Monroe County is located southwest of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in a quiet, tranquil section of east Tennessee. You can easily get here by traveling on interstate 75. Although Monroe County is located less than an hour from Knoxville or Chattanooga, there are plenty of breathtaking views, great fishing, fun things to do with the family and superb hiking trails.<
This is the sixth largest county in land area in the entire state and former homeland of the Cherokee Indians. The Cherokee National Forest comprises 1/3 of the county with 189 miles of trails for hikers, bikers and horses. The Cherokee National Forest is Tennessee's only nationalfForest and located here is the Cherohala Skyway one of America's Byways.
Monroe County Statistics:
Average year-round temperature/weather:
Rainfall (in.) 53.1
Snowfall (in.) 2.1
Avg. July High 88.1
Avg. Jan. Low 27.6
Median price of homes: $99,700
Cost of living: Monroe County's cost of living is 18.82% Lower than the U.S. average.
2008 cost of living index in Monroe County: 80.2 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Population of city/county and/or median age: 44,848 (2009)
Median resident age: 36.8
Recreational and Cultural: Bald River Falls
Coker Creek Falls
Charles Hall Museum
Coker Creek Village
The Lost Sea Adventure
Sequoyah Birthplace Museum
Sweetwater Heritage Museum
Sweetwater Valley Farm - Tennessee Cheddar
Sweetwater Flea Market
Vonore Heritage Museum
Unicoi Turnpike Trail
Parks Kefauver Park
Sweetwater Duck Park
Fort Loudon State Park
Education: Coker Creek Elementary
Rural Vale Elementary
Tellico Plains Elementary
Tellico Plains Junior High
Tellico Plains High
Colleges and Universities Hiwassee Colleege
Cleveland State Community College
Shopping: Foothills Mall
West Town Mall
Medical Facilities: Sweetwater Hospital Assoication
Violent crime is higher than U.S. average of 3, but property crime is low.
Additional Information: Cities and towns * Madisonville
* Tellico Plains
RARITY BAY Located on a 960-acre peninsula in Vonore, Tennessee, Rarity Bay is a planned lakefront community home for people with a discriminating taste for the unique. The French Country architecture accentuates the homesites, with the added bonus of golf, waterfront living and just a short drive away to all of the refinements of Knoxville. Golfing, tennis, swimming, horseback riding, boating, dining, or just relaxing, Rarity Bay has all of your living needs.
Rarity Bay's location makes the community accessible to all the conveniences of not only Knoxville, but also cities like Nashville, Atlanta, Birmingham and the rest of the country. There is no shortage of culture, entertainment and recreation to be experienced in East Tennessee.
Rarity Bay Statistics: Average year-round temperature/weather: 59 degrees Price range of homes: Homesites from low $100,000 to $500,000+
Homes from $200,000 to $1 million+
Cost of living: 81.2 (low, US average is 100)
Population of city: Vonore population = 1,162
Recreational and Cultural:
Championship 18-hole golf course
Miles of walking trails
Clubhouse with fine dining, bar and patio areas
Community boat slips
The Appalachian Ballet Company has been providing high-quality dance performances for the greater Knoxville area since 1972.
The East Tennessee Concert Band is a professional, adult community organization which provides quality concert events to the East Tennessee area.
The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting jazz music in East Tennessee.
Education: * Roane State Community College (About 28 Miles; Harriman, Tn; Full-Time Enrollment: 3,490)
* The University Of Tennessee (About 31 Miles; Knoxville, Tn; Ft Enrollment: 23,333)
* Pellissippi State Technical Community College (About 31 Miles; Knoxville, Tn; Ft Enrollment: 5,196)
* Lee University (About 47 Miles; Cleveland, Tn; Ft Enrollment: 3,171)
* Cleveland State Community College (About 47 Miles; Cleveland, Tn; Ft Enrollment: 2,022)
* Carson-Newman College (About 55 Miles; Jefferson City, Tn; Ft Enrollment: 2,073)
* Western Carolina University (About 66 Miles; Cullowhee, Nc; Ft Enrollment: 5,843)
Shopping: Belz Factory Outlet
Knoxville Center Mall
Pigeon Forge Factory Outlet Mall
Tanger Factory Outlet
West Town Mall
Medical Facilities: * Fort Sanders Loudon Medical Center (about 11 miles; loudon, tn
* Sweetwater Hospital Association (about 11 miles; sweetwater, tn)
Extra Info: Rarity Bay is a private gated community offering supreme waterfront living, custom homes, villa-style homes as well as condos. Residential prices range from under $300,000 to well over $2,000,000. The Country Club offers great golfing, casual and fine dining, outdoor swimming and a fitness center. There is even a beautiful Equestrian Center complete with stables, riding trails, a show arena and picturesque pastures. The arena is a frequent host for local horse shows and rodeos.
Within a three-hour drive you can be in Nashville, TN, Atlanta, Georgia, Lexington, Kentucky or Asheville, N.C. Located approximately 30 miles from Knoxville.