Southeast of Nashville, the tiny town of McMinnville holds a natural treasure, the Cumberland Caverns.
Within dark recesses, in a perfectly acoustic “show cave,” Bluegrass Underground springs to life, fast becoming a “bucket list destination.” You’ll hear combinations of established and emerging artists. Americana, roots, gospel, neo-folk, jam, jazz, bluegrass and country. List it as a must-do on your bucket list.
The region of McMinnville and Warren County is a hidden gem nestled in the rolling foothills of the Cumberland Plateau, where abundant natural beauty, genuine hospitality and a sense of community are a part of everyday life. Our historic downtown, a Certified TN Main Street, offers boutique, resale, antique and natural foods shopping, as well as opportunities to stop in for coffee drinks and fresh-pressed juice. Fresh vegetables, fruits, eggs and homemade bread may be purchased at the farmers market between May and November. The Autumn Street Fair in downtown McMinnville features crafts, food, activities and entertainment for the entire family.
The beauty of nature abounds in Warren County. So does the recreation. Rock Island State Park offers guided nature walks and organized activities such as wildflower classes and birding classes, a beach for easy swimming, many trails for all levels of hikers, views of spectacular falls, cabins and campgrounds. You may also enjoy all of these activities at gorgeous Fall Creek Falls State Park, or you may want to play golf or go ziplining.
Paddle our many waterways—Barren Fork River, Caney Fork River, Rocky River and the Collins River, as well as their tributaries. Take a hike on our many nature trails. And, McMinnville Civic Center has organized exercise classes, a laned outdoor pool and a tennis court.
For spectator sporting events, the Tennessee Titans and the Nashville Predators are just an hour and 20 minutes northwest. Two collegiate teams—Middle Tennessee State University Blue Raiders and the Tennessee Technical University Golden Eagles—provide football and basketball opportunities within an hour’s drive.
With Warren County’s low property taxes and extremely affordable real estate, you have all the benefits of living away from the big city as well as the benefits of living within two hours of major metropolitan areas.
Whether you’re visiting for a trip to our world-renowned nurseries, enjoying the best of today’s bluegrass at Bluegrass Underground, delving into your family history, or exploring some of the most beautiful natural waterways, trails, and vistas around, we know you will enjoy your visit with us!
Join in popular activities, such as the Isha Institute of Inner Sciences yoga retreat, browsing the farmers market, monthly bluegrass concerts at Rocky River, Falcon Rest Mansion & Gardens tours, visiting the tearoom and seasonal events. Dig a concert at Bluegrass Underground at Cumberland Caverns, or take a Cumberland Caverns cave tour.
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Join in the Main Street Live! free summer concert series, or play all day at the fair. Here, you have a choice of fairs: Warren County Fair, Warren County Arts & Crafts Fair, Rock Island Craft Fair, or the community-wide, all-day Fourth of July celebration with many activities. Also, we have ongoing seasonal events in our historic downtown square.
For healthcare, River Park Hospital is a regional hospital located in McMinnville, and is a part of the St. Thomas-Capella network of hospitals. It has 111 beds and a comprehensive cardiopulmonary rehab program. We also have a VA Outpatient Clinic.
Murfreesboro (about 40-45 minute drive from McMinnville) has St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital, a 286-bed facility, as well as the Alvin C. York VA Medical Center. Also available is the Cookeville Regional Medical Center, a regional hospital and referral center.
For social activities, take part in Warren County Master Gardeners, Warren County Genealogical Association or Warren County Senior Center. You'll find a variety of activities—day trips, painting, dance classes, informational sessions on insurance and healthcare, numerous volunteering opportunities with community and nonprofit organizations.
Join us and live Warren County’s relaxed pace of life in a scenic, safe, close-knit community with lots of opportunities to get involved socially and remain active, all at a low cost of living.
Tax & Living Expense
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 price for a home in Warren County is $91,400.
Retirees may further their education at these regional institutions:
- The McMinnville-Warren County Senior Center offers classes on painting, dancing, health and financial topics.
- River Park Hospital offers various health-related classes, health fairs and screenings.
- The McMinnville Civic Center offers targeted wellness classes.
- We have two community colleges (Motlow State and Tennessee College of Applied Technology) that offer a wide range of educational opportunities that are available to the public.
Experience Living in Warren County
Ron Horton, a retired U.S. Marine who has seen much of the United States, moved from Michigan to Warren County, TN, in 2013. He was originally drawn to the area’s lush green grass, abundance of trees, four marked seasons, and a mild winter. After living here for a year, he says he appreciates the low cost of living and fair taxation.
Warren 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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Tennessee’s array of amenities will please any interest. Whether you enjoy a active lifestyle or prefer a more leisurely pace, Tennessee provides natural beauty, a mild climate, urban conveniences and rural peacefulness.
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