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The Best Places To Go Off Grid: Pikeville, Tennessee

Relocating is a big deal. Moving yourself, your spouse, and your children to a new area or even a whole new state is nothing to take lightly. If you are choosing to relocate in order to live an off-the-grid lifestyle, your move is especially momentous. Many of us are fed up these days with the government and the state of society in general. Going off the grid is an immensely appealing option. Living off the land, being self-sufficient, getting out of the grasp of the overreaching government, and being prepared in the case of a major disaster are all great reasons to get out there and get off the grid.

But where will you go? Moving can be very disruptive and difficult. Moving to a rural area with little to no infrastructure can be a very tough transition. If it is important to you and your family, however, you will make it work. Before you go anywhere, take the time to make the crucial decision of where to go. You need to consider such things as proximity to water sources, like-minded people, and food. You also need to be sure that you are going somewhere where you can afford to purchase land or a homestead.

Where Low Cost, Safety, Wide Open Spaces, and Living Off Grid Collide

One great option for making the big move is a small town called Pikeville in Tennessee. Pikeville is the county seat of Bledsoe County and is home to just 2,000 people. It is in the Sequatchie Valley of eastern Tennessee. You won’t regret living in this scenic valley: the views are simply amazing. You and your family can wake up every day to enjoy the fields, forests, and wildlife in the valley between Little Mountain and Walden Ridge.

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It’s not just the views that make Pikeville an excellent choice for off-the-grid living. The area is a great base for being self-sufficient. You can purchase land outside of town and build the cabin or home of your dream. There are also cabins already built that are occasionally up for sale. These often come with large tracts of land. The setting in the mountains of eastern Tennessee gives you plenty of natural resources for survival. The forests are great for hunting and foraging. The nearby Sequatchie River can provide you with water and fish. And, of course, with enough land, you can grow your own food. Other needs can be purchased in the small town of Pikeville.

Another reason you may be fleeing the suburbs or city for a place like Pikeville is safety. Crime in many areas is a terrifying prospect to live with, especially if you have children. Pikeville has an extremely low crime rate. In 2003, the FBI recorded only five violent crimes in Pikeville. There were no murders or homicides that year, and not much has changed in Pikeville over the last decade.

Cost is another important consideration to make when relocating. If you are choosing to go off the grid, you are probably preparing to live simply and with less money. However, you will need to spend some money to get started and to keep going. It is important that you understand how much money you have and how much you will be able to spend on a property. Land and homes in Pikeville and Bledsoe County are very reasonably priced. Luckily for you, many people forsake these rural areas for jobs in the city. This means you can get a good-sized chunk of land for a great price. If you know that you will need to make some money while living off the grid, you have the option of selling goods that you create on your homestead to the couple of thousand residents of Pikeville.

Other Important Considerations

Finally, you will need to consider what kind of social life you and your family will have when living off the grid. For many, having a community of like-minded people is very important. While you can find a remote location near Pikeville, you will find that there are others not too far away. The Sequatchie Valley draws individuals and families with the same values, needs, and interests as you. Here, you should have both the option of being isolated or gathering together with your off-the-grid neighbors for fun and to swap secrets of the lifestyle.

Pikeville is an excellent choice for going off the grid, but wherever you choose to move, be sure you make the decision carefully. You are taking your family on a big adventure with serious consequences. Take the time to do it right, and you will never regret it.

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  1. Hello my name is Bobby and I am originally from Tennessee but have lived in Georgia most of my life but have missed Tennessee and the possibilities of what life could’ve been living there most of my family there grew up farming and have lived pretty decent lives and I always wanted to grow up and work on the family farm or have one of our own not too big or small and live off the grid as well relying first and foremost on God and then one another.
    With wars and rumors of wars I think living off the grid would be better than being out in the open with a bullseye on my back and I want my wife and children to feel that sense of security and safety as well as knowing that there is nothing the government or terrorists or anyone else can do to us to keep us in the downward spirialling image of the world….

    We will check on Pikeville Tennessee and other areas as well to see what is the best fit I’d like to have enough land near a water source partial wooded and partial field for growing food and to keep our homestead in the woods far enough not to be seen and add cabins as needed for more family to come join us.

