Nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, with two shimmering lakes, Douglas and Cherokee, Jefferson County has charm, character and is one of the oldest counties in Tennessee.
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The second oldest town in the state, Dandridge is the county seat and the only municipality in the U.S. named for Martha Dandridge Washington. Jefferson County has abundant recreational opportunities including fishing, pleasure boating and swimming.
Jefferson County is less than 30 miles from Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The most visited national park in the U.S. features more than 800 miles of hiking trails, spectacular waterfalls, dramatic views and stunning colors in all seasons.
Black Oak Marina, located on Cherokee Lake, is a full-service marina providing slips, rentals and live entertainment. On Douglas Lake, the Point Resort & Marina offers a fuel dock and ship store, a full-service restaurant, rental boats, wet slips and dry dock slips, a boat ramp and accommodations including cabins, suites and camping. Also on Douglas Lake, Swann’s Marina is home to a double launch, slip rentals, and Ship’s Store where you can purchase coolers, ice, drinks and snacks, as well as fishing and boating supplies.
If you long for the links, Jefferson County is for you, with a choice of private and pubic courses. Patriot Hills Golf Club, an expanse of 6,710 yards, has been named “the best new course in East Tennessee.” Dandridge Golf & Country Club is a 27-hole complex that is open to the public, offering views of Douglas Lake and the Smoky Mountains. Baneberry Golf & Resort is a premier golf community where resort guests enjoy unlimited golf alongside Douglas Lake. And, Lost Creek Golf Club, located in New Market, was recently voted “the 5th best in Tennessee by PGA Online.”
Among popular activities and events in the region are the Scots-Irish Festival, Old Time Saturday and athletic events at Carson-Newman University, which has produced 224 All-Americans, six team national championships, and a dozen individual national champions.
Shop along Main Street Dandridge, in Tennessee's second oldest town. Dandridge, founded in 1783, takes pride in its downtown district, which includes Tinsley-Bible Drugs with a working soda fountain, as well as quaint shops, restaurants and four restored taverns that formerly served stagecoach travelers. Browse the Historic Mossy Creek District in downtown Jefferson City, currently home to a cafe, retail shops and several service companies.
Jefferson County has an excellent transportation infrastructure, located at the intersection of I-40 and I-81.
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Healthcare is a prime factor to consider when relocating, and Jefferson County has superb patient care at Jefferson Memorial Hospital, Tennova Healthcare. Jefferson Memorial Hospital was named as one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson Reuters for the third consecutive year in a row. It serves area residents with leading-edge technology and a caring, East Tennessee spirit. The hospital's new Jefferson City campus was opened in 2001, and the facility underwent a major construction project in 2011 that included renovation and expansion of the emergency room, a new intensive care unit, and enhancements to waiting and registration areas. Healthcare features include trained specialists in pulmonology, orthopedics, and cardiology, and extensive outpatient surgery capabilities and diagnostic testing.
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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.
The median home value of the Jefferson County region is $121,500.
Carson-Newman University, a private, Christian liberal arts institution, offers undergraduate and graduate academic programs from its campus, nestled in a premier setting—between two lakes, in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The campus is 28 miles northeast of Knoxville. Walter State Community College is located in nearby Morristown and allows adult learners to complete a degree or take special interest classes.
Experience Living in Jefferson County
Jefferson County is where my family vacationed for over 15 years. We are so thankful to finally call this beautiful place home.- Phil, Schaumburb, Illinois
We love living the lake lifestyle. Boating, skiing with the grandkids, and just watching the sunset over the mountains.- Catherine, Cincinnati, Ohio
Jefferson 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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