Quality of Life
Open your eyes to nature.
Hancock County is an outdoor paradise with unspoiled forests, some of the cleanest water and largest variety of aquatic life in the nation, great fishing and unspoiled areas for hiking and wildlife. With more than 850 acres of protected wildlife areas, access to more than 300 miles of the Clinch River, and well-known scenic drives for motorcycles or cars, Hancock County calls visitors to be outdoors. With housing prices 50 percent below the national average, the cost of living 15 percent lower and a number of preserved historic sites, it's a safe, affordable place to call home.
The Great Outdoors
Without the traffic of more populated resort areas, Hancock County is known for its incredible mountain views, beautiful waterfalls and a variety of outdoor recreation. Elrod Falls is one of East Tennessee's most beautiful waterfalls, with natural pools for swimming and trails for hiking. The pristine Clinch River is the nation's No. 1 spot for vulnerable species of fish and the rare plants, mammals and birds living along the river's edge. Kyles Ford, an 850-acre stretch of the Clinch River, is a Tennessee Wildlife Management Area with hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation.
Highway 66 and “the Spider” motorcycle trail system are popular routes for motorcycle enthusiasts seeking a challenge accompanied by beautiful scenery. Highway 66, which runs through the county seat of Sneedville, invites riders to slow down on the tight turns and take in the natural beauty.
A variety of historic sites—including Edward R. Talley Bridge, the Old County Jail, now Hancock County's Welcome Center, Mahala Mullins' cabin, Appalachian Quilt Trail, River Place on the Clinch, primitive churches and Melungeon history—attract visitors to the area.