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Tellico Lake: More than just a Lake

When you see Tellico Lake homes for sale, most think – that’s nice….. IF you have a boat. But, without a boat, what’s the point of lakeside living?

Tellico Lake is more than just a lake that provides lakeside living, it’s a part of our East Tennessee history – not to mention a bonus feature to any home! Stretching 33 miles along the Little Tennessee River, this body of water provides locals with over 350 miles of shoreline and over 15,000 acres of water for recreational activities.

Tellico Lake provides lake activities such as fishing areas, campgrounds, day-use areas, and boat ramps. Whether you are looking for a quiet place to fish or a public dock for a weekend on the water – Tellico Lake has it all. In addition to providing locals with recreation water activities and a constant source of entertainment – Tellico Lake also provides a little piece of our East Tennessee history!

A lake is just a lake right? Wrong! Every place has a story, and Tellico Lake is no different. Much of Tellico Lake’s history comes from local attraction Fort Loudoun State Historic Park. This unique park is found on an island on the lake and boasts views of the Appalachian mountains.

Originally lying adjacent to Fort Loudoun Lake, it wasn’t until 1979 that the construction of the Tellico Dam allowed these two bodies of water (Fort Loudoun and Tellico Lake) to join forces to provide flood control, navigation, and power production. With cooler water than most lakes, this body of water gets its inflow of cold water from both the Chilhowee and Tellico Rivers.

In regards to fishing, Tellico Lake has been deemed a relatively infertile body of water and does not support a high density of fish. However, some of the most common game fish include largemouth and smallmouth bass, white crappie, bluegill, rainbow trout, and walleye.

Now when you see a Tellico Lake home for sale, you’ll think – what a place to live! We here at Explore Tellico Village are here to help you see the bigger picture! Want to learn more about Tellico Lake homes for sale or the Tellico Village area? Contact us today!

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Spring back into Social at Tellico Village!

Spring is just around the bend and surely as the sun comes out and the tulips begin to bloom – we find ourselves feeling a little more awake, alive and social. Tellico Village provides a certain lifestyle to all of those who live here, a lifestyle that encourages volunteering, fitness, the outdoors, education, but above all – community.

With all of the social butterflies coming out with the sun, here are a few social opportunities happening right here in Tellico Village!

Karaoke at Tellico Village Yacht Club: Are you interested in singing your favorite tune and enjoying a night out in an elegant venue? Join us at the Yacht Club on Thursday evenings from 6-9pm at the Blue Heron Restaurant! All singing levels are welcome!

Joints in Motion: Beginning this month, JIM will be led in the Warm Water Therapy Pool (yes, we have a fitness center with a wide variety of fitness amenities!) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-2pm. JIM is a warm water-based program that assists with balance, flexibility, posture and muscle strength. This social fitness option also decreases joint pain and weakness for those suffering from stiffness and chronic pain or in need of rehabilitation.

April Pickleball: Did you know the month of April is pickleball month? Well we here at Tellico Village are more than excited about it! In celebration, every Wednesday in April the Wellness Center will host drop-in pickleball from 2-4pm! New to the game? That’s okay! Our experienced club members will be there to teach you the rules of pickleball so you can get started on enjoying a fun new sport!

Yacht Club Events: Looking for some live music to liven up your weekends this April? We have just the solution! Stop by the Yacht Club Tiki Bar on Friday evenings to enjoy live music and dancing! Bands such as the Trent James Band, Barry Jolly, DJ Steve, and the Mighty Blue Band will be playing! Did we mention there’s a cash bar, no cover charge and it’s open to the public? Fridays never looked so good!

Tanasi Bar & Grill: We’ve taken care of your social schedule for Fridays (see Yacht Club Events above) and we can take care of your Mondays as well! Join us for Music Mondays at Tanasi Bar & Grill from 5:30-8:30pm for live music by the water! Bands such as JJ Tyson, Kenny Dykes, James Seaton, and 45 RPM will be there – how about you?

Fishing Club: Have you always been a fisherman but never had the community to enjoy it with? Join us at the Tellico Village Fishing Club! With educational gatherings featuring guest speakers and regular monthly meetings – this club is anything but fishy! Want to learn more or get involved? Contact Pete Young at 865-458-1527 or visit

Tellico Cruising (Boating) Club: Our Tellico Village lifestyle is often associated with lakeside living so it only makes sense that we would have a fun and active boating club! With monthly meetings, social hours and boat topics covering everything from pontoons, bow riders, wake boats, cruisers, and all motorized craft – anyone with any percentage of boat ownership is sure to want to be a part of this club! Find out more information at

Hiking Club: Are you an avid hiker but don’t want to go solo? Our Hiking Club has various hiking excursions featured every month! This month we are going to Ramsey Cascades, a difficult but beautiful 8-mile hike that boasts a multitude of waterfalls and rapids to view along the way. Not an advanced hiker? No problem! There’s an additional hike to Mouse Creek Falls on the schedule that’s only a little less than 5 miles and an easy hike with a moderate incline! No matter your skill level, we have hikes for everyone!

