Located in the southeastern corner of Tennessee, Polk County is a unique mix of past, present, and future. Remnants of a rich cultural heritage still remain, and reminders of days gone by continue to be a part of the landscape. Polk folk are proud to live in an area that offers the best of both worlds. It is a calm oasis from the hustle and bustle of big-city living that is close enough to that world to make small-town living easily achievable.
Being nestled within the Cherokee National Forest makes Polk County a mecca for recreation. Camping, boating, fishing, swimming, hunting, and whitewater rapids bring hundreds of thousands of visitors to our doorstep every year. Locals and visitors alike can find intensity on the Ocoee River, a more leisurely ride or fishing expedition on the Hiwassee, or relax with a snorkel for an afternoon on the Conasauga. Raft down the 1996 Olympic Canoe and Kayak course, or stop at the Ocoee Whitewater Center, built for that event.
Visitors who prefer to stay dry can also enjoy a train ride across an historic mountain loop, a museum dedicated to our history of copper mining, civil war and other historic sites, rock climbing, shooting ranges, ziplines, biking, horseback riding, and more.
Serviced by US Hwy 411 from north to sound and US Hwy 64 from east to west, Polk County has easy accessibility to and from its closest major cities, including Chattanooga, Atlanta, and Knoxville. Polk County borders Georgia and North Carolina, with interstate access available within about a 30-minute drive from most places.
We invite you to discover everything we love about Polk County! Come for a visit, or put down roots and stay for a while. See for yourself what all the fuss is about!