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Monroe County, TN FAQs

  • established in 1819 and named in honor of James Monroe, the fifth President of the United States
  • was originally part of the Cherokee Nation, and the Cherokee ceded the land to the United States in 1819
  • During the Civil War, Monroe County was divided in its loyalties, with some residents supporting the Union and others supporting the Confederacy. 
  • The county was the site of several skirmishes and raids, including a raid by Confederate General Joseph Wheeler in 1863

Monroe County is home to several notable landmarks, including:

  1. The Tellico Blockhouse
    • this historic fortification was built in 1794 by the United States Army as a defense against Native American attacks

  2. The Hiwassee River Rail Adventure
    • this scenic train ride takes passengers through the beautiful Hiwassee River Gorge and is a popular attraction for tourists

  3. The Cherohala Skyway
    • this scenic drive winds through the mountains of Monroe County and offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape

  4. The Sequoyah Birthplace Museum
    • This museum is dedicated to the life and legacy of Sequoyah, the Cherokee leader who developed the Cherokee syllabary

  5. The Fort Loudoun State Historic Park
    • located on the site of Fort Loudoun, a historic fortification built by the British in 1756

  6. The Coker Creek Falls
    • located in the Cherokee National Forest and is a popular destination for hikers and nature lovers

  7. The Monroe County Courthouse
    • This historic building, located in downtown Madisonville, was built in 1897 and features classic architecture

  8. The Tellico Plains Mountain View Drive
    • This scenic drive offers breathtaking views of the mountains and valleys of Monroe County

  9. The Tennessee Overhill Heritage Association
    • This organization promotes the history and culture of the Cherokee and other indigenous people of the region.
  1. Hiking and camping – The county is home to the Cherokee National Forest, which offers numerous hiking and camping opportunities.
  2. Fishing and boating – The Hiwassee River and Tellico Lake offer excellent fishing and boating opportunities.
  3. Water sports – Visitors can enjoy water skiing, wakeboarding, and tubing on the lakes and rivers in the county.
  4. Scenic drives – Monroe County is located in a beautiful part of the state and offers several scenic drives, including the Cherohala Skyway and the Tellico Plains Mountain View Drive.
  5. Hunting – The county has several wildlife management areas that offer hunting opportunities for deer, turkey, and other game.
  6. Horseback riding – Visitors can enjoy horseback riding through the scenic countryside of Monroe County.
  7. Golf – The county has several golf courses, including the Kahite Golf Course and the Rarity Bay Golf and Country Club.
  8. Festivals and events – Monroe County is home to several annual festivals and events, including the Monroe County Fair and the Tellico Plains Mountainfest.
  9. Biking – The county has several trails that are popular among cyclists, including the Tellico River Road and the Ocoee River Greenway.

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