The greater Cookeville area is centrally located to Nashville, Knoxville and Knoxville, Tennessee.

The Upper Cumberland houses some of the best small towns in Tennessee.

Waterfalls, state parks, lakes, affordable housing and the best views of the state.


Located between Nashville and Knoxville along I-40, Cookeville is one of the most affordable places to live in the United States with some of the best places to hang out!

Giant waterfalls, bluffs, three lakes, sprawling state parks and scenic rural back roads make this area one of the regions in the state.

1. We have 3 lakes.

Landlocked has never been so good! These lakes are goregous. Center Hill Lake. Dale Hollow Lake. And Cordell Hull Lake. While the towns that house these lakes are rural, the area attracts thousands every summer.

Low key and quiet, each lake offers hidden coves and mostly rolling hilltops. Whether it’s a summer destination or your new homeplace, you’re going to fall in love.

Sunset cruises, dinner and drinks at the marina, bluffs to jump from, hidden coves, state parks that border the lake….it will be hard to leave if you’re here.

More than a lake though! There’s actually waterfalls you can access by water.

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2. Tennessee has 4 distinct seasons.

It can be a little wild & unpredictable too! So many people move to the state for one reason: the four distinct seasons.

Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. The weather is pretty mild here. We have such a range though!

Here is what to expect for each season.

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Tennessee Spring (March – May)

Cool, crisp with temperatures ranging from 45 – 65F

The time of year we get the most rain resulting in all sorts of plants, flowers and foliage suddenly bursting into full and vivid lushness and color. A great time to hike, explore the various natural areas and garden!

Tennessee Summer (June – August)

Spring always shifts quickly to summer! It does get hot and humid here, but it’s mild compared to other places! Expect temperatures ranging from 75 – 90F. Moderate rainfall and warm temps support large gardens! 

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Tennessee Fall (September – November)

Fall can still be pretty warm! Things tend to cool down at night beginning mid-September. By the mid-November, daytime temps sit around in the 50s. The best thing about fall here – the leaves! You really wouldn’t believe how many shades of yellows, oranges, reds and browns you will see! And those lakes and waterfalls…that’s the place to be when the leaves change.

Tennessee Winter (December – February)

Snowfall is always hit or miss! Some years, we have a lot 2 – 3 good snow storms and other years, it doesn’t snow at all. Expect ice though! Temps are pretty low and the trees are bare. You will love your Tennessee cabin or cozy place in the woods during the winter!

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Burgess Falls State Park.

3. We have waterfalls.

Don’t just stop at the lakes though! Those waterfalls we mentioned earlier…there’s actually several more in the area to see!

p.s. a few of these waterfalls were used as production locations for the Jungle Book movie! 

4. Affordable housing.

Dreaming of a big Tennessee farm? We got it. That close-knit Mayberry neighborhood feeling? Yep got that too. Building lot for your dream home? Definitely. Waterfront property and lake view? You bet. Lake home? For sure. Investment opportunites? Plenty.

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5. The Best Small Towns in Tennessee.

We feel confident saying it too! We may be rural, but we are not isolated. Cookeville is 8 hours away from 80% of the U.S. population so it’s also a great place for businesses and those who travel.

It’s a beautiful thing too! This area has seen so much growth in the past five years, and we are growing!

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