Bradley County is a Tennessee Three-Star Community meeting a high level of benchmarks established by the State Department of Economic Development. Our community's industrial and economic base is enhanced by an outstanding quality of life.
Located between Chattanooga and Knoxville on I-75, Bradley County is in the middle of one of nature's most beautiful playgrounds. Just 20 minutes away is the beautiful Ocoee River and the site of the Whitewater Venue in the 1996 Olympics. Visitors have come to know Bradley County as the gateway to the Cherokee National Forest and the Great Smoky Mountains.
The Hiwassee River is the first designated State Scenic River in Tennessee. The Hiwassee offers a wide variety of outdoor recreational opportunities such as canoeing, fishing, hiking and nature photography as well as skiing, boating and camping on some sections of the river.
Bradley County’s unique history includes the home of the Cherokee Nation who’s last Eastern Capitol is now known as Red Clay State Historical Park. It is an interpreted site certified by the National Trail of Tears Association and stands as a reminder of the spot where they were notified of their tragic journey ahead.
There are significant Civil War sites in Bradley County and two Gateway markers explain why President Abraham Lincoln placed a high priority upon capturing and controlling the railroad in the County Seat of Cleveland. This would enable union troops to control the supply lines to the looming battle in Chattanooga in November of 1863.
However, the 100,000 plus residents of Bradley County are not stuck in the past. We enjoy our history but look to the future with energy and anticipation. Our outstanding quality of life is enhanced by two institutions of higher learning and a thriving industrial community. The seasonal climate, major transportation advantages, diversified economy and traditional family values combine to make Bradley County the ideal place to live, work, raise a family and even retire.
Explore what we have to offer and you will find a warm, friendly community rich in history, yet characterized by progress. We are confident you will agree with our Chamber of Commerce which is fond of saying that Bradley County, Cleveland and Charleston are "in the middle of it all. Come see us!