Tellico Plains, Starr Mountain and Coker Creek

Bald River Falls, Tellico Plains, TN

The mountains are calling and I must go.

-John Muir


     So, you have heard the call and you are intrigued with the idea of a new home, a more relaxing lifestyle and the opportunity to create a healthier way of living. We invite you to explore all the possibilities in Tellico Plains, Coker Creek and Reliance in East Tennessee.      

     Setting a little over an hour south of Knoxville and the Great Smoky Mountains is a small area setting between Starr Mountain and a 5,400+ foot mountain peak that spans the border of North Carolina and Tennessee. This area is rich in heritage and its unique character is evident as you meander along the winding roads that connect Starr Mountain, the outskirts of Englewood as well as the Towns of Reliance, Tellico Plains and Coker Creek.

     It is here at the gate way to the Cherokee National Forest and in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains where you will see arts and crafts showcased in local galleries, hear Song Farmer's pick a bluegrass tune in the town square, smell sweet spring honeysuckles and sense a fascinating history that includes moonshiners, the Trail of Tears, wagon trains and gold.

     Affectionately known as 'The Little Town with the Big Back Yard', Tellico Plains attracts  people with a passion for nature and and a thirst for adventure! Camping, photography, bird watching, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, hunting, and world class trout fishing can be enjoyed year round in our moderate mountain temperatures.

     For outdoor enthusiasts who prefer to explore the forest on horseback, by off-road vehicle or by foot, there are hundreds of lush green trails including the Benton MacKaye portion of the Appalachian Trail. Rugged terrain and a sparse human population provide diverse habitats for native wildlife. With more than 20,000 species of plants and animals thriving here; this 640,000 acre forest is one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth.

     In Tellico Plains, local restaurants serve everything from southern barbecue and deli sandwiches to wood fired pizza and traditional American cuisine but, it is the famed Tellico Grains Bakery, that you should put at the top of your must experience list.

     A yoga studio, a 24/7 gym, The Charles Hall Museum, and a walking trail are among the amenities available within a comfortable distance from the historic town square. This open air space also serves as a backdrop for popular community events including an annual square dance, a Christmas candlelight walk, classic car shows, the Cherohala Challenge, the Annual Cherohala Festival, craft fairs, a wagon train parade, rodeos and performances by local musicians.

     Motorcycle and automobile enthusiasts can take in the sights and sounds of nature including Bald River Falls on a leisurely drive across the Cherohala Skyway (a 43 mile long and 1 mile high scenic road) as it meanders through the Cherokee and Nantahala National Forests . Diverse habitats within the forest are home to approximately 262 species of birds, black bears and wild boars. Unlike the national parks, this area remains wild and is not well suited for tourists who desire modern conveniences and amenities. 

     Drive a few miles south of the Cherohala Skyway, you will find an old gold panning town nestled into the mountains. Named for the waterway that winds through the village, Coker Creek is as picturesque as it is rich in wildlife and Cherokee Indian history.

     Slightly north and west of Tellico Plains and the Cherohala Skyway, Starr Mountain rises from the valley and runs to the Hiwasee River in Reliance. The secrets of an old hotel, Panther Cave, a recently discovered carved rock and a hermit named Mason Evans remain hidden deep within this forest. 

     Much of the total acreage on Starr Mountain is public land offering horseback riders, dual sport enthusiasts and photographers dozens of trails and exquisite mountain views. For bird watchers, the banks of the Hiwassee are a great place to spot Bald Eagles and Osprey along with several species of migratory birds.  Outdoor recreation is the primary social activity among residents here but, the annual Ramp Festival and music performances at Flip Flop Burgers on the River provide other opportunities to play with family, friends and neighbors.

     Homes in this area tend to be as unique as the land on which they are built. Bucolic family farms and gently rolling hills rest on the sunrise-side of Starr Mountain down Highway 315 to Reliance while cozy cabins and secluded getaway homes can be spotted between the trees in Rafter and dotting the banks of the Tellico River. From secluded mountain retreats and off grid cabins to affordable single family homes and working farms; housing options are bound only by the limits of your imagination.

     When you decide to build or buy a home in Tellico Plains, Coker Creek or Reliance; you will become a part of a small community of individuals who cherish their investment in a quieter lifestyle along the road less traveled.           

     If you are ready to begin looking for a home or would like to know more about living in East Tennessee; please feel free to call us with any questions. We appreciate the opportunity to serve you and we welcome you to your next best adventure!