Gateway to the Big South Fork

Welcome to Scott County!


In the fifth episode of the first season of The Andy Griffith Show, a mysterious stranger — Ed Sawyer — arrives in town and seems to know everything about everybody, and everything about Mayberry. As it turned out, Sawyer befriended a young man from Mayberry while he was in the Army, and he loved the soldier’s stories about home so much that he subscribed to the town’s newspaper and learned everything there was to know about Mayberry before eventually moving to town.

We want our website,, to be your portal to the heart of the Cumberlands in much the same way that the Mayberry newspaper was Ed Sawyer’s portal to the fictional hometown of Sheriff Andy Taylor.

Oh, we’re not suggesting that Scott County, Tennessee, is a Mayberry, of course. But, much like Ed Sawyer came to love Mayberry so much that he wanted to move there, even though he’d never visited, we wouldn’t blame you if you find yourself drawn to Scott County as you learn more about us!

You see, the secret is out that Scott County — the Adventure Tourism Capital of Tennessee — is a great place to live, a great place to work, and a great place to play. Maybe it’s our Cumberland Mountains or our scenic rivers that are calling your name. Maybe it’s the hundreds of miles of ATV trails, the world-class whitewater paddling, the sheer cliffs waiting to be climbed, or the more than 500 miles of hiking and equestrian trails in the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area. Or maybe you just want a place far enough out to be quiet and peaceful with low crime rates, yet close enough to the Knoxville metropolitan area to be convenient.

Whatever it is that draws you to Scott County, there’s one thing we’re sure of: You’ll come to love this little piece of heaven in the heart of the Cumberlands. So, please, use our website to acquaint yourself with us, and if there are any questions we haven’t answered here, give our friendly staff at the Scott County Chamber of Commerce a call: 1-800-645-6905.

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