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Knox County

People of Knox County enjoy a variety of recreational opportunities, cultural events and thriving businesses. Knoxville is the largest city in the county and is also home to the University of Tennessee. Football is serious business in Knoxville, and many of its residents can be found cheering on the UT Volunteers at Neyland Stadium in the fall.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, one of the most popular national parks in the country, is only a short drive from Knox County and offers many opportunities for vacationing, hiking, backpacking and white water rafting. Mountains and valleys dominate the landscape of East Tennessee and provide a beautiful backdrop to many places in Knox County. The county also boasts an extensive greenway system used by walkers, runners and bikers. The Urban Wilderness is Knoxville’s newest greenway addition and is easily accessed from downtown.

Knoxville’s vibrant downtown venues attract events and festivals throughout the year. Explore a robust farmers’ market, the International Biscuit Festival, and a variety of performances at the historic Tennessee and Bijou Theaters. World’s Fair Park and Volunteer Landing invite vistiors to enjoy open green spaces and a waterfront view. Market Square provides an outdoor gathering place for residents and hosts many restaurants, boutique shops and other businesses that make Knoxville a cultural gem.

Local businesses range from mom-and-pop shops to corporate powerhouses. A low cost of living attracts companies to do business in Knox County and these businesses foster a strong workforce and a low unemployment rate. Shopping and dining options abound; Turkey Creek offers everything from small specialty stores to major shopping outlets and casual cafes to fine dining establishments. Whether you enjoy city life, outdoor adventures, live entertainment or just a quiet night at home, Knox County has everything you need.

Blount County

Blount County is one of the oldest counties in Tennessee and is home to about 120,000 people. The county offers a variety of geographic, economic and cultural features. More than 100 manufacturing plants do business in Blount County; some of the largest employers include the Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA), Denso Manufacturing, Rubbermaid and Blount Memorial Hospital. Blount County is just south of Knox County and convenient to both downtown and west Knoxville. McGhee Tyson Airport serves as the main regional airport for East Tennessee and is also located within Blount County.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park resides partially in Blount County and spans its eastern border. The GSMNP is one of the nation’s most beloved parks and attracts about 10 million visitors a year. To the west, a series of man-made lakes created by the Tennessee Valley Authority provide ample opportunity for recreational boating, fishing and water sports all while delivering electric power to much of east Tennessee and the surrounding area. The Foothills Parkway bisects Blount County and allows for scenic travel off the beaten path.

Maryville is the county’s largest town and has many of the conveniences of a larger city with the slower pace of a small town. A seasonal farmers’ market, downtown boutique shopping and the annual Foothills Fall Festival foster that small-town feel and sense of community. Maryville boasts an extensive park and greenway system enjoyed by its residents, and Maryville College and the Clayton Center for the Arts attract young talent and cultural icons to the area.

Just east of Maryville, Townsend directly borders the Smoky Mountains and is known as a quieter alternative to the popular destinations of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Here you’ll find small craft shops and restaurants but no fast food joints or big box stores. Townsend is a popular place to rent a mountain cabin, relax on the banks of the Little River or take in an event like Old Timer’s Day, where visitors can learn about regional heritage, enjoy bluegrass music and attend a moonshine still demonstration.

Jefferson County

Jefferson County sits among the foothills of east Tennessee, surrounded by rugged mountains, blue lakes and rolling farmland. Jefferson County is one of the oldest counties in the state and was named for Thomas Jefferson.

Douglas Lake and Cherokee Lake are man-made lakes created by TVA in the 1940’s to generate power in the Tennessee Valley. Today, residents of Jefferson County enjoy boating, camping and fishing along these waterways. Several golf courses also dot the landscape for those who want to tee off among the beauty of the area.

Carson-Newman College can be found in the heart of Jefferson City, the county’s largest city, and it attracts national acclaim for its academic and athletic programs. Jefferson County is a short drive from Knoxville, the Smoky Mountains and other popular attractions in the surrounding area.

Loudon County

Loudon County, surrounded by mountains and lakes, is located just south of Knoxville and allows easy access to the southern section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Motorcycle enthusiasts enjoy riding the Tail of the Dragon on Highway 129, while history buffs appreciate the area’s notable Native American, Revolutionary War and Civil War sites.

Lenoir City offers the conveniences of a larger city with the charm of a small town. Historic downtown sites, good schools and easy access to beautiful lakes and parks make Lenoir City a comfortable place to call home. Tellico Village is a popular planned community located on the shores of Tellico Lake. Residents enjoy a yacht club, championship golf courses and proximity to Knoxville’s shopping, dining and entertainment options.

Sevier County

Sevier County, named for Tennessee’s first governor, sits at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains and attracts millions of people each year with its famed shopping, dining and entertainment venues. Sevier County is proud to be the home of Dolly Parton and host to Dolly’s beloved theme park, Dollywood, and its warm-weather waterpark cousin Splash Country.

The three most popular towns, Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, are located consecutively along Highway 66. Sevierville and Pigeon Forge both host extensive shopping and entertainment possibilities, including Tanger Outlets, The Titanic Museum and The Dixie Stampede. Gatlinburg’s popular downtown strip hosts multitudes of stores, restaurants and candy shops. Crowds fill the streets of Gatlinburg during summer to enjoy the cooler mountain temperatures and during winter to enjoy the town’s holiday festivities. A thriving arts and crafts community also calls Gatlinburg home; just 3 miles from Gatlinburg’s downtown, the Arts and Crafts Trail winds through the hills leading to the largest group of independent artists and craftspeople in America.


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