Scott County officials hope adventure tourism will help economy

Scott County officials hope adventure tourism will help economy

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Scott County has had the highest unemployment rate in the state for the past several years. Scott County has had the highest unemployment rate in the state for the past several years.
The hope is to change the way people see the area and draw more people in to take part in those outdoor activities like camping, ATV trails and whitewater rafting to name a few. The hope is to change the way people see the area and draw more people in to take part in those outdoor activities like camping, ATV trails and whitewater rafting to name a few.
By WHITNEY GOOD
6 News Reporter

HUNTSVILLE (WATE) - A county burdened for years with high unemployment rates may have finally found a way to help.

Scott County has had the highest unemployment rate in the state for the past several years.

Recent numbers show it just above 13 percent, but county leaders say they have a plan to shrink that number called "adventure tourism."

"There are a lot of different things, a lot of different outdoors activities that fall under the umbrella of adventure tourism and we've got most of those here between the Big South Fork and the Cumberland Mountains," said Ben Garrett with the Scott County Tourism Committee.

The hope is to change the way people see the area and draw more people in to take part in those outdoor activities like camping, ATV trails and whitewater rafting to name a few.

"We feel like that when you consider that total package there aren't a lot of other places you can go to and find what you can find right here in this area," said Garrett.

Local businesses like the Fireside Restaurant in Huntsville say they have a lot of hope for what adventure tourism will bring to the area.

They say the more people you bring in, the more business they get.

"Every day were not having an influx of folks coming in to work. We have people going out of town to work, and in a business that hurts you because you don't have a local base, and any time you can bring new people into the community it's a plus," said Donnie Sexton at Fireside Restaurant.

Tourism officials have deemed Scott County as "The Adventure Tourism Capital of Tennessee."

"People can drive for a half day or a day to get here and leave feeling like that they have gotten their money's worth," said Garrett.

It is a motto and a belief many hope sticks and makes a real difference in their hometown economy  

"It's bringing different folks in that would normally not even come into this community and it does help," said Sexton.
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