Cleveland is a city on the go, and it’s been that way for a long time. Cleveland is located in Bradley County and it’s Tennessee’s fifth largest industrial city, and home to 12 Fortune 500 companies. You can find a host of employers like Mars Chocolate of North America, Life Care Centers of America, and Hardwick Clothes. But one of the biggest and most influential economic drivers is tourism, and it’s easy to see why.
Bradley County is located near the Cherokee National Forest, and both the Ocoee and Hiwassee Rivers flow through the forest. That makes it a magnet for people interested in hiking, river rafting, camping, hunting, fishing, and just enjoying the convenience of nature. Thousands of visitors come to the area, and the locals enthusiastically enjoy the great outdoors located a virtual stone’s throw from their homes. Plus, the Ocoee is the only Olympic river in America, and its fast-paced rapids makes it one of the most popular outdoor destinations in the South.
For those looking to stay urban, there’s plenty to do in the city limits. Every Halloween, over 20,000 people enjoy the MainStreet Cleveland Halloween Block Party, a place with safe trick or treating, live music, food stands, and costume contests. Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland gave Cleveland the nickname of “Halloween Capital of the world.” The Museum Center at 5ive Points offers visitors a detailed look at the rich history and culture of Cleveland and Bradley County.
Spend a day in downtown Cleveland and you’ll find a wealth of charming restaurants, unique boutiques, and locally-owned shops, and a place steeped in history with Civil War sites and the Cherokee Nation. With amazing wineries, gorgeous vistas, and friendly people, visitors keep coming back and sometimes become locals themselves. It’s no wonder that Cleveland’s motto is “In the Middle of it All.”