As Tennessee’s 8th fastest growing community, Loudon County’s affordability, scenic beauty, amenities, resources, temperate climate, and convenient location contribute to the excellent quality of life and desirability to live and work in Loudon County.
Loudon County is surrounded by natural beauty with five major waterways including the Tennessee River, Fort Loudoun Lake, Melton Hill Lake, Tellico Lake, and Watts Bar Lake. The abundance of waterways is why Loudon County is known as the Lakeway to the Smokies.
Often referred to as The Great Lakes of the South, the area boasts world-renown lakes and mountain views.
Loudon County is a short drive to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the nation’s most visited national park with over nine million visitors a year. The Smokies have the most biological diversity of any area in the world’s temperate zone. The park is a sanctuary for a magnificent array of animal and plant life. Stunning panoramic views of the mountains can be seen throughout Loudon County.
Loudon County has a rich historical culture and takes pride in its heritage by promoting heritage tourism and revitalization of its historical assets.
- Low Cost of Living Community with a below average ACCRA composite 87.9
- Loudon County has one of the lowest property tax rate in the State of Tennessee
- Four distinct seasons with a temperate year round climate
- Spring typically lasts from March–June
- Fall typically lasts from September–December
- Average annual high temperature of 68.9° F
- Average annual low temperature of 46.3° F
- Average annual precipitation of 56″
- Average of 11″ of snow annually
Recreation and Culture
- Two active Parks and Recreation programs with many youth and adult activities: Lenoir City Parks and Recreation; Loudon Parks and Recreation
- Two public swimming pools
- Golf courses including Greg Norman’s Tennessee National Signature Course
- Historic downtown theatre, The Lyric Theatre, and Amphitheatre (Tate & Lyle Performing Arts Center)
- School of culture and fine arts
- Historic downtown districts with specialty shops and eateries
- Several arts, crafts, and music festivals throughout the year
- Miles of walking trails and several municipal parks with activities for all ages
Area recreational opportunities include hiking, biking, fishing, camping, climbing, rafting, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, swimming, sporting events and activities, etc.
Downtown Knoxville has many cultural amenities located within a short 30 minute drive of Loudon County. Some of the amenities and activities include art and cultural museums, zoo, orchestra, opera, ballet, musical venues, international cultural centers, etc.
Housing is available for all lifestyle and affordability preferences.
National, regional, and independently owned retailers located in shopping centers throughout Loudon County. Located convenient to urban shopping malls and shopping centers in the Knoxville area. The information provided on this website does not represent a complete list of shopping and dining opportunities, but serves to highlight opportunities in Loudon County and areas within a reasonable driving distance.
Loudon County’s main commercial corridor is located along U.S. Highway 321 in Lenoir City. Commercial business within Lenoir City continues to grow with new shopping and dining opportunities. Historic downtown Lenoir City also offers several shopping and dining alternatives.
- Franklin Shopping Center
- Ingles Shopping Center
- The Market at Town Creek
- Tellico Plaza
- Twin Lakes Shopping Center
- Lenoir Mills
- Downtown Lenoir City – Highway 11
- Additional Dining Along Highway 321 - Aubrey's, Cracker Barrel, Chik-fil-A, Chili's, Captain D's, Dunkin Doughnuts, Shoney's, Subway, Ruby Tuesdays, Krystals, Buddy's BBQ, Gondolier, Ninja Express, Hardee's, McDonald's, Arby's, Wendy's, Taco Bell
The City of Loudon, the County seat, is a growing commercial area, especially in their revitalized historic downtown business district. Highway 72 in Loudon also serves as a main growing commercial corridor for more national and regional commercial businesses.
- Loudon Shopping Center
- Sweetwater Creek (shopping center under construction)
- Cedar Grove Business Park - Country Inn & Suites, Weigels, Shell, Wendy's, Bojangles, Super 8
- Centre 75 Business Park - McDonald's, KFC/Taco Bell, 72 Wine & Spirits
- Historic Downtown Loudon
- Additional Dining - The Cabin Restaurant, Shane's Cafe, Carl's Drive-In, Taco Loco, Vittorino's Cucina Italian Restaurant
Tellico Village, located in Loudon County, is the county’s first and largest retirement community. With nearly 7,000 residents, more shopping and dining alternatives are becoming available in Tellico Village including the new Food Lion supermarket.
Retail: Food Lion Supermarket, Ace Hardware
Restaurants: The Yacht Club, Tanasi Clubhouse, Plaza Restaurant, Subway, Tug Boats
Being adjacent to West Knoxville offers residents of Loudon County the convenience of urban shopping within a very short drive from all areas of the County. Turkey Creek and the Town of Farragut offer a wealth of shopping and dining experiences including national chain retailers such as Kroger’s Marketplace, J.C. Penney’s, Target Superstore, Best Buy, H.H. Gregg, Ann Taylor Loft, and Steinmart, to name only a few. The Colonial Pinnacle at Turkey Creek, the area’s premier lifestyle center, offers upscale boutique/retail shopping along with upscale dining at restaurants such as Fleming’s Steakhouse.
The City of Maryville is a short drive from all areas of Loudon County via U.S. Highway 321 or U.S. Highway 411. Maryville has a variety of shopping and dining alternatives including Foothills Mall.
Located in less than an hour drive of Loudon County, the Sevierville/Pigeon Forge area offers many outlet shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities. Over 100 brand name outlet stores are located along Highway 441 in Sevier County.
Specialty shops including boutiques, antiques, arts, and crafts located in historic downtown areas.