Tourism/Recreation

Recreation in Athens, TNThe Athens area has a bountiful supply of recreation spots.

Whether you are a fishing enthusiast or an avid golfer, recreation awaits you in McMinn county. Not only are there many recreational activities in which to take a part, but they are located in some of the most scenic areas of the Southeast.

At Watts Bar Lake, a 39,000-acre recreation area, you have a wide variety of activities in which to participate. Choose from sailing, water skiing, or fishing.

Rafting and Kayaking on the beautiful Ocoee River is within easy reach.

Trout fishermen can enjoy a tranquil day of fishing on the Tellico River, one of the most scenic trout streams in America.

GolfingHiking, camping and fishing are also available at Bald River Falls or in the Cherokee National/Forest.

There are also several swimming and tennis facilities located in McMinn County as well as four golf courses: Ridgewood Golf Club, Springbrook Golf & Country Club, White Oaks Golf Course and Willow Springs Golf Course.

The area is also well blessed with mountains, vast forests and many miles of river and lake shoreline which makes it a hunters dreamland.

For the real fitness buff, there are swimming lessons, aquacise, slimnastics, volleyball, and gymnastics programs at the YMCA.

Also located nearby is the Lost Sea, which is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest underground lake.