Feeling social yet? We sure are! Join us at Tellico Village as we create a community that’s more than just clubs and commonalities – but a lifestyle that supports your neighbors while building your social circle! Looking to make Tellico Village your home? Contact one of our Crye Leike realtors today at (865) 458-3000 to find the perfect home for you and your family. We have several homes with marvelous views of Tellico Lake and the Great Smoky Mountains. Want to schedule a tour? CLICK HERE!

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Save a Pumpkin, Carve a Lifestyle!

Fall in Tellico Village is the perfect time to get out and explore all the area has to offer. It is also an excellent time to watch a beautiful sunrise or sunset in the mountains of East Tennessee. Whether you are looking to move to the area or you have lived here for many years, there are many sights to see. Below are a couple of the scenic areas you and your family can enjoy.

Max Patch

Soak up an incredible sunrise or sunset at this beautiful grassy summit. Bring a blanket, a camera, and the pets and plan to stay for a while to enjoy the view. This 360 view allows you to see North Carolina and Tennessee at the same time all while enjoying this stop on the Appalachian Trail. This hike is relatively moderate at 1.5 miles roundtrip.

Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area

This park is home to over 180 miles of hiking trails and 35 miles of biking trails. Feel free to spend all day exploring the trails and finish the day at the East Rim Overlook where you can view a breathtaking sunset. This park is just an hour north of Knoxville and worth the drive to see the striking sandstone bluffs. The trails range from short and easy to long and strenuous hikes.

Make Tellico Village Home

Looking to experience these spectacular views and more every day? We have beautiful homes for sale right here in Tellico Village! Contact one of our Crye Leike realtors today to find the perfect home for you and your family. We have several homes with marvelous views of Tellico Lake and the Great Smoky Mountains. Don’t let the sun set on this opportunity, contact us today at (865) 458-3000! Want to send us a message? Visit our contact page HERE.

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September Village Update

New Beginner Tai Chi Class: Starting September 6

The Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA will o er a beginner Tai Chi class 10:30 a.m. – noon on Thursdays, starting September 6 in the Wellness Center. (You do not need to be a member of the Wellness Center to attend.) This four-month class covers a 108-move Tai Chi set. Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese internal martial art – widely known for its health benefits. These include increased flexibility, strength, improved balance, and a calmer mind. Tai Chi can be practice by people of all ages and physical abilities. The Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA is a tax- exempt, charitable organization whose accredited volunteer instructors donate their time in order to share the health-giving benefits of Taoist Tai Chi arts. For more information, contact Gail Eades at 865-599-6785 or visit

Homecoming Sunday: September 9th

Homecoming Sunday is a day the Community Church at Tellico Village will celebrate their 30th anniversary of being a church family. They are encouraging everyone to invite past members and friends back to church or new friends that are looking for a church family to help celebrate this important milestone on September 9th. There will be one service that day at 10:15am along with a series of presentations and acknowledgements of the service and support the Community Church as provided to various local organizations as well as the local community. The church has arranged for a fully catered lunch to be served after the 10:15pm service, on September 9th. Tickets can be purchased at the church office during the week. Each lunch ticket is $10 and includes a pulled pork sandwich, three sides and your choice of banana pudding or peach cobbler. Deadline for purchasing tickets is August 17th. For additional information the church office phone number is: 865-458-1516 and for more details the web site is:

MS Support Group: 3rd Tuesdays of the Month

Tellico Village is starting a support group, “Standing Up to MS”, for those impacted by MS- individuals, support partners, and health care professionals. The group meets every third Tuesday of the month at the Thai Bistro Restaurant in the Main Village at 11:30 AM. We would like to have this information posted in the Connection Calendar of Events. For further information, please contact Patricia Garrett, 423-884-3894 / patgarrett@tds. net or Vicky St. John, (513) 477-0453 /


Source: TVPOA Tell-E-Gram, PDF Here

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Tellico Village: Group Hiking meets East Lakeshore Trail!

Featured Hike: East Lakeshore Trail

What’s a good local hike? How about the 2.5 miles of the Sinking Creek Branch of East Lakeshore Trail! Not a solo hiker but rather looking for a group? Tellico Village has group hikes on the 3rd Tuesday of every month!

