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.
Sources: blog.tellico-plains.com/event/music-jam-castle/2017-05-20; blog.tellico-plains.com/tellico-plains-song-farmers-community-center/; Tellico-Plains.com; MonroecCountyTourism.com
* 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.