Benton, Tennessee, with a population of 4,718, is located in Polk County, TN and 38.5 miles from Chattanooga. In 1977 Ocoee Outdoors pioneered guided whitewater rafting trips on the Ocoee River. The Ocoee River is the most popular whitewater rafting river in America, with more than 200,000 rafters braving the rapids each year. "The Ocoee explodes into five miles of almost continuous whitewater, with over 20 Class III and IV rapids. From the Class IV Grumpy Rapid at the start, to the grand finale Hell's Hole, the Ocoee guarantees a memorable whitewater adventure for the beginner and experienced whitewater rafter. Rapids like Broken Nose, Double Suck, Double Trouble, Surprise, Table Saw, Torpedo and Bubba Home Free fill in the spaces between." [More]
The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway is 28 miles from Benton in Blue Ridge, Georgia. The train route consists of a 26-mile round trip through historic Murphy Junction along the beautiful Toccoa River. This railroad was built over 100 years ago and is the only mainline railroad excursion service based in Georgia. Each trip begins at the depot in Blue Ridge, Georgia and includes a stop in McCaysville which allows passengers to disembark and stretch their legs while exploring the downtown communities of McCaysville, Georgia and Copperhill, Tennessee. Each round trip takes approximately 3 1/2 hours.
The closest airport is McMinn County Airport (MMI) in Athens, TN.
Benton, Tennessee was established somewhere around 1839.
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