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Tellico Plains, Tennessee
"The Little Town with the Big Back Yard"
Tellico Plains is a vintage mountain town in East Tennessee, at the gateway to the Cherohala Skyway and the Cherokee National Forest. Here in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, a simpler pace of life prevails, where friends rendezvous at the bakery; local artisans sell their fine arts, crafts, and furnishings; and the "Cookie Caper" fundraiser is a favorite annual Christmas event.
The surrounding rolling farmlands and weathered barns paint a picturesque landscape, with layers of mountain ridges and peaks as a backdrop. Small-scale agriculture endures, with beef and dairy farms along the winding country roads and free-range chickens sometimes demanding the right of way! Kayakers flock here when the mountain waters run high, motorcyclists love touring the scenic Skyway - a National Scenic Byway, and fishermen seek reward with the wild and stocked fish in the Tellico, Bald, Citico, and North Rivers. The Tellico Plains area is a rich and diverse natural habitat for an amazing variety of birds, wild animals, and vegetation - over 20,000 species of plants, mammals, reptiles, and fish.
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Outdoor recreational opportunities are plentiful, with hiking, camping, picnicking, swimming, bicycling, boating, fishing, hunting, sight-seeing and more. Backpackers can discover secluded unspoiled wilderness, protected in the 640,000-acre Cherokee National Forest. Tellico Plains is proud to be a Trail Town, as designated by the Southeastern Foot Trails Coalition (SEFTC) and the Benton MacKaye Trail Association (BMTA) in 2014. Bald River Falls, just a short drive into the Cherokee National Forest from the center of Tellico Plains, cascades nearly 100 feet, and is easily viewed from the roadside, making it a popular area landmark. The Coker Creek Gold Festival heralds autumn with old-fashioned family fun, and music in the Town Square gazebo attracts crowds for Independence Day. Remnants of traditional Appalachian mountain heritage are evident and appreciated, and Cherokee roots in this area are preserved and celebrated.
The Guide to Tellico Plains is an online directory for visitors, residents, and newcomers to discover everything you need to know about Tellico Plains TN. The Guide contains information on lodging, vacation rentals, cabin rentals, camping, restaurants, dining, history, maps, Cherokee National Forest, Tellico River, Bald River Falls, Coker Creek, Cherohala Skyway, touring the skyway, attractions, museums, outdoor activities, fishing, hiking, cycling, kayaking, real estate for sale, shopping, arts, crafts, gifts, antiques, furniture, motorcycle shops, and more. There is also extensive info for those looking to live, retire, or locate a business to Tellico Plains.
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