Tellico Plains, Tenn.

Eight hundred years ago, across the southeastern region of North America, the great Mississippian civilization flourished. Artisans crafted stone and metal into objects of sublime beauty. Farmers grew vast fields of corn on the river bottomlands. Read more


Plainly beautiful

Sarah E. Kucharski photo

The central square of Tellico Plains is tucked away amid a small gathering of shops and restaurants. Though there’s not much by way of hustle and bustle, one can happily spend an afternoon in town. Read more

Cherohala view

N.C. Department of tourism and sports development photo

The road has been compared to the Blue Ridge Parkway, but it’s less traveled than the Parkway and the views show no signs of civilization. It winds through mountainous forest to almost 5,400 feet in elevation and descending to less than 900 feet. Read more