Designated the “Lakeway to the Smokies,” Loudon County lies in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and offers the scenic and more peaceful route to the nation’s most visited park, with five major waterways flowing through the county.
Fort Loudoun, Melton Hill, Tellico and Watts Bar lakes provide the picturesque settings for many of East Tennessee’s most pristine waterfront properties, along with the Tennessee River flowing through the county. The lakes offer some of the best fishing and boating in the U.S.
You could also call Loudon County the “Linkways to the Smokies” as we have eight golf courses located within our borders. Whether a novice or advanced, you’ll find our links will meet any golfer’s skill level, with signature courses designed by pro golfers and golf architects Greg Norman, Bob Cupp, D.J. DeVictor, Peter Langham and Joseph Lee. Area retirement communities offer numerous options for recreation: swimming, racquet sports (including pickleball), golf, community groups and exercise facilities. The county has 35+ miles of walking/hiking trails.
Here, you have easy access to world-class healthcare, and nearby University of Tennessee (UT) provides opportunities for research and study, as well as arts and entertainment. Collegiate sports of all sorts are available at UT. A minor league baseball team, the Tennessee Smokies, is located a short drive away in Sevierville, TN.
You’ll find fun festivals and celebrations here, among them are Rockin’ the Docks (on the water music events in May and July); the Lenoir City Arts & Crafts Festival (a June event that’s been around for more than 50 years); the Fiddler’s Convention (in September, celebrating over 30 years); diverse street frivolities, farmers markets and holiday parades.
Our natural resources, scenic beauty, convenient location, low cost of living, mild climate, low crime rate and lifestyle amenities make Loudon County a desirable place to call home.
Loudon County was voted one of the top 100 places to retire by Where to Retire magazine. The county is comprised of Loudon (the county seat), Lenoir City, Greenback and Philadelphia.
Examples of 200k Homes
Loudon County’s temperate climate offers wonderful gardening opportunities, with four distinct seasons. The average annual high temperature in Loudon County is 68.9° with an average low of 46.3°.
Healthcare is always a prime piece of the location puzzle. Loudon County is the home of Ft. Loudoun Medical Center, in Lenoir City. With over 200 doctors specializing in over 29 areas, this 87,000-square-foot facility features state-of-the-art technology, including MRI, CT, ultrasound, diagnostic x-ray, women’s imaging services, as well as nuclear medicine.
Other healthcare facilities within a 30-minute drive are Park West Medical Center, Turkey Creek Medical Center, Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital and University of Tennessee Medical Center.
Shopping opportunities in Loudon County lie within Lenoir City along Hwy. 321. Historic downtown Loudon offers a variety of unique shops. Shop nearby at the Pinnacle at Turkey Creek or West Town Mall, both in Knoxville. Dine at one of the many lakeside restaurants in the county or a short drive away at one of Knoxville’s myriad eateries, such as P.F. Chang’s, Aubrey’s, or Calhoun’s.
Tax & Living Expenses
Recently, Tennessee earned a number-one spot among states considered prime retirement locations in a Bankrate.com study. Ranked by data such as climate, tax rates, cost of living and access to healthcare, Tennessee has a cost of living 9.6% below the national average.
Our state and local tax burden is the third lowest in the nation, with residents enjoying no income tax except on interest and dividends. State sales tax is 7%; 5% for food.
Tennessee has no state property tax. Property taxes are locally determined and collected.
We are one of the lowest cost communities to live in Tennessee with one of the lowest property tax rates. The cost of living in Loudon County is 89.3% of the national average.
Median home values for Loudon County are $220,000 for an existing home and $202,900 for a new home.
Retirees interested in advancing their education may do so at these area institutions:
- Roane State Community College, located in downtown Lenoir City, offers both credit and non-credit classes, and provides associate degree programs along with career and developmental programs.
- The University of Tennessee, 30 minutes away in downtown Knoxville, is one of the nation’s top 100 research universities and offers more than 300 degree programs in both undergraduate and graduate studies.
- Pellissippi State Community College, in Knoxville, offers many professional certificate programs, continuing education courses, and technical and industrial training.
Experience Living in Loudon County
Why East Tennessee? Great climate, four seasons and mild winters. Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Low cost of living, low property taxes and no state income tax. Friendly folks who genuinely make you feel welcome. Loads of activities, with something for everyone.- Chuck and Elaine Hitch, Tellico Village residents
Bottom line: it doesn't get any better than this. Tellico Village is a summer camp for adults which returns incredible value for your dollars; it's a village—not a retirement community—made up of a cosmopolitan and international population where neighbors become friends and friends become family.- Romano Sims, Tellico Village resident
Loudon County can take some of the hassle out of your lifestyle visit. We have arranged discounts with select hotels and have coordinated VIP treatment for our visitors with participating development partners (subject to availability).
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