From main street to mountains, relax and enjoy
County's warm southern hospitality and simple pleasures.
Explore our museums, historic sites and small towns to experience a heritage that speaks of Overhill Cherokee, early settlers, textile workers, railroaders and farmers surrounded by the beautiful countryside of
McMinn County's strong dairy heritage is celebrated at the new
Center, where you can take a plant tour to learn how popsicles are made or enjoy the South's best ice cream in the visitor center ice cream parlor.
Athens invites you to experience the culture of
County as told in 30 exhibits. While in
Athens, stroll around the Historic Courthouse Square, with its restored stores and shops. Ask about the nearby outlets, antique shops and unique places to eat.
Englewood, the awarding winning
Museum tells the story of the textile mills in
Englewood. In keeping with its textile history, one of the museum's neighbors is a fabric outlet.
Etowah, located near the
National Forest, is home to the restored
Louisville and Nashville Railroad Depot. Visitors can tour the depot, including a museum that spins stories of locomotive engineers, shopmen and the people who lived and worked in this railroad town. For information about what to do in the great outdoors, visit the
National Forest ranger station located in the depot. While there, check to see if there is a performance scheduled at the Historic Gem Theater, across the street.
From specialty stores and factory outlets to antique shops,
County is a great place for shoppers. While you're here, take home a piece of history or find that unique souvenir handcrafted by one of our local artists.
County restaurants and motels, bed and breakfasts and cabins provide you with the perfect place to relax for a family vacation or a weekend getaway. Nestled at the foothills of the
National Forest you’re sure to find something for everyone in
McMinn County is a convenient gateway to the
National Forest and the Cherohala Skyway. If you enjoy scenic drives, take Hwy 39 from
Englewood, or Hwy 310 from Etowah through farm country to Tellico Plains, where you can choose to ride alongside the
River and over the Cherohala Skyway (Hwy 165) for spectacular views. From Hwy 411 south of Etowah, you can follow Hwy 30 alongside the
River to Reliance and up to Hood Mountain Overlook.
For more information contact:
Athens Area Chamber of Commerce
Athens Area Visitor's Center
Etowah Chamber of Commerce