Favorite thing: Have you ever seen a valley so beautiful, lush and serene that just gazing out over it brings tears of joy to your eyes and makes you glad to be alive. Tennessee's Sequatchie Valley is that kind of place. In my mind, there is not a lovelier spot on the planet.
Pikeville and Bledsoe County are at the upper end Sequatchie Valley, which cuts through parts of Cumberland, Bledsoe, Sequatchie and Marion Counties. The Valley is is bordered by Signal Mountain and Walden's Ridge on the east and the rock rimmed Cumberland Plateau on the west. It was named for the Cherokee Indian Chief, Sequachee, who entered into a treaty with the colonial government of South Carolina.
The Sequatchie Valley, which measures 125 miles long is never more than 5 miles wide. It is said to be one of only two rift valleys in the world, the other being the Great Victoria Valley on the continent of Africa.
The sparkling Sequatchie River flows southward through the center of this fertile vale, offering sport for fishermen and "gentle thrills" for canoers.
Bledsoe County Courthouse
Favorite thing: Bledsoe County has a long and interesting history. The county was created by the Tennessee State Legislature in 1807 from part of Roane County. This was the 33rd county created in the state.
Settlers moved into the Sequatchie Valley soon after the treaty with the Indians was signed, ceding the first part of the valley to the state of Tennessee in 1805. Bledsoe county is the northernmost county of the valley. In my opinion the Sequatchie Valley is one of the prettiest settings on earth.
In 2000 Bledsoe County had a population of just over 12,000. Pikeville, the county seat, has less than 2000 residents.
Pikeville & Bledsoe County