Hiking and Biking
The Etowah Area is the Gateway To the Cherokee National Forest and to the many miles of hiking and biking trails in the nearby mountains. These trails through the Cherokee National Forest offer one of the best ways to experience the forest in a quiet and relaxed atmosphere.
The City of Etowah provides a variety of youth sports with separate fields for baseball, football, and soccer. Etowah also has facilities for basketball and tennis and a municipal pool.
In competitive sports, Little League Teams are offered for youth baseball and American Youth Soccer League (AYSO) is offered for soccer. Little League football and basketball is available through a city program as well as a competitive swim team.
In keeping with the phenomenally growing popularity of the sport, there are four golf courses in McMinn County and six courses located in adjacent or nearby counties.
The City of Etowah has four tennis courts with lighting for evening play.
The Cherokee National Forest and the US Forest Service provide many trails through the mountains for those who enjoy an equestrian ride through the quiet hills of Tennessee.
With four major rivers within a 25-mile radius and numerous lakes in the area, the Etowah offers a variety of venues outdoor water enthusiast. Activities on these waterways include white water rafting, canoeing, kayaking, tubing, tubing, jet skiing, skiing, boating, swimming and fishing in our trophy trout streams or lakes.
The Hiwassee River, named by Trout Unlimited as one of the top 100 trout streams in America Amply stocked with both Rainbow and Brown Trout. This river is well known for great fly-fishing and has a designated trophy area. Local outfitters will provide guides, boats, instruction, and equipment. Canoeing, kayaking, and tubing are allowed on this river which offers Class I and Class II rapids. Some sections may be classified as class III. Outfitters rent funyaks, rafts, and tubes for floating on this mountain river. This area has several picnic areas along the river as well as State Park campgrounds.
The Ocoee River was the site of the 1996 Olympic Canoe and Kayak Slalom Races and host several white water events throughout the year. Commercial river outfitters offer expert guides to take you down the Class III and Class IV Rapids. Several roadside vistas allow those who would rather watch than ride, an opportunity to see kayakers and rafters as they tackle this challenging course. The Ocoee Whitewater Center located on the river, provides a great place for people of all ages to enjoy the refreshing mountain water. This Center also has a gift shop and is the center for events such as an annual Lumberjack Festival.
The Tellico River is known for its trout fishing, waterfalls, and roadside views. This river which travels through the heart of the Cherokee National Forest, is a great place to cool off and play in this icy mountain stream. The Tellico River is also is also home to Baby Falls, and Bald River Falls which is one of the most photographed rivers in Tennessee. A fish hatchery is located on the upper section of the stream and many hiking trails and campgrounds are nearby.
Lakes in adjoining counties include Watts Bar Lake, Tellico Lake, Parksville Lake, Indian Boundary Lake, and Lake McCamy. Each of these lakes have there own distinct personality and provide great opportunities for boating, skiing, jet skiing, fishing, and swimming.
L&N Railroad Depot
P.O. Box 458
Etowah, TN 37331
(423) 263-2228 - Voice
(423) 263-1670 - Fax