Welcome to Sparta White County


Arrive in Tennessee’s White County, and you’ll think you’ve found paradise.

With more waterfalls than any other county in the state—and more than 20 fabulous state parks and natural areas within a two-hour drive and access to about a dozen in less than an hour drive—it’s a visually stunning recreational playground. The county contains the perfect location, with quiet, small town life, yet close to big city fun, and is about an hour-and-a-quarter drive to Nashville and Chattanooga, and an hour and a half to Knoxville.

Natural beauty abounds in White County, with opportunities for hiking, biking, water recreation at every level, music, arts, history, active social clubs and community involvement.

Area recreation includes kayaking, canoeing, boating, paddle sports and fishing on Caney Fork, Calfkiller River and Center Hill Lake. Also, hiking, spelunking, rappelling at area parks and trails; play the links at the two golf courses in the county, dozens within an hour; numerous active historical groups. Join in garden clubs, tennis courts, active bicycle groups, and sightsee along motorcycle trails.

Outstanding outdoors opportunities await you at Burgess Falls State Park and Natural Area, a day park, with three waterfalls within a ¾ mile hike, as well as a pavilion, picnic areas, hiking trails, interpretive programs, butterfly garden. Visit Rock Island State Park and other key recreational spots—Caney Fork River, Collins River, Center Hill Lake—for hiking, biking, cabins, waterfalls, gorges, swimming, fishing, kayaking. Virgin Falls State Natural Area offers a unique waterfall that exits a cave, drops 130’, then disappears back into a cave.


Visitors and residents alike admire the area’s beautiful scenery, its great location with easy access to amenities, low property taxes, friendly people and abundant activities.

Examples of 200k Homes

image description Nob Hill $169,900 1,824 square feet
image description Hearthstone $189,900 2,048 square feet
image description Bockman Way $244,000 3,000 square feet

Healthcare is an important consideration when relocating. White County is home to Highlands Medical Center in Sparta, TN, a 60-bed facility which is part of the Capella-Saint Thomas Health Services family. The center is accredited by The Joint Commission, and certified by the American Heart Association as a “Get with the Guidelines” hospital. The facility offers a full range of medical services, including 24-hour emergency care, intensive care, medical/surgical care, general surgery, orthopedics, gastroenterology, pulmonology, GYN, and a geriatric psych unit. Diagnostic Imaging services include X-ray, CT, ultrasound and nuclear medicine. Rehabilitation services include physical and occupational therapy, and cardiac and pulmonary rehab.

Regional shopping includes specialty shops, unique gifts, box stores, multiple groceries and pharmacies.

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.

The median home value of the White County community is $93,000.

Higher Education

Retirees can expand their education at Motlow State Community College, with multiple offerings and classes for a variety of arts and crafts and music. Or, attend Tennessee Technological University, only a 20-minute drive, offering a full selection of college courses.

Experience Living in White County

The factors that brought me here were first of all—the weather. The weather is absolutely gorgeous most every month of the year. You might get an exceptionally hot day in the summer or an exceptionally cold day in the winter, but it is really very nice weather. It is beautiful. The people here are great. There is no lack of things to do, great rivers, great lakes. We do a lot of RVing. We get out and visit around the area, hiking, bike riding, kayaking, canoeing, fishing and hunting. But what really got me here was the lower cost of living. We had one-third acre of property in Kansas City, and we paid $6,000 dollars a year in property taxes in 2007, just before we moved here. Now, I have about 20 acres of beautiful property, and it costs me about $1,100 dollars a year for taxes. It’s a great place and I would encourage anybody to do some research, you’ll be very happy. - Ed Baldwin
My husband and I moved to Sparta from Rhode Island about 14 years ago, after we retired. We love living in Sparta, there is always something to do no matter what you are interested in. After we moved here, I got interested in quilting and joined the quilt guild. The people are extremely friendly, and I have learned how to quilt! If you want to be outside, the weather is fantastic. My husband loves to fish and hike and hunt, and he is outdoors all the time. The scenery is amazing. You can be outdoors all year round. There is always someone to talk to. Wherever you go in town are very friendly, it’s a wonderful place to live and I am so glad we moved here. - Arlene Felton


White 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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