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Benton is a small town located in Polk County, Tennessee in the southeast corner of the state. As of the 2000 census, the population was 1,138. The town of Benton is situated in one of the most beautiful areas of the state, within the Cherokee National Forest. The Ocoee River, a tributary of the Hiwassee River, joins together in Polk County near the town of Benton. The Ocoee River was the site of the 1996 Olympic whitewater competition and offers incredible recreational opportunities. The river has three separate parts: The Upper Ocoee is the Olympic course, the Middle Ocoee is the site of commercial rafting and the Lower Ocoee (below Parksville Lake Dam) is great for lazy tubing. The Hiwassee River is a favorite place for fishing, canoeing and kayaking. Other attractions near Benton include the Conasauga River and Lake Ocoee (or Parksville Lake,) located above the spectacular Parksville Dam. The area is also filled with hiking and biking trails, horseback riding and a railroad that takes visitors on a 50-mile round trip up the lower Hiwassee River gorge. In addition to outstanding outdoor recreation, the Benton area has historic sites and museums, antique shops and art galleries and great restaurants featuring delicious home cooking. Benton is also home to the Chilhowee Farmers Market (located at the Polk County Fairgrounds) and the gravesite of Cherokee maiden, Nancy Ward.

Surrounding areas: Ocoee River, Tennessee (2.2 mi), Coker Creek, Tennessee (14.6 mi), Ducktown, Tennessee (18.0 mi), Tellico Plains, Tennessee (24.0 mi), Decatur, Tennessee (25.1 mi), Sweetwater, Tennessee (31.2 mi), Watts Bar Lake, Tennessee (36.6 mi)

Benton Vacation Rentals

Benton Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Classic Suites179 Bernham DrCleveland, TN12.5 mi.(423) 339-4900
Exclusive Quarters210 James Asbury Dr NWCleveland, TN12.5 mi.(423) 479-1333
Super 8 Motel163 Bernham DrCleveland, TN12.5 mi.(423) 476-5555
Applegate Inn1857 Apd 40 By PassCleveland, TN12.6 mi.(423) 479-9915
Comfort Inn153 James Asbury DrCleveland, TN12.6 mi.(423) 478-5265
Hampton Inn Cleveland185 James Ashbury Dr NWCleveland, TN12.6 mi.(423) 559-1001
Jameson Inn - Cleveland360 Paul Huff PkwyCleveland, TN12.6 mi.(423) 614-5583
Knights Inn2421 Gerogetown Rd N WCleveland, TN12.6 mi.(423) 479-1333
Sleep InnTennessee Ave Us Hwy 411Etowah, TN12.6 mi.(423) 263-4343
Sleep Inn & Suites600 N Tennessee AveEtowah, TN12.8 mi.(423) 263-4343
Econo Lodge2655 Westside Dr NWCleveland, TN12.9 mi.(423) 472-3281
Howard Johnson2595 Georgetown RdCleveland, TN13.2 mi.(423) 476-8511
Holiday Inn2400 Executive Park Dr NWCleveland, TN13.3 mi.(423) 472-1504
Baymont Inn & Suites-cleveland107 Interstate Dr NWCleveland, TN13.4 mi.(423) 339-1000
Wingate Inn110 Interstate DrCleveland, TN13.4 mi.(423) 478-1212
Hospitality Inns Of America172 Pleasant Grove RdMcdonald, TN17.2 mi.(423) 479-4531
Trails End CabinsRt 1 Box 253Turtletown, TN17.3 mi.(704) 494-4610
Best Western Copper InnUS Hwy 64Ducktown, TN18.1 mi.(423) 496-5541
Travelodge115 County Rd 247Athens, TN18.9 mi.(423) 745-1212
Days Inn Of Athens2541 Decatur PikeAthens, TN19.6 mi.(423) 745-5800
Econo Lodge2620 Decatur PikeAthens, TN19.6 mi.(423) 744-8200
Hampton Inn Athens1821 Holiday DrAthens, TN20.1 mi.(423) 745-2345
Holiday Inn Express1819 Holiday DrAthens, TN20.1 mi.(423) 649-0003
Comfort Inn-chattanooga7717 Lee HwyChattanooga, TN28.1 mi.(423) 894-5454
Frindship Inn/airport7725 Lee HwyChattanooga, TN28.1 mi.(423) 899-2288
Motel 6 #7007707 Lee HwyChattanooga, TN28.2 mi.(423) 892-7707
Econo Lodge/airport7421 Bonny Oaks DrChattanooga, TN28.3 mi.(423) 499-9550
Comfort Inn & Suites83 Blue Rdg OverlookBlue Ridge, GA28.4 mi.(706) 946-3333
Douglas Inn & Suites1192 Windy RDG RdBlue Ridge, GA28.4 mi.(706) 258-3600
Ramada Ltd-blue Ridge30 Overview DrBlue Ridge, GA28.4 mi.(706) 632-4444
Best Western Heritage Inn7641 Lee HwyChattanooga, TN28.4 mi.(423) 899-8311
Country Hearth Inn7638 Lee HwyChattanooga, TN28.4 mi.(888) 363-9568
Comfort Inn7620 Hamilton Park DrChattanooga, TN28.5 mi.(423) 499-1993
Quality Inn7624 Hamilton Park DrChattanooga, TN28.5 mi.(423) 263-1148
Chief Vann Motel ChatsworthHwy 411 SouthChatsworth, GA29.0 mi.(706) 695-2911
Key West Inn Chatsworth501 Maddox PkwyChatsworth, GA29.0 mi.(706) 517-1155
Scottish Inn1279 Hwy 411 SChatsworth, GA29.0 mi.(706) 695-6894
Hometown Inn222 W Sequoyah Access RdSoddy Daisy, TN29.2 mi.(423) 332-7755
Quality Suites7324 Shallowford RdChattanooga, TN29.7 mi.(423) 892-1500
Comfort Inn & Suites2341 Shallowford Village DrChattanooga, TN29.8 mi.(423) 899-5151

