Quality of Life
Natural, untouched beauty.
Cocke County is home to miles of trails and acres of natural beauty, much of it untouched. The breathtaking scenery welcomes tourists and outdoor adventurers from all over the world as well as creates the perfect landscape for agribusiness.
The affordable cost of living draws people to Cocke County to live and work, and the close-knit, supportive community keeps people here for the long term and even draws in a thriving group of retirees. With beautiful scenery, a fun atmosphere and a heritage of craftsmanship that extends to the many shops and restaurants, Cocke County has a quality of life like no other.
Outdoor enthusiasts will love Cocke County. Hikers, fishermen, rafters and wildflower and wildlife enthusiasts enjoy the thousands of acres of parks in the county. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited national park in the United States, as well as Cherokee National Forest, Martha Sundquist State Forest and the Appalachian Trail all lie within Cocke County.
The arts and crafts and festival cultures are alive and well in Cocke County. The longest running festival in the state, the Ramp Festival, has recently been revitalized and moved to a more spacious venue, the Cocke County Fairgrounds. In the fall, residents and visitors enjoy a festival nearly every weekend. Throughout the year, talented artisans offer their goods in shops and booths across the county.
Six miles of the Appalachian Trail traverses Cocke County, while Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Martha Sunquist State Forest and Cherokee National Forest offer even more outdoor adventure.