Thank you, David Cooper, for the beautiful Bald River Falls video!
Bald River Falls
Bald River Falls: Located on Forest Service Road 210. From the Highway 165 in Tellico where you turn right to go up the river, drive 4.5 miles to the turn off to Bald River Falls. The Bald River Falls turn off is clearly marked on the right hand side of the Skyway. You can view Bald River Falls without leaving your vehicle.
Located on Forest Service Road 210 off Highway 165.
Charles Hall Museum
The Charles Hall Museum is 5000 square feet of local history. It consists of more than 200 guns, an extensive telephone collection, and an impressive coin collection, among many other items. You can also find many antiques that were used by Tellico residents over the years. Mr. Hall has on display the most extensive collection of historical photos of the area. The Charles Hall Museum is packed with antiques from centuries past, and 99% of the items in the museum are his own personal collection. The museum has been a life long dream of Mr. Hall’s and now he is gets great pleasure in being able to share his collections with the public. Visit the Museum gift shop for books, maps, apparel, souvenirs, and fine gifts. Proceeds from your purchases help us to keep our museum open and our admission free.
Cherohala Skyway National Scenic Byway
The Cherohala Skyway was opened and dedicated in 1996. The road has been designated a National Scenic Byway. The Cherohala Skyway crosses through the Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee and the Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina. The Cherohala Skyway is located in southeast Tennessee and southwest North Carolina. The Skyway connects Tellico Plains, Tennessee, with Robbinsville, North Carolina, and is about 50 miles long. The elevations range from 900 feet above sea level at the Tellico River in Tennessee to over 5400 feet above sea level at the Tennessee-North Carolina state line at Haw Knob.
Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center
The new state-of-the-art Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center offers friendly local and area information about lodging, attractions and shopping. Free maps of the Cherohala Skyway, the Cherokee National Forest and surrounding area are available. The gift shop is a “don’t miss”, offering Skyway souvenirs, educational materials and a variety of tee shirts among other items.
Cherokee National Forest
Over 300,000 acres of National Forest is a great outdoor recreation area. You can experience hiking, camping, horseback riding trails, fishing, kayaking, and hunting.
For hunting and fishing information call Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency 800-332-0900 or website
Chota Memorial Sequoyah Birthplace Museum
Along the Little Tellico River lies Chota Memorial, a full scale representation of the townhouse, or council house, originally erected by the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians. The memorial sits in the same location as the original structure. The structure was used for public ceremonies and social events.
Citico Wildlife Wilderness
This is not a “drive thru” park. Due to the rugged terrain, you will be transported in a 4-wheel drive vehicle designed for your comfort and safety. A full canopy provides protection from the sun and rain without impeding your view of the animals and their surroundings.
As most of the animals are roaming free in a natural habitat, we must work around their schedules. They are most active early in the morning and late in the afternoon. Respecting their natural biological cycles, we only give two tours per day to a maximum of 25 guests.
Coker Creek Village
A non-denominational Christian Adventure and Retreat Center located in the heart of the Tennessee historic gold district, offers mountain adventure and excursions for youth and adult groups (8 people minimum). Enjoy gold panning, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, hiking, biking, climbing wall or just rest and relax.
Coker Creek Welcome Center
Coker Creek is a quiet, mountain community nestled in the Cherokee National Forest, rich in history, heritage, and surrounded by unprecedented natural beauty. It is a place where past meets present in an unspoiled wonder. You can enjoy hiking, gold panning, and many other outdoor activities or you can rent a cabin and escape from it all. Enjoy the mountain splendor and natural attractions the area offers. Experience the studios and fine craft galleries where local artisans are hard at work.
12197 New Hwy. 68
Coker Creek, TN 37314
Fort Loudoun State Historic Park
Today at Fort Loudoun State Historic Park you can visit a replica of the 18th Century British fort that stood very near this site in the mid-1700’s. Enjoy scheduled reenactments on Garrison Weekends, tour the ruins of the Tellico Blockhouse, or have a picnic at the park. Situated on the banks of Lake Tellico, the park offers fishing, swimming, and hiking trails in addition to the events at the Fort. Be sure to join us for the 18th Century Trade Faire on the weekend following Labor Day.