This past month, August, Tellico Village hikers gathered at the Poplar Springs Boat Ramp parking lot at 9:00 AM to carpool to the trail head. Hikers coming from Kahite met around 9:15 AM at the Sinking Creek Trailhead, which is at the intersection of Axley Chapel Road and National Campground Road. The East Lakeshore Trails are just across the lake from the Tellico Village community and is one of the most beautiful and accessible hiking trails in East Tennessee. This trail has even been designated as National Recreation Trails by the Department of the Interior!

Source: TVPOA Tell-E-Gram, PDF Here

If you would like to become more familiar with these trails and/or would just like to take a short 2 1/2 to 3 mile hike, then come join us on the 3rd Tuesday of every month! All of our monthly hikes should noon-ish (no later than 11:30 AM).

This past hike was lead by Larry Elder and Jon Foreman. For additional information feel free to contact: Larry: / 865-657-9722 or Jon: / 412-337-5500

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Village Update

New Villager’s Monthly Social

The New Villagers Club holds a Social 5-6:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month at the Yacht Club.

The next Social will be 5pm, Thursday August 2nd at the Yacht Club. New members should arrive at 4:30 p.m. Visit the New Villagers Club website for more information here.

T-Bart Presentation

The presentation is titled “Tellico Lake Orientation” and is free to all. It will take place on Monday, August 6th from 9 a.m. – Noon on the top floor of the Yacht Club. Subjects presented include lake characteristics and features, activities, and facilities available on the lake. Any questions, please call Frank Grote at 865-297-6486.

Tellico Village University: August Classes

DIY LAWN MAINTENANCE 2.0 Lawn Pests and Weeds – Identification and Eradication. August 13th from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. UT Extension Agent John Goddard returns with more engaging and very helpful information for the lawn DIY-er. This class will take place in the Yacht Club Gallery.

WHEN STYLE MEETS TRUST: Why People are the Way They Are and What to do About it – Villager Cindy Rogers is doing a repeat of this fun and interactive two session class to help us understand how we are alike, how we are different, and how we can engage with others more e ectively. This class will take place on August 17 and 24 at Chota Rec Center from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE – this course will be eight sessions and will occur on August 20 and 27; September 10, 17, 24, and October 1, 8, 15 in the Yacht Club Gallery. This course will be taught by an instructor from the Knoxville Center for the Deaf. It is limited to 20 persons.

SOCIALMEDIA4SENIORS AT TVU – all classes at the Welcome Center Conference Room. See complete descriptions in our TVU website.

• 8/9/18 – Windows 10 Basics, 9:30-11:30, $15
• 8/9/18 – Word Processing – Microsoft Word,12:00 -2:00, $15
• 8/10/18 – Facebook 101, 9:30-11:30, $15
• 8/10/18 – Facebook Advanced, 2:00 -2:00, $15

Visit our website at for complete class descriptions, requirements, tuition information for each class and links to the registration process. Registration is required, and in some cases, it is limited so we can manage our class experience. If you must cancel, please do so via the website.

Back to School Supplies Needed

Back-to-school supplies are needed for students at Loudon County and Steekee Elementary Schools. The Tellico Village Adopt-a-Class Program supports this effort with donations. We have placed boxes at 4 convenient locations – the Wellness Center, library, Chota Rec Center and the Welcome Center (storage – may drop-o at front desk).

Items requested include sharpened pencils, erasers, glue sticks, crayons, notebook paper, 2-pocket folders, spiral notebooks, and construction paper. Classroom needs include dry erase markers and cleaner, tissue, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and band aids. School begins on August 6, so please act now. Contact Bonnie Pierce (516-413-0177) or at or Karen Hamerslag (352-219-1046) or at with questions. Cash donations are also appreciated.

Source: TVPOA Tell-E-Gram, PDF Here

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How to Buy Lakefront

By Tom Gongola – Broker

So, you want to live on the lake! You choose wisely selecting Tellico Village and Rarity Bay communities. Now choose wisely selecting your lakefront investment. Here are a few key factors to consider:

Flat lot and close to the water

How close is the house to the lake? How steep is the walk down to the lake? Virtually all lots in the area slope down to the lake, but some more than others, and some way more than others. A flat lot from the back of the house out to the lake is highly desirable. A house close to the lake is even better. Don’t underestimate this. When shopping for a house, walk down to the water, then walk back. If you are huffing and puffing or had to stop and rest part way, there is a good chance you won’t walk down there often. If it was a gentle, easy, beautiful, leisurely stroll, you will more likely have your morning coffee or evening glass of wine right out on the dock.


