- Outdoor Adventure – The nearby Cherokee National Forest is unmatched for outdoor adventures offering hiking, camping, fishing, and mountain biking. Catch whitewater rapids on the Ocoee River, America’s only Olympic whitewater river, site of the 1996 Canoe & Kayak Competition. Check out Chamber -member outfitters at www.visitclevelandtn.com for guided trips. The Hiwassee River, a Tennessee scenic river, is perfect for chilled-out floats in tubes and funyaks as well as fly-fishing. The lower Hiwassee near the Tennessee River confluence is perfect for boating and skiing.
- Cherokee Heritage – Bradley County is home to Red Clay State Park, the last eastern council grounds of the Cherokee Nation before the tragic Trail of Tears. Red Clay houses the eternal flame of the Cherokee Nation, an interpretive center and a clear blue spring that flows 500,000 gallons of freshwater daily.
The small town of Charleston, TN, located on the Hiwassee River, was a gateway to the Cherokee Nation. Later, the area became the military headquarters for the Cherokee Trail of Tears operation. Federal troops rounded up thousands of Cherokees and held them at encampments until they left in detachments bound for the West. The recently expanded Hiwassee River Heritage Center and the National Historic Trail Tribute shares this important story and others related to the Civil War and industrialization.
- Musical Heritage – Cleveland is the Home of the “Red Back” Church Hymnal, first published in 1951. The Museum Center at 5ive Points explores the origins of this beloved songbook in a permanent exhibit, “The ‘Red Back’ – America’s Best Loved Hymnal.”
- Historic Downtown – A charming destination with unique eateries (see culinary interests) and year-round events. The Museum Center at 5ive Points offers exhibits, interesting events and cultural programming. The Museum Gallery Store is filled with artwork and jewelry designed and created by regional artists.
The Courthouse Square is host to a variety of charming events with outdoor concerts, classic cars and holiday celebrations.
Public art is blooming everywhere! Back Alley Gallery uses unused alleyways for art exhibits. Murals and sculptures are popping up on the Greenway and all around town.
- Agri-tourism – Heralded for southern fried apple pies, Apple Valley Orchard has been featured in prominent publications and even named the best apple orchard in Tennessee. Morris Vineyard and Winery is a large “pick your own” vineyard boasting the most beautiful views in Bradley County. Sample the delicious wines and select the ones you’ll take home.
Only one community has an International Cowpea Festival and Cook-off! The “harvest festival with the funny name” celebrates agriculture, community and cowpeas! Cowpea is the general name for black-eyeds, crowders, field peas and hundreds of other varieties and Charleston, TN, was once known as the Cowpea Capital of the World! Always the second Saturday in September, enjoy cowpea tastings, family fun and live entertainment.
- Culinary Interests – From fine dining to barbeque joints, Cleveland has the “eats!” For fine western dining with a Southern twist, the Bald Headed Bistro is elegant dining with just the right splash of “hometown watering hole.” The menu features kobe beef and incredible prime rib while the patio features live music, big screens and friendly faces.
Café Roma offers an exquisite Italian-inspired menu featuring original recipes created by the owner/chef. Also chef-owned, Catch Bar and Grill offers fresh seafood flown in daily and a great downtown atmosphere!
Go where the locals go, Jenkins Deli, for famous chicken salad and French dip sandwiches. Ask a local; they have the menu memorized!
Our barbeque joints know how to please! Stadium BBQ and Buddy’s have their Southern smokehouses working overtime!
Check out www.visitclevelandtn.com for information on these awesome adventures and more! Let’s adventure, y’all!