Quality of Life
A Remarkable Way of Life.
Nestled among mountains, rivers and lakes, Monroe County is a beautiful place to visit and an even better place to live. As the sixth largest county by land area in Tennessee, Monroe County offers endless beauty, historic significance and excellent outdoor adventure opportunities. A relaxed lifestyle, with outstanding golf courses and resorts, attracts both visitors and residents.
Outdoor recreation, rich heritage, historic charm and eclectic events are just a few reasons people from around the world come to visit. The mild climate, low cost of living, excellent education and friendly people entice many of those visitors to make Monroe County home.
From the rivers and lakes to the state and national parks, Monroe County offers all kinds of adventure on water and land. Drive or take your motorcycle along the stunning vistas of the Cherohala Skyway, stop at the visitor center and then hike through the amazing landscape of the Cherokee National Forest. Fish, boat and enjoy all the watersports of Tellico Lake, Chilhowee Lake, Calderwood Lake, the Little Tennessee River and Tellico River. If you decide to make Monroe County home, life in Rarity Bay on Tellico Lake is the place to be.
Monroe County's restored Fort Loudoun predates the Revolutionary War and is a venue for reenactmants and historic events throughout the year. There are many Civil War sites and trails as well as mining and historic Native American attractions. Visit the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum and learn more about the history and culture of the Cherokee tribes. Explore the Charles Hall Museum to get a unique glimpse at Appalachian history. The museum contains the largest collection of telephones in the United States. Stop by Coker Creek Welcome Center and Post Office to learn about the area's well-preserved heritage.
Historic Town Squares
The main streets and downtowns in Monroe County are home to unique shopping and undiscovered treasures. Madisonville's historic town square features the beautifully preserved Monroe County Courthouse, among quaint shops and restaurants. Downtown Sweetwater is home to some of the best antique shopping, as well as other charming shops and one-of-a-kind restaurants. Throughout the year, these areas are home to annual festivals and fun events.