Which way does the sun rise and set? Can you enjoy the deck when you want to? In addition to the orientation relative to the compass, look at the orientation relative to the lot. Builders tend to position the house to maximize the view, and sometimes that means the house is angled on the lot. Your lake view may actually be over a neighboring property.

Lakefront non-dockable

What is non-dockable? When the water level drops, it retracts from the shallower areas, typically at the ends of the coves. At its lowest, these lots may have very shallow or even no water frontage at all. Typically there is also a strip of POA (Property Owners Association) controlled land between the house and the lake. These lots can have a great lakefront view unobstructed by boat docks and access to swim and launch a canoe; however, if you’re an active boater and want your boat in your backyard, then this is not for you. If you love to sit out by the lake, want a lake view, and access to swim or canoe, and are on a non-lakefront budget (generally less than $500,000), then this option can be hundreds of thousands of dollars less than dockable lots.

Cove versus main channel and deep water docks

The TVA app is a great tool to see exactly what the lake level is and how the level changes throughout the year. During May through October, the lake is generally at its highest level, and December through March it is at its lowest level. A deep water dock will have sufficient water depth to get your boat in and out when the lake is low. It turns out that most boaters winterize their boats and do not go boating in the colder low water level in December through March. Buying a lakefront home has many tradeoffs. Consider how important this really is to your overall lakefront experience.


You know what a great view is when you see it. Some people love the 180 degree sweeping view of the wide open main channel. Some people love the more cozy views of the trees and other awesome lakefront houses that you see in a cove. Some people want to be “in the action” with a view of boats and yachts driving by. Watch to see if you have a seasonal view and what will be visible or not visible by season. When the leaves fall, that generally opens up the view of both the lake and the other homes nearby. Your awesome view when you buy a house in January may not be so awesome in August. Your private location in August may appear closer to the neighbor’s house than you thought in January. Another thing to consider is your relationship to other people’s boat docks. Sometimes your water view is littered with other boat docks – some of them huge and sticking out to what looks like right in front of your house.

Quiet location

You wake up to a buzzing noise thinking that we are under attack by bumble bees! Nope, that is just the jet skis. Some places are ideal for jet skis and water skiing, and others are not. Choose wisely when you select your lakefront investment.

Are there hot deals on the lake?

You bet! If you have vision and an open mind, there are some excellent opportunities. Consider Rarity Bay, which can sometimes be overlooked. Rarity Bay offers some outstanding lakefront homes both main channel and back bay, flat lake lots with a gentle slope to the water, very high quality construction, and at an outstanding value. Another possible hot deal is if you consider doing some remodeling. Some lakefront homes that were built 15 years ago picked the best lots, and now all they need is some updating for a great value. The best way get the hot deal is to do your homework in advance, so when a great opportunity comes up, you are ready. You need to be working with a Real Estate Broker to get your boots on the ground to know how much buys what in what area. You need an MLS Direct Email Feed, so when a new house hits the market, you know about it on day one, not a few days later when it’s too late. Multiple offers and back-up offers are happening. Be ready. Be first.

Take the Next Step

If you are looking to buy a home, our Tellico Village Crye Leike team are dedicated realtors devoted to helping you every step of the way and guiding you through your home search and buying process. Our realtors specialize in East Tennessee, Tellico Village Real Estate and the surrounding area. Retiring and looking in the area? Aiming to buy more than just a home but in finding a like-minded community? Tellico Village is sure to check off all your must haves! Contact one of our realtors today to get one step closer your next home and the lake – the lake in your backyard!

Want to learn more? Contact us today!

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VOLunteer Community

Being a resident at Tellico Village has a wide variety of perks. One perk is being close to the University of Tennessee, home of the VOL nation. Yes, VOL does stand for a season where everyone bleeds orange and finds community at tailgates and football games BUT Vol also stands for volunteer. Something our community here at Tellico Village also holds dear.

Retirement calls for many lifestyle changes and new hobbies, but what is better than a hobby that serves a larger purpose? Our community has a number of volunteer opportunities that will allow you the opportunity to do just that!

STAY: The Tellico Village community has well over 5,000 residents with many in their later years. With this, an emphasis for a neighborhood need has risen and the community has answered: STAY presents “age in place.” Through this program, neighbors help fellow neighbors stay in their homes as they age. Programs include: grocery shopping, ride sharing, home maintenance and information / educational opportunities.

COPs, Citizen’s Observer Patrol: This group assists law enforcement by acting as an extra set of “eyes and ears” for Village patrol. They report suspicious behavior, potential crimes or hazards, and have even been known to do home checks for Village residents who have been away from their home for extensive periods.

