Tennessee February 13, 2018
7 Sleepy Small Towns In Tennessee Where Things Never Seem To Change
Tennessee is home to big, bustling cities and the sweet, sleepy town. It’s a state that manages to foster the beauty found in such a dichotomy, one that has the ability to keep the economy of Music City running just as well as the teenier towns that pop up amongst our western farmland. These seven sleepy towns are some of our favorites, but we know we missed a few – leave your favorites in the comments below! We’d love to explore what you love, Tennessee.
Townsend, Tennessee is home to less than 500 people according to the 2010 census, and it remains a sweet, sleepy town in 2018. Here you can experience the true heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, fall in love with an experience at the nearby Tuckaleechee Cavern or simply soak in all the natural beauty rife throughout the town.
Jonesborough is known as the oldest town in Tennessee, its inception preceding even that of the state. The architecture is amazing, a true step back in time, and it's a neat thing to take part in the local festivals and celebratory events that hone in on all that makes this town so historic.
Arlington has grown in leaps and bounds over the last decade or so, but its a true example of a booming city that has managed to wrangle the calm beauty that makes small town Tennessee so special. We'd recommend a visit - or maybe a move?
Dayton, Tennessee has gone down in history for the Scopes Monkey Trial, but it has also managed to remain sweet and sleepy despite its population growth in the last couple years. The whole state of Tennessee seems to have experienced an infusion of newbies in the last few years, and Dayton reps affordable real estate and a hospitable community to boot.
3. Tellico Plains
Tellico Plains is teeny tiny, with a population that comes in at under 1,000 Tennesseans. It's known as the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains, and you have access to the Cherohala Skyway, Bald River Falls and the Cherokee National Forest from this beautiful east Tennessee town.
2. Bell Buckle
A day trip to Bell Buckle, Tennessee is the perfect way to spend a lazy Saturday or quiet weekend. It may be best known for its RC Cola & Moon Pie festival in the summertime, but it is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Bell Buckle Historic District. How's that for a bit of history, folks?
1. Leipers Fork
Oh, Leipers Fork. What a beautiful place. Located roughly a half hour into the wilderness past Franklin, Tennessee, this tiny town makes up for its size with a whole lot of personality and natural beauty. It takes up only 1,100 acres and is home to roughly 650 Tennesseans.
You can continue to explore the heart of our great state with a
tour at this eerie Tennessee cave.