As the county seat, Madisonville is the oldest town in Monroe County. The historic town square features the Monroe County courthouse, scene of the only Civil War skirmish in the county. From the steps of the courthouse in 1886, brothers Robert and Alf Taylor launched their famous political campaigns for governor which became known as the War of the Roses. In 1956, native son U.S. Senator Estes Kefauver, one of the most influential congressional leaders of the 20th century, officially announced his campaign for Vice-President of the U.S. Come shop, eat, an stroll the downtown square.
Pheasant Fields Fish Rearing Pools
Visit the Pheasant Fields Rearing Pools, a fish hatchery operated by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. See the trout being raised to stock area rivers. Located 17 miles from Tellico Plains up Tellico River Road/State #210.
Tellico River Road
Tellico Plains, TN 37385
423.253.2661 Ranger Station
Purdy’s Petting Zoo
Every animal we have Loves to eat out of your hands: Nigerian Dwarf Goats, Hawaiian Black Sheep, shetland miniature Sheep, Barbados Black bellied sheep, Tennessee Fainting Goats, Alpacas and Llamas, Miniature Sicilian Donkeys, Dromedary Camel, Japanese Sika Deer, Buffalo, Miniature Zebu from India, Miniature Horse, Ponies, rabbits, Peacocks, Turkeys, Ducks, Japanese Silkie Chickens and Guineas. PANNING FOR GOLD, PONY RIDES, FISHING IN OUR STOCKED CATFISH POND, HAY RIDES and our shaded picnic area.
Rarity Bay Golf Course
Rarity Bay’s Championship golf course is a par-72, 18-hole masterpiece designed by D.J. DeVictor and Peter Langham. The breathtaking Great Smoky Mountains and Lake Tellico sit beyond the 150 acres that make up this course. Whether you play recreationally or competitively, you will find Rarity Bay’s golf course to be a fun and challenging course to experience. Take pleasure in every turn and curve of the course as you also enjoy the spectacular natural beauty that surrounds Rarity Bay.
In the early 1900’s, Charles A. Scott was a leading figure in the industrial and farming activities of Monroe County, Tennessee. Successful from the start in the regional timber and lumber business, he eventually bought up and operated large and valuable farms adjoining the town of Tellico Plains for a large mercantile establishment. His progressive experimentation with lime fertilizer, crops, and breeds of cattle influenced regional farming techniques. He was actively involved in Tellico Plains’ development, recruiting the Stokely Company, financing local schools, and selling or donating vast amounts of his 15,000 acre holdings during his lifetime to expand the town.
Tellico Plains, TN 37385
Sequoyah Birthplace Museum
The Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, a property of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, strives to promote the understanding and appreciation of the history of the Cherokee people.
Sequoyah was born circa 1776 at the village of Tuskeegee, which was very near where the Museum is today. His father was Nathaniel Gist, a Virginia fur trader. His mother was Wut-teh, daughter of a Cherokee Chief.
Sequoyah married a Cherokee, had a family and was a silversmith by trade. Sequoyah and other Cherokees enlisted on the side of the United States under General Andrew Jackson to fight the British troops and the Creek Indians in the war of 1812.
Although Sequoyah was exposed to the concept of writing early in his life, he never learned the English alphabet. He began to toy with the idea of literacy for the Cherokee people. Unlike the white soldiers, he and the other Cherokees were not able to write letters home, read military orders, or record events as they occurred. After the war, he began in earnest to create a writing system for the Cherokees.
Sweetwater Flea Market
SWEETWATER FLEA MARKET is Tennessee’s largest indoor/outdoor Flea Market with over 500 spaces to shop. Open Sat. & Sun. 8AM-5PM.
Sweetwater Heritage Museum
Memorabilia and photographs are used to help visitors step back in time.
North and High Streets
Sweetwater, TN 37874
Hours: 2:00-4:00 on Sat. and Sun.
Sweetwater Valley Farm – Tennessee Cheddar
We offer farm walking tours for much of the year, weather permitting. We offer an extensive tour in which we show what makes a dairy farm a dairy farm. Our tours are reasonably priced at $3 for adults and $2 for children ages 5-17. We also welcome chartered bus tours, church groups, and clubs to call us for appointments and pricing. So come and visit us and see where the milk comes from and how it turns into our wonderful award winning cheeses. During winter hours, call for reservations for tours.
Visiting Sweetwater is like stepping back in time! Our unique shops & attractions are nothing like typical chain stores, malls or outlets. Sweetwater offers a bit of nostalgia along with the charm and friendliness that one would expect in a small southern town. In the historic shopping district you will find shops filled with rare antiques, exquisite home furnishings and décor, original works of art, choice fashion, unique garden gifts, hard to find collectibles, and much more.
