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Old 08-01-2021, 03:27 PM
 
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We are moving to the area soon and want to buy a family cabin in the mountains we can use to escape the heat during the summer. We’ve been to Gatlinburg several times and we are looking for something a bit quieter and at a higher elevation (so it actually cools off during the summer).

Are there any towns in the mountains that y’all know about and could give me some advice on?
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Old 08-03-2021, 08:30 PM
 
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I see you are posting in the Charlotte and Greenville forums. You got good suggestions for the high country in NW NC. For Greenville it might be Highlands NC but I personally would buy in Brevard and just drive up to the BRP on scorcher days.

When I thought you were going to be living in Knoxville I would have suggested Maggie Valley or Waynesville in NC. Very few houses above 3000' in TN.
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Old 08-04-2021, 10:32 AM
 
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I have to concur with the above, most of TN communities, even these remote "mountain cabins", are in the valleys between the ridges. If you want mountain living probably the extreme western portion of North Carolina is for you. Also be realistic - even at 4,000 feet altitude you are going to have some hot days from June to August.

Knoxville itself, and I dare say even Gatlinburg, are not mountain towns (Gatlinburg is a measly 1,200 feet in elevation, it's more of a gateway to the mountains). You might want to try posting in the Johnson City subforum if you want TN (as NC has a state income tax and is somewhat more expensive) as it's much closer to the mountains. Again you are talking about valley living but there are some very remote communities in the extreme N.E. part of the state. Places like Roan Mountain (extremely small and remote town) have some housing spots up at about 3,000 feet I think. That's about the best you can get. Also check out Mountain City, likewise in the extreme N.E. corner.
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Old 08-04-2021, 10:40 AM
 
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I have to concur with the above, most of TN communities, even these remote "mountain cabins", are in the valleys between the ridges. If you want mountain living probably the extreme western portion of North Carolina is for you. Also be realistic - even at 4,000 feet altitude you are going to have some hot days from June to August.

Knoxville itself, and I dare say even Gatlinburg, are not mountain towns (Gatlinburg is a measly 1,200 feet in elevation, it's more of a gateway to the mountains). You might want to try posting in the Johnson City subforum if you want TN (as NC has a state income tax and is somewhat more expensive) as it's much closer to the mountains. Again you are talking about valley living but there are some very remote communities in the extreme N.E. part of the state. Places like Roan Mountain (extremely small and remote town) have some housing spots up at about 3,000 feet I think. That's about the best you can get. Also check out Mountain City, likewise in the extreme N.E. corner.
Here's my excuse to trot out this old, but still useful post again.
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Over here in Bristol it's supposed to get up to roughly 80F here today, at the beginning of August. BUT this morning when I woke up it was only 63F, which IMO makes things a LOT more bearable. YMMV.
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Old 08-05-2021, 11:55 AM
 
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You’d be hard pressed to find much above 2500’ in TN, much less 3000’. Most of the land at that elevation is protected parkland or otherwise unavailable for residential building.

WNC prices at elevation are generally much higher. You may also want to consider parts of western VA along I-81 - many of those locations are above 2000’, and prices are a bargain compared to WNC and even much of upper east TN.
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Old 08-08-2021, 02:43 PM
 
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What about middle TN, in the Cumberland range near Crossville. I don't know the elevation but cooler in the summer there.
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Old 08-09-2021, 12:49 PM
 
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We are moving to the area soon and want to buy a family cabin in the mountains we can use to escape the heat during the summer. We’ve been to Gatlinburg several times and we are looking for something a bit quieter and at a higher elevation (so it actually cools off during the summer).

Are there any towns in the mountains that y’all know about and could give me some advice on?

Wears Valley.
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Old 08-09-2021, 01:37 PM
 
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What about middle TN, in the Cumberland range near Crossville. I don't know the elevation but cooler in the summer there.
Slightly cooler yes, not as high as NE TN. Same principles apply as was already stated - towns are in the valleys not the ridge tops.
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Old 08-10-2021, 11:38 AM
 
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Thanks all for the input! We’re currently in Texas but it looks like we’ll be moving to Chattanooga in the coming weeks — unfortunately their forum isn’t very active!

Given the location of Chattanooga, we’ll probably end up getting something in Blue Ridge, but I might give Maggie Valley and Bristol a look. Thanks again.

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Old 08-11-2021, 08:37 AM
 
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Blue Ridge is a very good choice for someone who lives in Chattanooga. Also there are developments over 2500' east of Chatsworth and Fort mountain park but there's no town.

I don't see why you would check out Bristol. Maggie Valley is well suited for forays into Asheville and the high country but it is still a long drive. A diamond in the rough is Tellico Plains. From there you have the Cherehala skyway which will take you up to elevations above 5000'.
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