B pertain to the trail area. Even though visibility is quite good in the woods, it is suggested that as a safety precaution, hikers should hike in groups and wear fluorescent orange or bright colors, visible from front and back, while using the trail during hunting seasons.
The East Lakeshore Trail System Map Book offers Points of Interest, full size trail map along with individual maps