Athens, Tennessee is located in McMinn County, TN. The Athens area has a bountiful supply of recreational spots. Whether you are a fishing enthusiast or an avid golfer, many recreational activities await 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 nearby Watts Bar Lake is a 39,000-acre recreation area which offers sailing, water skiing, and fishing. Rafting and Kayaking on the beautiful Ocoee River are popular outdoor adventures. The Tellico River, one of the most scenic trout streams in America, provides great fishing opportunities for trout fishermen. Athens is a hunter's paradise with its many mountains, vast forests, and many miles of river and lake shoreline.
Hiking, camping and fishing are available at Bald River Falls or in the Cherokee National Forest.
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The Lost Sea, is listed in the Guiness Book of World Records as the world's largest underground lake. Deep inside a mountain near Sweetwater in East Tennessee is a remarkable body of water known as The Lost Sea. The caverns have been known and used since the days of the Cherokee Indians. From the tiny natural opening on the side of the mountain, the cave expands into a series of huge rooms. Nearly a mile from the entrance, in a room now known as “The Council Room,” a wide range of Indian artifacts including pottery, arrowheads, weapons, and jewelry have been found, testifying to the use of the cave by the Cherokees.