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THE CUMBERLAND PLATEAU--The Golf Capital of Tennessee
  • No state income taxes on wages

  • No personal property taxes

  • Inexpensive property taxes


But it’s not just the cost of living here that is so attractive. Consider all of these positives:


  • Clean air! Nestled on top of the Cumberland Plateau, our average elevation is 1900 feet above sea level, and we boast several beautiful mountains, including: Hinch Mountain, 3,048 feet, Dorton Knob, 2,990 feet, Black Mountain, 2,828 feet, and Peavine Mountain, 2,110 feet.


  • Hundreds of miles of hiking trails, including locales such as Virgin Falls State Natural Area, Frozen Head State Park, Cumberland Mountain State Park, and the Obed Wild and Scenic River area.


  • Gateway to the 82,000-acre Catoosa Wildlife Management Area


  • Home to the Fairfield Glade resort, with its 11 lakes, 5 golf courses, world-class tennis center, and numerous activities and other amenities well-suited to the active retiree.


  • The fourth-largest county in Tennessee (in terms of area—685 square miles), our home sites include rural areas, as well as planned unit developments.


  • Proud to be the county that welcomed the creation of the non-profit Cumberland County Playhouse—designated a major cultural resource by the Tennessee Arts Commission.


  • Site of The Homesteads, a community created by Franklin Roosevelt’s administration to help depression era economically stranded families of miners, timber workers, and farmers to get back on their feet.


  • The source of Crab Orchard stone, which was used in the building of Rockefeller Center in New York City, as well as Elvis Presley’s Graceland’s swimming pool.


  • Within an hour’s drive from 27,700-acre Dale Hollow and the 72.4-mile Watts Bar reservoirs


  • Conveniently located—just 1 hour from Knoxville, 1 ½ hours from Chattanooga, and 2 hours from Nashville. The county is served by two airports—Nashville and Knoxville.


So, when your friends ask why you chose to move here, give them this column—and maybe they’ll soon be joining you!

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  • No state income taxes on wages

  • No personal property taxes

  • Inexpensive property taxes

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is our most visited national park, with more than 10,000 annual visitors. From the highest peak, at Clingman's Dome (6,644 f.), you can see 7 states: Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama.


The park features more than 850 miles of hiking trails, including 71 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Tourists also enjoy driving the 11-mile stretch of the Tail of the Dragon and the 43-mile Cherahala Skyway, with elevations of 5,390 feet and magnificent views.

Whether you are a city or country dweller, there's something for everyone in the towns in the Smokies :

  • Maryville: the largest city in Blount Co. (population 129,000), home to the Knoxville Tyson-McGhee airport, and just 20 minutes from downtown Knoxville, Maryville College (ranked #3 in Regional South Colleges), festivals, greenway, theater, lots of restaurants and shopping, and named 'one of the top 10 places to live in Tennessee'

  • Townsend: the 'quiet' side of the Smokies, and featuring numerous campgrounds, the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, festivals, crafts, music, caverns, and the Little River, famous for tubing

  • Pigeon Forge: outlet malls, time shares, fun parks, helicopter rides, many dinner theaters, and home to the spectacular Dollywood theme park and Splash Country Water Park

  • Gatlinburg: exquisite crafts by mountain artisans, skylift, snow skiing and ice skating at Ober Gatlinburg, Ripley's Aquarium, the Titanic Museum, hotels, timeshares, and mountain side cabins 

  • Sevierville: home of country music star Dolly Parton, caverns, aviation museum, and shopping

  • Wears Valley: mountain views, cabins, hiking, crafts, and tourist shopping

  • Knoxville: technically, just outside of the Smokies, Knoxville is home to 187,500 people, and is a thriving metropolis with fantastic restaurants, art museums, greenways, entertainment, shopping, festivals, theater, and lakes. The city is surrounded by the 652-mile Tennessee River, the site of the 1982 World's Fair, and is home to the University of Tennessee Vols.

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