 TVVFD, Tellico Village Volunteer Fire Department: Under contract to Tellico Village Property Owners Association, the volunteer fire department is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation. They provide emergency medical and fire rescue service to those within Tellico Village. Made up of over 30 village volunteers, these dedicated individuals are on call 24 hours / 7 days a week.

Litter Angels: A dedicated group of volunteers who commit to keeping the Tellico Parkway free of litter and debris. Keeping watch over the entire 11-mile highway, this program has been essential in Tellico Parkway being recognized as one of the cleanest highways in the county.

WATeR, Watershed Association of the Tellico Reservoir: A nonprofit and non-partisan group that supports projects and policies that work to improve the environment in and around the Tellico Reservoir. These volunteers work to spread environmental education and friendly practices through public education and demonstrations.

Other organizations for volunteering include, but are not limited to: Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary, United Way, and T-BART: Tellico Boaters Assistance Response Team. Voted one of the best places to retire in Tennessee, Tellico Village is more than houses in the same neighborhood, it is a community. A true VOLunteer nation.

If you have been scrolling through homes for sale or searching for a resource that’s knowledgeable about the area, one of our Crye Leike realtors is sure to be able to help! Contact us today to learn more about this place we call home.

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Calling All Happy Hikers

Living in the South during the winter is always a weather roller coaster. You are just as likely to have a 30-degree snow day as you are a 70-degree lake day! With this in mind, knowing the trails in your area is always a must.

Meet East Lakeshore Trails! This local trail is both developed and maintained, in partnership with the TVA, by a dedicated group of volunteers organized by WATeR: The Watershed Association of the Tellico Reservoir. Like most amenities in Tellico Village, East Lakeshore Trail also acts as a representation of this area’s sense of community and environmental commitment.

Open all winter, the trails are located along the east shore of Tellico Lake. The trail system measures at over 26 miles with 8 accessible branches. With an overall trail difficulty of easy to moderate, these trails are known for being quiet, having a large number of tree species and a view of the mountains.

Trail Branches (in order of trail difficulty) for East Lakeshore Trails include:

  • David Ferry Branch: Easy
  • Glendale Branch: Easy
  • Glendale Shortcut Trail: Easy
  • Coytee Loop Branch: Moderate
  • Sinking Creek Branch: Moderate
  • Lotterdale Branch: Moderate
  • Jackson Bend Branch: Moderate
  • Morganton Branch: Easy / Moderate

Rosemary Marshall, Past President of the Tennessee Trails Association recalled the trail as, “One of the most beautiful and accessible hiking trails in our part of East Tennessee.”

Being close to the Great Smoky Mountains, rated one of the best places to retire and our sense of community here at Tellico Village are just a few of the many reasons why we here at Crye Leike Realtors invite you to explore making Tellico Village your next home! In addition to having a variety of realtors for you to choose from with an abundance of information on both the area and the community amenities, we here at Crye Leike are sure the trail to your next home will be nothing short of EASY!

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One of the many great recreational facilities available to those who live in Tellico Village is The Wellness Center. This center is a 27,000 square foot facility that has a pool, warm water therapeutic pool, indoor walking track, cardio and weight equipment, tennis courts, pickle ball courts, locker rooms, and saunas. In addition to all these fitness options, the center also has studios for a mental and physical sport that has no season: yoga!

With it being the start of the New Year, there is an immense focus on change. This begs the question: what first exists that must be changed? In order for a meaningful, effective, and sustainable change to take place, we must initially take an authentic look at what that change is. This journey requires honesty, vulnerability, impartiality, and most importantly, stillness… something so rarely found in today’s society but so often found in your yoga practice and on your mat.

Yoga, and the mindfulness it cultivates, are integral to self-awareness and radical self-acceptance. Through your yoga practice, you might find that you don’t need to change inasmuch as you simply need to appreciate what’s already there…how strong you are, how resilient you’ve been, how far you’ve already come, how talented and uniquely beautiful you are, how deserving you are.

So, maybe your New Year’s resolution this year should focus less on the person you want to be and more on appreciating the person you already are. Because if you can’t accept who you are now, you’ll never accept who you could become.

No matter what your New Year resolution this year, Tellico Village has the amenities and facilities to ensure that your resolution becomes more than just a resolution, but a lifestyle change! Voted as one of the best places to retire in Tennessee, our realtors in Tellico Village are excited to show you how considering homes for sale in Tellico Village can not only change your address, but also your sense of self-worth and lifestyle! Call one of our Crye Leike Realtors today and allow for your new year to bring out the best in who you already are!