The monument was erected in 1989 by the Tennessee Historical Commission Foundation and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), and serves as a reminder to events back to the early 1700’s. Tanasi served as the “Capital of the Cherokee Nation” from 1721 – 1730, and is also of what we now know as the name “Tennessee”.
Message from Owner Steve Bryson: We are a professional outfitter and guide service located in the heart of some of the best fishing that East Tennessee has to offer. We are located in Tellico Plains, TN just minutes away from the famous Tellico River. We offer guided fishing trips in East Tennessee, Western North Carolina and North Georgia. We specialize in guiding fisherman for trout, smallmouth, and striper. We are a fly fishing guide service, but we realize that not everyone is interested in this type of fishing. Therefore, we also offer all of the above trip options to those that prefer using spin fishing equipment. Either way is fine with us, we
A 16,500 acre TVA lake with recreation facilities and world class fishing. For more information call TWRA 800-332-0900. www.state.tn.us/twra
Tellico Plains, TN
Nestled at the foot of the Cherokee National Forest in East Tennessee, Tellico Plains is the perfect rural community. People come to visit, love the “vintage Mountain Town” with all the shops and recreation only to soon become residents that preserve the natural beauty they come to appreciate. The town square is filled with unique arts and craft shops, eateries, and a brick oven bakery. Tellico Plains is home to the largest covered bridge in Tennessee. There is no better entrance to the pleasure of Cherohala Skyway than a stop in Tellico Plains.
The Lost Sea
The Lost Sea – Home of America’s largest underground lake, The Lost Sea is open year round for tours of its mysterious caverns. This US Registered National Landmark is a fun and educational place to visit. Wide sloping walkways take you on an adventure to the many interesting rooms, some of which are among the widest, highest and largest rooms of any caverns in the Southeast. The easy walk down the cavern is rewarded with glass-bottom boat ride on the lake.
Tsali Notch Vineyard
Nestled amidst majestic mountain views and lush greenery in Madisonville, Tennessee, Tsali Notch is a vineyard specializing in Muscadine grapes, which are indigenous to the Southeastern United States. Tsali Notch Vineyards, previously Halo Notch, began producing in September 2004 and is the largest commercial vineyard in Tennessee. We are located in Monroe County, approximately 8 miles off of Interstate 75, in the Cherokee Overhill Heritage Area. The vineyard covers over 30 acres of the 91 acre estate and has over 21 miles of producing vines. The property has an average elevation of 1,150 feet boasting sweeping views of the mountains within the Cherokee National Forest and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Of its 5,450 vines Tsali Notch grows five varieties of muscadines, which include: * Noble-Dark * Carlos-Bronze * Doreen-Bronze * Magnolia-Bronze * Sterling-Bronze. We provide fruit to commercial wineries as well as home wine makers.
Unicoi Turnpike Trail
The route over the southern Appalachians known as the “Unicoi Path” was used for trade and warfare before written history. In the early1800’s the path was improved as a commercial wagon road and became known as the “Unicoi Turnpike.” Segments of this road remain intact – representing what is likely the oldest intact road- bed on public lands in the nation. A 2 1/2 mile section of intact roadbed has been restored for public use and hiking in Monroe County.
A National Millennium Flagship Trail
Please visit the Monroe County Visitor Welcome Center for information.
Vonore Heritage Museum
Located on Church Street across from City Hall and the Library, the Vonore Heritage Museum is filled with memorabilia from the past that defines what life in Vonore was like way back when. On display: miniature replicas of Ft. Loudoun and a pioneer homestead, farm tools and implements, kitchen items and a wood fired cook stove, many items from the Vonore schools and other local memorabilia from the citizens of Vonore.
611 Church St.
Vonore, TN 37885
Hours: Tuesdays and Fridays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum can be toured by appointment as well.
Home to Tellico Lake, a favorite spot for fishing and water enthusiasts. Public beach areas and lakeside camping are available along the shores of the lake. History buffs will want to make a stop in Vonore to visit Sequoyah BirthplaceMuseum and Fort Loudoun State Historic Area. Stop and visit Chota and Tanasi Memorials, former Cherokee villages, which is considered the namesake of the state of Tennessee.