Tennessee February 21, 2017
There’s A Tiny Town In Tennessee Completely Surrounded By Breathtaking Natural Beauty
Tellico Plains is located in East Tennessee, a small town in Monroe County that holds the key to our state’s greatest known natural beauty. It was named for the nearby Tellico River, although the history of this plot of land goes deep and wide. It doesn’t hurt that it’s accented by the Cherohala Skyway, either. Care to adventure out with us?
Tellico Plains was incorporated in 1911, and went by many names before Tennessee settled on its current monker. Names that include Great Tellico, Teliquo, Tallequah, Great Terriquo and Talikwa.
There are less than 1,000 people currently living in Tellico Plains, with a population fluctuating around 880. It makes for a tight community and sweet atmosphere, a small town nestled at the foot of a great beauty.
Here, you can see Tellico Plains in 1938. The history of the area goes back over 10,000 years, however, with a deep and beautiful tie to Native American culture. Archaeological points have tied the area to a Cherokee settlement that thrived for many years before the encroachment of European settlers.
We keep mentioning beautiful places and stunning spots around Tellico Plains - and we weren't kidding. It's at the foot of the Cherohala Skyway and boasts the Cherokee National Forest, two of the most widely trafficked scenic areas in the state.
The Cherohala Skyway is a 43-mile National Scenic Byway that runs from Tellico Plains, Tennessee to Robbinsville, North Carolina. It passes through two national forests and boasts some of the most beautiful views on the east side of the state.
We'd recommend visiting during autumn - the fall colors are absolutely stunning!
The Cherokee National Forest is a 640,000 acre forest that can be accessed from Tellico Plains, as well. It's a popular place for hiking, fishing and the occasional trip to a hidden swimming hole. Millions of visitors flock from all around to visit.
Did you know there are 20,000 species of plants and animals in the Cherokee National Forest? It's known as one of the most diverse parks in Tennessee when it comes to wildlife.
Tellico Plains may be small, but it boasts many a big adventure. Head to Tellico River or Bald River Falls, enjoy a leisurely drive across state lines on the Cherohala Skyway, wander through the Cherokee National Forest. This is a place rife with beauty an history, topped up on some of the most beautiful scenery Tennessee has to offer.
Have you been to Tellico Plains? We'd love to know your favorites tips and tricks and adventure stories in the comments below! Maybe this gorgeous sunset from the Skyway will jog your memory...
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