  2. We have 108 acres for sale, with gated private drive, natural springs, and potential for either grid-tie or off-grid electric. 15 minutes to Jackson, TN. Low property taxes, but good schools. Willing to sub-divide into 15 acre mininum tracts. Wooded and partially cleared tracts available. With these tracts, your home would be as close as 800′ from the main road, or as far as 1/2 mile. Call Ernie Williams at 731-697-1665 for more information.

    • Valerie Plummer

      Hello Ernie, do you still have any land available. I am looking for land to get off the grid and live quietly.
      Thanks, Valerie

    • Hello Ernie, my wife and I are very interested in this lifestyle. Yet, we don’t know how to begin. We are tired of the high crime in memphis. I would love to get some insight from you.

  3. 40 acres on mountain spring city tn.2ponds ,creek,large shop 40/60 2wells , $ 80′,ooo.oo. No house.

  4. HI There, my name is Oni Brewer, my husband and I were very surprised to find your article. We have lived off the grid here in Pikeville TN. since 2004! We absolutely love it and wouldn’t live anywhere else. We have raised 3 of our 5 children living off the grid and I can promise you they aren’t worse for the wear and are missing none of the finer things in life. We will never go back to paying for our electricity or living the city life. As a matter of fact, I will be graduating in Nov. 2015 with a BA in Sustainable Enterprise Management and plan on starting my own consulting company!

  5. Randy Billingsley

    Bledsoe County and Pikeville is a beautiful place. I grew up there and hopefully will be able to return there.

  6. Kimberlye Willis

    Hi! We have 8 acres here. Native californians , we were disgusted with the government and want to be self sustainable. I have recently started my garden and have a beehive with honeybees providing us with honey and comb in which to make candles, soap, etc. We love that we 68 in. of rainfall per year and our woods will provide much needed fuel. My advice- stock up on canned goods. We also get Fall Creek falls water and I use my old plastic milk containers to store drinking water. We also have a trap in which to trap possum, etc. if need be. Love it here and inlaws live in Crossville.

  7. Looking for a sales agent that has knowledge of otg properties in Sugar Tree Tennessee

  8. We have lived in Pikeville for the last 15 years and love it. The only problem is finding work to support the family. Not many jobs locally, but Chattanooga is only 50 miles away and has a strong economy. The valley is full of churches and nice people and my daughter graduated from Bledsoe High and went on to get a 4 year degree from ETSU. So the school systems are excellent. We have written several books about living off-the-grid here in Pikeville. We moved from Atlanta and built a solar home, with compost toilets and rainwater collection. Since then, we have been experimenting with all aspects of off-grid living.

    • Hi
      It sounds like you have a wonderful life living in Pikeville. I would like more info about your books you have written.

      • Hillary Bergeron

        To check out my books Google Unplug from the grid by Hillary Bergeron

      • I am moving to Crossville , TN to Safe Haven, 1/2 rents for $125,, Look on Facebook
        Tiny House | Our Tiny Safe Haven and check it out:)

      • Been living in Pikeville for 1 year, good place but too hot (I’m from NY) NO jobs are here!! very rare to find land for under $2,500 an acre. unless you move to hill property, In the valley most land is $5,000 an acre. But I can see how you could be off the grid here. With sites like this it will be overcrowded soon and the law WILL shut down off-gridders!! find other places now. by moving here to be off grid it will not take long for local government to figure it out. ALL towns want/need tax money and utility moneys

    • Hello my name is Vickie, I was reading your note here and wanted to ask about off grid living how do you pay your healthcare and those kind of expensices if you don’t have a job or any income? My husband and I are trying to learn as much as we can before we go off grid! Thank you, Vickie

  9. My husband and two small children are considering living otg as well. I’m mostly nervous about having some sort of income coming in. But, we have a 3 yr plan. My husband is going to go over the road truck driving for a few years while we save and can pay cash for everything. We are just starting this plan so I’ve got awhile to go before we go otg, but I’m so very excited to do this! I know my family might not approve but we are doing this!! So ready for this change

    • I am moving to Crossville , TN to Safe Haven, 1/2 rents for $125,, Look on Facebook
      Tiny House | Our Tiny Safe Haven and check it out:)

  10. I just recently bought 5.5 acres in Pikeville TN,
    moving to my new homestead in late November.
    Starting a new business in Dayton.
    With some hard work i hope to get my small Farm started,

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