Nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Polk County is rich in natural beauty and steeped in cultural heritage. Recreation opportunities are abundant here, as three Tennessee rivers weave ever so gracefully through the land.
Old-fashioned Southern hospitality can be found everywhere in Polk County, on the streets of our small towns, in restaurants and shops, at the lake and on the trails. The Appalachian spirit is ever present.
This breathtaking area provides something for everyone, no matter what the season. If you seek high adventure or the solitude of nature, the opportunities are unlimited.
Polk County, Tennessee is the home of the Ocoee River, so you can challenge yourself against the rapids on THE #1 whitewater rafting river in the eastern United States. Or take a milder, family-friendly float trip down the scenic Hiwassee River Blueway! Also the Gateway to the Cherokee National Forest, Polk County is a favorite for hunters and fishermen, as well as campers, hikers, families, mountain bikers and photographers.
Train lovers and kids of all ages will enjoy the Hiwassee River Rail Adventure, a trip that will take you to the top of the famous “Hiwassee Loop” where the tracks cross over themselves as they corkscrew up a mountain. History buffs will delight in museums, historic sites, Civil War history and Cherokee heritage. Antique hunters and collectors will be right at home in our shops and galleries. Our southern Appalachian music and art will nourish your soul.
Whether you choose to stay in a cabin, inn, bed & breakfast, or campground you will experience true Southern Hospitality, and leave feeling like family, with memories you replay again and again.