Morgan County, surrounded by beautiful mountains and the Obed Wild and Scenic River, offers a convenient location relatively close to both Chattanooga and Knoxville, as well as a mild climate with all four seasons. Located at the crossroads of State Highway 62 and U.S. Highway 27, the county features an airport with a 5,000-foot runway and the Norfolk Southern Railway line.
Morgan County has two National Parks and two State Parks. From Big South Fork River and Recreation Area to the Obed Wild & Scenic River, from Frozen State Park to Lone Mountain State Forest. Morgan County is home to the Cumberland Trail State Park, Historic Rugby, and the Catoosa Wildlife Management Area. Morgan County is rich in heritage, history, and beauty. The land that is now Morgan County was first inhabited by Woodland Indians and later used by Cherokees as a hunting ground. Permanent settlement began soon after Indian title to the land was extinguished in 1805. In 1817, the legislature organized the new county and named it after General Daniel Morgan. Its boundaries included large areas of land that are now parts of Fentress, Scott and Cumberland counties.
The colonization of the Wartburg area by German and Swiss settlers from 1845 to 1850 and the English at Rugby in 1880, have been important events in the history of the county. The scenic beauty of Morgan County area is one of the many reasons that the area has so many visitors each year. In 2018, Frozen Head State Park reported a record of over 176,200, a 20% increase.
Access and Visibility
Within major retirement states such as Arizona and Florida, most, but not all, retirement projects are located in major metropolitan areas and/or adjacent to major state, federal or interstate highways. The obvious reason for this approach is to increase the maximum potential capture rate of drive-by prospects, many of whom may only remain in the area for a brief period. While this strategy applies to some projects surrounding the Appalachian region, many of the most desirable and sought-after environments are in remote locations or at high elevations where interstate highways are not located or likely to occur.
Sunbright is situated atop the Cumberland Plateau approximately 25 miles (40 km) west of the plateau’s Walden Ridge escarpment. White Oak Creek, which drains Sunbright, is part of the upper watershed of the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River. The Big South Fork’s watershed meets the watershed of the Emory River atop Pilot Mountain, immediately south of Sunbright. Sunbright is surrounded by low mountains and hills that comprise the fringe of the Cumberland Mountains.
Sunbright is centered along U.S. Route 27, which connects the city to Wartburg and Harriman to the south and Huntsville and Oneida to the north. US-27 intersects Interstate 40 approximately 25 miles (40 km) south of Sunbright. Interstate 75 provides primary access to population centers in Tennessee, including Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Nashville.