Seniors Seek Out Tellico Plains


This senior went online once again to search out some beautiful cities, small ones if possible. So I searched in Tennessee and up came The 10 Most Beautiful Towns in Tennessee.

Tellico Plains ranked right up there with the most famous large cities. I had never heard of this city of about 1,000, so it was time to check it out. The locals like to call it “The Little Town with the Big Back Yard.”


The town was named for Great Tellico, a Cherokee town at the site of present-day Tellico Plains, where the Tellico River emerges from the Appalachian Mountains. Great Tellico was one of the largest Cherokee towns in the region, and had a sister town nearby named Chatuga.

Seniors Enjoy Premiere Trout Stream

The Tellico River is nationally recognized as a premiere trout stream, renowned for brook, brown, and rainbow trout. Senior fishermen, care to try your luck here? Located in outheastern Tennessee, Tellico Plaines is the gateway to the Cherokee National Forest.

A charming, antiquated mountain town in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, Tellico Plains’ beautiful mountainous scenery, rolling countryside, quaint farmlands and scenic pathways make it a perfect getaway for senior travelers seeking a simpler way of life and breathtaking views.


Tellico Plains offers a multitude of outdoor activities within the nearly 700,000 acres of the Cherokee National Forest, and is a fantastic location for nature-watching.

 Cherokee National Forest Draws Visitors

The town is also home to Bald River Falls, a magnificent waterfall flowing over 100 feet and a popular area landmark. The nearby proximity of the Cherokee National Forest to Tellico Plains opens the doors to hiking, backpacking, camping, sightseeing, wildlife viewing, hunting, touring, horseback riding, bicycling, and even gold panning.


Pack a sandwich and find a picnic table at one of the overlooks, perch on a riverside boulder, or spread your blanket in a mountain meadow. Small as it is, Tellico Plains’ economy is fueled by the Cherohala Skyway and the Cherokee National Forest.

Tellico Plains offers many hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding trails of varying levels of difficulty. Backpackers can discover secluded unspoiled wilderness. 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.


Seniors will find everything you need in this vintage mountain town, including lodging, camping, cabin rentals, restaurants, cozy ice cream shop, friendly bakery, cafe and motorcycle shops.

Lots of amenities for its small size so plug Tellico Plains into your GPS and have fun exploring. -jeb

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