Homesteading in Tennessee

Homesteading in Tennessee – here is a summary of some of the important considerations for starting off your homestead journey in this state.

homesteading in tennessee

Climate  – Click on the city/town links for more ‘local’ data

Geography – general geographic information

Geology  – geologic information (what rocks do we find)

Legal/Tax considerations

Building codes

Agricultural statistics

Home schooling

Average land price per acre (2013) : $4,700


Homesteader Comments

Read below what real homesteaders in this state think the pros and cons for living and homesteading here.  Add your own in the comments!

Pros: No state taxes, no drought, 

Cons: Lots of hills and rocks

Mary, 5 acres

Pros: A lot of places in Tennessee have no building codes, which allows you the freedom to homestead without feeling pressured and burdened with cost.

Generally speaking most people tend to understand homesteading and actually support you instead of calling you crazy.

Cons: The availability of homestead resources can sometimes be limited.  Cottage laws are fairly open, however still limit sales of certain goods on farm.

Timothy, 24 acres

Pros: Lots of open lands and water. 

The water is clean over near the mountains easy to get


Sandra, 22 acres

10 thoughts on “Homesteading in Tennessee

  • October 17, 2016 at 12:01 am

    Where would i look for land to homestead.

  • November 10, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    I am also looking for undeveloped land..10+ acres or more…any good places up against the Smokey’s or in them?

  • January 7, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Looking for about 25 Acres in tenn

  • April 25, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    How and where do i look and start to find homestead land in Chattanooga. Plz help looking too move by Oct2017.. Thank you

  • May 19, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    We are hoping to find property in eastern Tennessee. Really want about 30 acres or so. The only problem is currently would need owner financing. Is that unreasonable?? Just trying to get our game plan together, hoping to move by end of year or early next year.

    • May 20, 2017 at 4:53 am

      Getting ‘owner financing’ is really tough. Basically, people selling think that if you can’t get a loan via traditional means it is because you have a bad record of paying your debts…and they don’t want to take the risk is a bank won’t either. That said, you can make it work. One way is to offer to rent/lease for twelve months with a strong deposit….and then ALWAYS pay on time, keep the place well cared for and be excellent tenants. Prove to the owner that you can be trusted. That can open their hearts and minds to the process.

  • July 18, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    I’m a musician here in nashville, but I’m a country boy from Appalachians and I love tennessee, 57 years old now and would love to find somesteading land in tennessee !! Just don’t know how or where to find it !!

    • September 7, 2017 at 3:31 pm

      I’d love to try homesteading in Tennessee. Let me know if you want to pardner up and try to get a homestead going.

      • December 9, 2017 at 7:10 pm

        I am looking for any helpful information to assist my goal of living off grid and homesteading within 60-miles of Nashville, TN. Any advice is much appreciated. Thank you!



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