Tellico Plains is a small rural community, located in foothills of the the Appalachian Mountains in southeastern Tennessee. The Cherokee National Forest surrounds and permeates the area, preserving magnificent mountain scenery which changes with the four distinct seasons. Many long-time resident families still earn a living from small-scale agriculture, and many who have relocated here over the years have added farm animals, orchards, pastures, and gardens to their lives. Most often when you ask directions here, the reply will include at least one barn or a church as a landmark. Tellico Plains TN Community Info
Outdoor activities are many: camping, canoeing, bicycling, world class kayaking, boating, fishing on premier trout rivers, hunting, and hiking. Tellico Plains is the gateway to the Cherohala Skyway - a National Scenic Byway and one of several excellent motorcycle sightseeing routes through the foothills of the Smokies. A walking path lined with ornamental pear trees winds across the "plains," inviting a stroll in any season.
Here you will find a slower, yet rewarding, pace of life. Turn back the hands of time and enjoy simpler pleasures, like picnicking on a mountain bald, banjo pickin' around a campfire, discovering wildflowers in the forest. Savor the comforts of small-town living, where friendships form from sharing a table at the bakery, small churches welcome newcomers, and you always see people you know at the post office.
A wide variety of high quality handcrafts reflecting mountain and Native American heritage are made a sold in the Tellico Plains area. Accomplished artists capture local subjects in beautiful paintings, and craftspeople use local lumber and other natural materials to create unique functional and decorative pieces. Events like the Coker Creek Gold Festival in October allow locals and visitors to celebrate many traditions and talents of the region, and the Christmas Cookie Caper fills the town streets with red-ribboned boxes full of locally baked holiday sweets.
Tellico Plains is rural yet convenient to hospitals, shopping, performing and visual arts, and other amenities of city life. You can be in a big city like Knoxville in about 1 hour (60 miles), or Maryville in about 45 minutes. Smaller cities are even closer. Madisonville (county seat of Monroe County) is just a 15 minute drive and has a Super Walmart. Athens is medium size city just 30 minutes away with even more shopping.
Tellico Plains is...
about 60 miles from Knoxville
about 75 miles from Chattanooga
about 80 miles from Pigeon Forge
about 160 miles from Atlanta
about 200 miles from Nashville
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For individuals or businesses looking to move to the Tellico Plains area, please visit our Relocation page, a guide to government services, tax structure, population, community facilities, etc.
Our Public Library is a wealth of information and offers books, magazines, audio books and DVDs, free unsecured access to the internet 24/7, information on the area, faxing, scanning, laminating, printing, library cards for long-term visitors, free access to the internet via the library's public computers, a "garden" with picnic tables for laptop users and visitors.
About Coker Creek
Just south of Tellico Plains lies a picturesque mountain village called Coker Creek, which is within the Cherokee National Forest and nestled in the southern Appalachian mountains. Coker Creek is also the name of the waterway which meanders through the village, known for its picturesque cascading waterfalls, ideal swimming holes, and big flat boulders for basking in the sun. Riding trails, gold panning, skilled artisan shops await you, and the annual Autumn Gold Festival is a favorite fall event, on the second weekend in October. The altitude and latitude create a lush natural environment throughout Coker Creek, with rhododendron, mountain laurel, wild azaleas, ferns and migrating birds of all colors. Gold was discovered here long before the California 49ers headed west, and the Cherokee made their home here until the infamous 1838 Trail of Tears. For more info visit: cokercreek.org