Small town Tennessee, we just can’t get enough of you. It must be the kind people and good food, the gorgeous scenery and the sweet kids making innocent trouble in the fields. There’s a tender sweetness to the country, something intangible that brings us back to those sweet times that occur so few and far between. We’ve found eight more gorgeous places (
check out our first list here!) to give you something to dream about.
Germantown is the largest place on our list, but the community is so tight knit that it creates a small town oasis outside of Memphis. Plus? Some of the best bbq in the state is at the Germantown Commissary. Have you been?!
This darling town is teeny tiny, with occupancy hardly breaking 2500 folks. It's the second oldest city in the state (Jonesborough is the first) and makes up for its size and age with a fantastic community and cute downtown area.
6) Pigeon Forge
Pigeon Forge may have its share of tourists nowadays, but it has somehow kept that small town charm that so many cities are missing these days. Curling up in a cabin by the fire with a book sounds lovely in the winter, and the locals can tell you the REAL gems of the town - not just the tourist traps.
The county seat of Greene County was named after Nathanael Greene, the renowned Revolutionary War hero. The town of 15,000 has strong historical ties, as this is where former President Andrew Johnson began to build his political career.
Located just outside Nashville, Lebanon is a darling little town with big character. It's a great place for families to begin and grow, plus their holidays and festivals are top notch. Check the city website for details!
Ten thousand people, a big ol' fish and a replica of the Eiffel Tower give this town the chuckling sense of humor that you'll find speckled across Tennessee. The people are good, the food is killer and it's nestled in the country about ninety miles from Nashville.
2) Signal Mountain
It's not Signal Mountain itself, but a tiny town situated right outside Chattanooga. This place is stunning. Less than 9,000 people call this natural stunner home, and the tight community reflects all that southern hospitality has to offer.
1) Johnson City
There's a reason Johnson City is mentioned in every country song since, well. Forever. This east Tennessee gem was ranked #14 for the best places to build a small business by Forbes, and was also #5 as one of the least expensive cities in the US by Kiplinger. We'd say that earns it a #1 spot in our book, don't you think?
Alright, Tennessee. Do we have any small town natives? Sound off in the comments below!