Tennessee January 17, 2018
11 Charming Small Towns In Tennessee You Simply Can’t Ignore In 2018
Tennessee has some of the best and most beautiful places in the world. And from the Mississippi to the Smokies, you won’t find anything as beautiful and interesting as our small towns. With so much history, so many friendly people, and so much absolutely incredible food, there’s truly something for everyone. It’s not too late to make more New Year’s resolutions, folks, so make your 2018 resolution to get out and visit each of these 11 Tennessee small towns.
11. Bell Buckle
June is a great time to
visit Bell Buckle
because that's when the annual RC Cola and Moon Pie festival is held. It's one of the most unique events in the state, and it's definitely worth a visit.
Dayton is the home of the
infamous Scopes Monkey Trial
, but the city has more than this history. The town is known for its incredible restaurants - you can't go wrong no matter where you go.
Gatlinburg might be one of the best known Tennessee small towns, but it's still definitely worth a visit. No matter what time of year you go, this mountain town always has a ton going on. It's also home to the
highest road in the state
Jonesborough is actually
the oldest town in Tennessee
! The town's history is absolutely unmatched. Take the strolling tour from the town's visitors center.
7. Leiper's Fork
Just outside of Franklin in Williamson Country, Leiper's Fork is the
definition of a cute small town
. Hit the antique stores before going to Pucketts Grocery for the best Southern cooking you've ever had.
Did you know that Rogersville was first settled by Davy Crockett's grandparents? It's true! The home that they built in 1775 is still standing in the park downtown. It's one of the quietest towns in the state, a small space
where everyone knows your name
Townsend is known as one of the gateways to the gorgeous Cade's Cove in Great Smoky Mountain State Park. With so much to do in the area,
Townsend is a must-see
for any Tennessean this year.
4. Tellico Plains
sits on the Western end of the Cherohala Skyway, one of the most beautiful drives on the planet. Stop in the town to explore their beautiful Main Street before driving the Skyway.
Cookeville is home to Tennessee Tech University, but that's not all. The town is an outdoor lover's paradise with tons of parks, trails, caves, lakes, and rivers in and around the town. It's also a stop along the way for
this amazing train ride
ride through the state.
Cleveland is another great place to get your outdoors fix. Raft the
nearby Ocoee River
where the 1996 Summer Olympic whitewater kayaking event took place!
1. Union City
is home to the Discovery Park of America, which is definitely one of the state's hidden gems. The museum seems outsized for such a small town, but it's well worth a visit for anyone within driving distance.
While you’re out and about, be sure to check out
this remote restaurant that is to die for.