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Cosby, "Ramp Capital of the South" 

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214 Sharon Dr.
Seymour, TN  37865

Cosby, located in Cocke County, Tennessee, is known for its majestic beauty and frontier way of living. Tucked between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pisgah National Forest and Cherokee National Forest, Cosby is the best kept secret in the Smokies. Made up of several distinct communities, Cocke County houses Newport, Parrottsville, Del Rio, Cosby, Hartford and Bybee all featuring the best of East Tennessee!  The self-guided Auto Heritage Tour is a must do, allowing you to travel at your leisure while visiting historical churches, mills, buildings and breathtaking scenery throughout the communities. 


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Cosby, once the "Moonshine Capital" of the world, features the second largest campground and trailhead in the Smoky Mountains and offers a secluded entrance into the National Park. The states oldest festival, the Cosby Ramp Festival, attracts thousands of visitors each May that come to enjoy great music, food and family fun! Outdoor adventures lurk around every corner with biking, golfing, swimming, kayaking, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, hiking and camping. For a complete list of happenings in the area, see our Cosby events page.

Accommodations in Cosby include bed and breakfasts, campgrounds and cabin rentals with hotels and motels in Newport, just minutes away. If you're looking for a romantic inn or a truly rustic cabin in the woods, Cosby has several vacation rentals to choose from.

Newport is famous for the old Stokely Brothers and Company, now Con Agra, which began canning tomatoes in the 1900's and played a vital role in the economic history of the city. Other notables include the Newport Milling Company and the Cocke County Memorial Building.

Parrottsville, Tennessee's third oldest town, is home to the Natural bridge known as the "Big Oven" and the Swaggerty Fort. Built in 1787, the fort is one of only two structures of it's kind in the state that remains standing.

Built over an ever-flowing stream, the fort was self-sufficient and housed frontiersmen while protecting them from hostile Indians. Today, the stream still supplies two homes nearby with fresh water.

Swaggerty Fort in Parrottsville, Tennessee

Existing much the way it did in the early 1800's and 1900's, Del Rio is packed with more than 200 years of history. Visit the historic Ebenezer Mission, the original "Christy" mission site and see the boarding house Christy stayed in and the Ebenezer Church, still standing and housing the original church bell, dating back well before the turn of the century.

Hartford, known for its whitewater rafting, is home to 12 rafting companies that can guide you through the Cherokee National Forest and challenging rapids along the Scenic Pigeon River. Fishing, hunting and horseback riding are also quite popular in the area. 










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214 Sharon Dr.
Seymour, TN 37865

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