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Retirement Living in Cocke County - Tennessee

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Area Description

Cocke County, Tennessee is one of the three contiguous Tennessee counties of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Four state and national forests (GSMNP, Cherokee National Forest, Appalachian Trail and Martha Sundquist Forest) and three rivers ( Pigeon, Nolichucky and French Broad) offer an abundance of natural activities. Cocke County is home to 11 rafting companies that offer Class III and IV rapids.

Includes Cities/Towns: Del Rio, Newport, Parrottsville.

Region Characteristics

Area Amenities

Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   Rafting, Canoeing, Birding (an Important Birding Area from Audubon Society Rankin Bottoms), Fishing, Hiking, Boating

Cultural Activities

Artscapes offers art exhibitions and classes. Our high schools present concerts and a Night of Fine Dining and Jazz. The Newport/Cocke County Museum is open by appointment and our Stokley Memorial Library is noted for geneology work.

Public transportation

Medical Facilities

Tennova Hospital
Rural Medical Services


Monthly Temperatures / Rain / Snow

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain  Snow
 Jan  27.3  37.7  48.0  3.5 "  1.7 "
 Feb  30.3  41.5  52.7  3.8 "  1.5 "
 Mar  36.3  48.5  60.7  4.0 "  0.8 "
 Apr  43.7  56.8  70.0  3.6 "  0.6 "
 May  52.7  65.2  77.7  4.3 "  0.0 "
 Jun  61.3  73.0  84.7  3.8 "  0.0 "
 Jul  65.3  76.7  88.0  4.9 "  0.0 "
 Aug  64.3  75.7  87.0  4.1 "  0.0 "
 Sep  57.3  69.2  81.0  3.1 "  0.0 "
 Oct  45.3  58.2  71.0  2.3 "  0.0 "
 Nov  36.7  48.8  61.0  3.3 "  0.0 "
 Dec  29.7  40.3  51.0  3.5 "  0.9 "

Our region occasionally experiences rockslides, especially traveling through the gorge to North Carolina and throughout the GSMNP. Two years ago a major wildfire initiating in the GSMNP threatened our county.

Natural Disaster Areas

Cost of Living for Cocke County, TN

Cocke County, Tennessee cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Housing Options

Cocke County is home to several quality campgrounds. In addition, several nursing homes and assisted living situations are available. Newport Housing Authority offers income-based housing opportunities. A variety of lodging exists, from cozy cabins to a Four Diamond B&B.

Senior Assistance in Cocke County, TN

Cocke County, Tennessee offers the following assistance for seniors:

Our Senior Center suffered tornado damage, but will once again be operational in the future. Services are still provided.

Job or Volunteer Opportunities

Chamber of Commerce is always looking for volunteers for events. Other organizations love their volunteers.
Library Friends, Kiwanis, FCE, Senior Citizens, Keep Cocke County Beautiful , RID (REmove Illegal Dumpsites) to name a few.

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