Tellico Plains gets its names from the Cherokee capital of Telliquah, which was once on the shores of the Tellico River. The town sits on about 4,000 acres of near perfectly level plains with steep hills surrounding it. Tellico Plains was incorporated in 1911.

Tellico Plains is a small, unique mountain town that sits right at the entrance to one of the nation’s premiere Scenic Byways—the Cherohala Skyway and the Cherokee National Forest.

Here, you will find warm and friendly people that welcome you to enjoy all of the natural resources and beauty that Tellico Plains has to offer.
Our region is full of outdoor activity. From hiking, boating, fishing, kayaking, hunting and more, visitors will find an abundance of activity for all ages to enjoy in our “little town with the big backyard.”
The Culture Trip, a one-stop digital platform for global culture and lifestyle, recently compiled a list of the 10 most beautiful towns in Tennessee and Monroe County’s Tellico Plains was named number six. The Culture Trip’s Rachel Nipper described the town by saying: “Located in Southeastern Tennessee is the ‘gateway to the Cherokee National Forest.’ A charming antiquated

mountain town in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, Tellico Plains’ beautiful, mountainous scenery, rolling countryside, quaint farmlands, and scenic pathways make it a perfect getaway for those seeking a simpler way of life and breathtaking views.

Due to its commitment to recreation and hard work on improving the city parks system, Tellico Plains earned Playful City, USA distinction in 2015. The national recognition

program honors cities and towns across the country for making their cities more playable. Only 241 communities received the recognition this past year. In our historic downtown area, visitors will nd themselves right in the middle of small town USA. With a variety of specialty shops of arts and crafts, along with dining options, folks can enjoy hours of a relaxed atmosphere and that is what makes Tellico Plains a place that feels like home, no matter how long you’ve been here.

Make sure to come visit the “little town with the big backyard” and see for yourself all Tellico Plains and its people have to offer.



Mayor Patrick Hawkins