Benton Weather & Climate

Southeastern Tennessee has a temperate climate with four seasons. Winters are generally short and mild, and summers are warm and humid, with cooler temperatures in the high mountain regions. Rain is common year round. The average annual snowfall for the state is 12 inches. Spring comes in early March with warmer weather and flowering trees and shrubs. Summer arrives full force in the region by mid May, bringing warm weather and higher humidity. The mountains of eastern Tennessee are a great place to escape the hot summer temperatures as the higher elevation cools the air slightly. Fall brings mild days and crisp evenings, along with brilliant foliage colors. Mid to late October is a good time to visit the region to experience the fall color change. Severe weather, such as tornadoes or blizzards, is rare in the state of Tennessee.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 48°F 27°F 5.37 in. -
February 53°F 30°F 4.60 in. -
March 62°F 37°F 6.19 in. -
April 71°F 44°F 4.42 in. -
May 78°F 53°F 4.94 in. -
June 85°F 61°F 4.51 in. -
July 88°F 66°F 4.29 in. -
August 87°F 65°F 3.43 in. -
September 81°F 58°F 4.46 in. -
October 71°F 45°F 3.39 in. -
November 60°F 36°F 4.85 in. -
December 51°F 30°F 4.97 in. -

Benton Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are Lovell Field (CHA) located about 32 miles west of Benton in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the Mc Ghee Tyson airport (TYS) located approximately 57 miles northeast of Benton in Knoxville, Tennessee, the Richard B Russell airport (RMG) located roughly 63 miles southwest of Benton in Rome, Georgia, and finally the Cartersville airport (VPC) located around 73 miles south of Benton in Cartersville, Georgia.

Benton Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Lake WinnepesaukahRossvilleGA38.1 mi.
DollywoodPigeon ForgeTN75.0 mi.
Rockin' RacewayPigeon ForgeTN75.0 mi.
NASCAR SpeedParkSeviervilleTN77.9 mi.
Cherokee Fun ParkCherokeeNC78.3 mi.
Santa's LandCherokeeNC78.3 mi.
American AdventuresMariettaGA84.6 mi.
Water Parks
Lake Lanier Island Beach & Water ParkLake Lanier IslandGA77.4 mi.
White Water ParkMariettaGA84.6 mi.
Golf Courses
Chatata Valley Golf CourseClevelandTN12.3 mi.
Cherokee Springs Golf CourseClevelandTN12.3 mi.
Ridgewood Golf ClubAthensTN18.7 mi.
White Oaks Golf CourseAthensTN18.7 mi.
Copper Basin Golf ClubCopperhillTN20.9 mi.
Nob North Golf CourseCohuttaGA22.8 mi.
Lakehaven Golf & Country ClubDecaturTN25.1 mi.
Bear Trace at Harrison Bay State ParkHarrisonTN27.3 mi.
Madisonville Golf CourseMadisonvilleTN28.5 mi.
Indian Trace Golf CourseChatsworthGA29.4 mi.
Spring Lakes Golf ClubChatsworthGA29.4 mi.
Ski Areas
Scaly MountainScaly MountainNC76.4 mi.
CataloocheeMaggie ValleyNC90.8 mi.
State Parks
Harrison Bay State ParkTN26.4 mi. 
Fort Mountain State ParkGA28.7 mi. 
Booker T Washington State ParkTN29.6 mi. 
Sequoyah Birthplace MuseumVonoreTN36.9 mi.(History)
National Knife MuseumChattanoogaTN38.1 mi.(Technology)
Tennessee Valley Railroad MuseumChattanoogaTN38.1 mi.(Technology)
Chattanooga Regional History MuseumChattanoogaTN38.1 mi.(History)
Farragut Folklife MuseumFarragutTN56.6 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Tennessee AquariumChattanoogaTN38.1 mi.
Warner Park ZooChattanoogaTN38.1 mi.
Knoxville Zoological GardensKnoxvilleTN68.2 mi.
Zoo AtlantaAtlantaGA99.6 mi.

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