Tellico Plains: Vintage mountain trail town

Tellico River

The 106-year-old town of Tellico Plains is located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. It's surrounded by the Cherokee National Forest, and many longtime residents still live off small-scale agriculture.

The town offers many outdoor activities, including biking, world-class kayaking, camping, hunting, hiking and fishing. While the town is rural, it's not far from bigger towns - 45 minutes from Maryville, 15 minutes from Madisonville and an hour from Knoxville.



* Incorporated: July 4, 1911* Population: 913, as of 2014* Time zone: Eastern Standard Time* Claim to fame: Cherohala Skyway, a nationally recognized Scenic Byway


* Music Jam at the Castle: Tourists and locals are invited to bring their instruments and join the open jam session every Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.