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Information About The Area

Fentress County

Fentress County is 498 Square Miles and located on the Cumberland Plateau. Elevation is 1,716 feet above sea level. We have a population of 16,225 (2000 Census Data). We're 70 miles from Chattanooga, and 45 miles from Cookeville. Knoxville is 90 miles away, less than two hours drive time, and Nashville is just a little over two hours of drive time. Our climate is moderate, with an annual average temperature of 52.5 degrees. The average high is 68.1 and average low is 33.8. The average precipitation is 50.50 inches, and annual average snowfall is 12 inches. Southwest winds are prevailing, and the mean length of freeze-free period is 180-220 days.

Fentress County is growing by leaps and bounds. Many newcomers are moving from more urban areas and the southern coastal states. More and more are coming to appreciate the beauty and serene atmosphere of life on the Plateau, here in Big South Fork Country. Having easy access to Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, Pickett State Park, and Dale Hollow Lake; residents and visitors alike are enjoying the benefits of "country living". Fentress County is known as the Trail Riding Capitol of the Southeast to the equestrian community with hundreds of acres of trails, overlooks, unique geological formations, and waterfalls. Many horse campgrounds, cabins, and stables are located in the county and in and around the parks.

Although tourism is a huge part of the local economy, agriculture also has its place. The gently rolling land is condusive to cattle and other farm animals and is well watered by creeks and ponds. Poultry is a large portion of the agriculture industry.

Events/Recreational Sites

  • 127 Corridor Sale - World's Longest Yardsale
  • East Fork Stables
  • Big South Fork National Park
  • Pickett State Park
  • Alvin C. York State Park & Historical Site
  • Rugby Historical Community
  • See Fentress County Chamber of Commerce for additional information -

    School Information

    The Fentress County School System is under the direction of the elected ten member Board of Education. With four elementary schools and one high school in the system, three of the four elementary schools have been constructed in the last ten years. The schools have a student population of about 2400. Clarkrange High School has won several awards, including National Title for their Chess Program. The girls basketball team has won five State Championships.

    The Tennessee Department of Education funds and operates York Agricultural Institute. This school was constructed to honor WWI's greatest hero, Sgt. Alvin C. York. The enrollment is around 700 students.

    Faith Baptist Academy and Cumberland Christian School are the two private schools located in the county for grades K-8 and K-12, respectively.

    Pre-K programs are available at the Early Learning Center at Faith Baptist, and York Elementary.

    Post secondary classes are now available in Jamestown through Roane State Community College. The State of Tennessee operates the Adult Education Program at Pine Haven Community Center and offers non-traditional students an opportunity to gain their high school diploma or GED.

    Fentress County Chamber of Commerce for more information -