Cookeville: Middle Tennessee’s Newest It City

It’s that one place with all the waterfalls!

Tennessee has seen a lot of growth in the last few years. Nashville has become a huge draw for those looking to catch a concert or game, celebrate a bachelorette party on Broadway or just spend a nice evening out. Not to mention the thousands of people who are relocating to the city.

There’s no denying Tennessee has that certain type of alluring magnetism.

As Nashville sees more and more growth, people are starting to look at other surrounding cities in the state. Music City isn’t the only place to be in the state! It’s actually surrounded by several amazing towns and communities.

It seems there’s a new contender and an even bigger draw in Middle Tennessee these days: Cookeville.

So what makes this city on the east side so special? Well it depends on what exactly you’re looking for, and the perfect place is always subjective. You will come to love this place though! And if you’re looking for a nice spot to call home or just spend a week or two, this is it!

Here’s just a few reasons Cookeville is the newest It City in Tennessee


Cookeville’s strategic location makes it a prime spot for those seeking both tranquility and accessibility. Situated at the crossroads of major highways including I-40, 70, 111 and 56, the city provides easy access to larger metropolitan areas like Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga.

Its central location puts this place at the top of the list for those who commute, travel or just want to be in the country without being totally secluded. (Oh and by the way, the regional airport will soon offer flights making this place even more accessible!)

While Cookeville offers a peaceful oasis, the excitement of big city life is just a short drive away.

Growth + Opportunity

Cookeville is also experiencing tremendous growth too! This isn’t the same place it was 5 years ago. New businesses and large companies have since broken ground and more are in the works. All that to say, there’s ample opportunities for businesses in general.

Whether large or small, if you’re looking for some land to build a new shop on, need to add another location in Tennessee or just want a storefront downtown, it’s easy to find! Go ahead and set up shop! You will find a true community support and excitement for your new business.

Surrounding Towns

With Cookeville being a total dream, you can bet the surrounding towns are just as nice too. Turn on any country song about backroads, country living and the stars at night – all those songs describe this region on any given day of the year. You will find quaint lake towns, rural country roads, open pastures with cattle and charming Mayberry like town squares. If you’re really trying to get out of the city, you sure came to the right place.


Every city has its own way about it. You can expect the typical southern hospitality in this small town along with several special interest groups and events. It’s easy to get connected. West Side in particular is a great place to hang out and immerse yourself in the social scene. With local restaurants serving chef-crafted signature plates, you’re sure to find something good that hits the spot and make a few new friends!


While Cookeville is central to Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga, the housing prices are drastically different. While the market does fluctuate, you won’t feel like you overpaid for a tiny house crammed in a neighborhood. If you’re willing to live outside of city limits, you can easily find those 100+ acre dreamy farms.

With a place known for the waterfalls and lakes, it’s safe to say your dream home is easy to find here. With distant rolling hills, clean lakes, several flowing waterways, and even pristine golf courses, you truly have your pick of window views.

Outdoor Paradise

Cookeville boasts an enchanting natural backdrop that captures the hearts of both residents and visitors. Surrounded by rolling hills, lush forests, and pristine lakes, this region is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. It was made to explore.

The beauty of places like Cane Creek Park, City Lake, Waterloo Falls, Cummins Falls State Park and others provides endless opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, camping and immersing oneself in the wild wonders of nature. Not to mention the countless other waterfalls and parks in the region.

Don’t forget about the lakes either. Center Hill Lake makes it way into the county near Silver Point and Baxter. You can also find Cordell Hull Lake and Dale Hollow Lake nearby!


Go ahead and book a week or two – you will need plenty of time to see all the attractions around here! And be sure to come back every season. It’s hard to pick between spring wildflowers, roaring summer waterfalls, golden autumn leaves or slow snowfall in the winter.

You’re never too late and you’re never too early in Tennessee. You’re always right on time to catch an inspiring view.

In the vastness of rural Tennessee, Cookeville stands out as the hub of the Upper Cumberland region. If you’re looking for a low key city surrounded by rolling picture perfect landscape, this is it!

These are just a few reasons why this place is one of the best cities in the state. Whether you are planning a visit somewhere new or looking to relocate, you won’t be able to find a better place than Cookeville and the surrounding area.

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