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Decatur is the county seat of Meigs County in rural southeast Tennessee. This quaint little town's biggest draw is Watts Bar Lake and its 771 miles of scenic shoreline. The lake is outstanding for fishing and boating, and also has swimming, water skiing, sailing, hiking and biking, horseback riding and picnicking. There are also marinas and public boat ramps found around the lake, and canoe and boat rentals are nearby. Decatur is located in the hills of Tennessee where life is peaceful and unhurried, with green forests, waterfalls, unusual rock formations and deep gorges - a wildlife and bird watchers paradise! One of the most interesting attractions near Decatur is The Lost Sea. This is an unusual body of water, deep inside a mountain near the town of Sweetwater. It's listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest underground lake in the world and is part of an extensive cave system called The Craighead Caverns. Visitors can take a glass-bottom boat ride and view the rainbow trout stocked in the lake. The town of Decatur is also just a short drive to The Great Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Chattanooga and Lookout Mountain.

Surrounding areas: Watts Bar Lake, Tennessee (11.5 mi), Spring City, Tennessee (12.4 mi), Sweetwater, Tennessee (19.1 mi), Ocoee River, Tennessee (22.9 mi), Pikeville, Tennessee (23.0 mi), Benton, Tennessee (25.1 mi), Tellico Plains, Tennessee (29.8 mi)

Decatur Vacation Rentals

Decatur Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Hampton Inn Athens1821 Holiday DrAthens, TN9.1 mi.(423) 745-2345
Holiday Inn Express1819 Holiday DrAthens, TN9.1 mi.(423) 649-0003
Days Inn Of Athens2541 Decatur PikeAthens, TN10.1 mi.(423) 745-5800
Econo Lodge2620 Decatur PikeAthens, TN10.1 mi.(423) 744-8200
Travelodge115 County Rd 247Athens, TN12.4 mi.(423) 745-1212
Americas Best Value Inn7875 Rhea Country HwyDayton, TN12.5 mi.(423) 775-9190
Best Western Dayton7835 Rhea County HwyDayton, TN12.5 mi.(423) 775-6560
Holiday Inn Express2650 Rhea County HwyDayton, TN12.5 mi.(423) 570-0080
Howard Johnson22500 Rhea City HwySpring City, TN12.6 mi.(423) 365-9191
Best Western Sweetwater Inn1421 Murrays Chapel RdSweetwater, TN16.4 mi.(423) 337-3541
Comfort Inn731 S Main StSweetwater, TN18.8 mi.(423) 337-6646
Best Value Sweetwater Hotel180 Hwy 68Sweetwater, TN19.5 mi.(423) 337-3511
Budget Host Inn207 Hwy 68Sweetwater, TN19.5 mi.(423) 337-9357
Comfort Inn249 Hwy 68Sweetwater, TN19.5 mi.(423) 337-3353
Days Inn229 Hwy 68Sweetwater, TN19.5 mi.(423) 337-4200
Quality Inn & Suites1116 Hwy 68Sweetwater, TN19.5 mi.(423) 337-4900
Sleep Inn & Suites600 N Tennessee AveEtowah, TN20.2 mi.(423) 263-4343
Sleep InnTennessee Ave Us Hwy 411Etowah, TN20.3 mi.(423) 263-4343
Classic Suites179 Bernham DrCleveland, TN21.6 mi.(423) 339-4900
Comfort Inn153 James Asbury DrCleveland, TN21.6 mi.(423) 478-5265
Exclusive Quarters210 James Asbury Dr NWCleveland, TN21.6 mi.(423) 479-1333
Super 8 Motel163 Bernham DrCleveland, TN21.6 mi.(423) 476-5555
Econo Lodge2655 Westside Dr NWCleveland, TN22.8 mi.(423) 472-3281
Holiday Inn2400 Executive Park Dr NWCleveland, TN22.9 mi.(423) 472-1504
Wingate Inn110 Interstate DrCleveland, TN23.0 mi.(423) 478-1212
Baymont Inn & Suites-cleveland107 Interstate Dr NWCleveland, TN23.1 mi.(423) 339-1000
Howard Johnson2595 Georgetown RdCleveland, TN23.3 mi.(423) 476-8511
Applegate Inn1857 Apd 40 By PassCleveland, TN25.3 mi.(423) 479-9915
Hampton Inn Cleveland185 James Ashbury Dr NWCleveland, TN25.3 mi.(423) 559-1001
Jameson Inn - Cleveland360 Paul Huff PkwyCleveland, TN25.3 mi.(423) 614-5583
Knights Inn2421 Gerogetown Rd N WCleveland, TN25.3 mi.(423) 479-1333
Hospitality Inns Of America172 Pleasant Grove RdMcdonald, TN26.8 mi.(423) 479-4531
Hometown Inn222 W Sequoyah Access RdSoddy Daisy, TN28.8 mi.(423) 332-7755
Holiday Inn Express1845 S Roane StHarriman, TN29.3 mi.(865) 882-5340
Holiday Inn Express1885 S Roane StHarriman, TN29.3 mi.(865) 295-0001
Comfort Inn905 N Kentucky StKingston, TN29.4 mi.(865) 376-4965
Family Inns Of AmericaI-40 At Gallaher RdKingston, TN29.7 mi.(865) 376-5573
Country Inns & Suites12400 Us Hwy 72 NLoudon, TN29.7 mi.(865) 657-0050
Holiday Inn Express12400 Hwy 72 NLoudon, TN29.7 mi.(865) 458-5668

Decatur Weather & Climate

A mild climate with four seasons best describes the climate of southern Tennessee. Severe storms are infrequent in the state, being east of the center of tornado activity, south of most winter blizzard conditions, and too far inland to be affected by hurricanes. Hailstorms at a given location are observed 2 or 3 times a year. Thunderstorms are frequent in the warm season, and severe thunderstorms with damaging winds are experienced at scattered locations throughout the state each year. Summers are humid and fall is often the direst season. Winter in southeast Tennessee is generally mild and wet, and spring comes early to the state. Topography does have an affect on the general climate, and you can expect temperatures to be 10 - 20 degrees cooler on the mountaintops.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 45°F 26°F 5.51 in. -
February 51°F 29°F 4.77 in. -
March 60°F 36°F 6.32 in. -
April 70°F 44°F 4.60 in. -
May 77°F 53°F 5.35 in. -
June 84°F 61°F 4.10 in. -
July 87°F 66°F 4.58 in. -
August 86°F 65°F 4.10 in. -
September 81°F 59°F 4.62 in. -
October 70°F 46°F 3.47 in. -
November 58°F 37°F 5.19 in. -
December 49°F 29°F 5.62 in. -

Decatur Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are Lovell Field (CHA) located about 40 miles southwest of Decatur in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the Mc Ghee Tyson airport (TYS) located approximately 49 miles east of Decatur in Knoxville, Tennessee, the Upper Cumberland Regional airport (SRB) located roughly 55 miles northwest of Decatur in Sparta, Tennessee, the Scott Municipal airport (SCX) located around 65 miles north of Decatur in Oneida, Tennessee, and finally the Gatlinburg Pigeon Forge airport (GKT) located about 74 miles east of Decatur in Sevierville, Tennessee.

Decatur Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Lake WinnepesaukahRossvilleGA46.3 mi.
DollywoodPigeon ForgeTN72.0 mi.
Rockin' RacewayPigeon ForgeTN72.0 mi.
NASCAR SpeedParkSeviervilleTN73.2 mi.
Cherokee Fun ParkCherokeeNC83.2 mi.
Santa's LandCherokeeNC83.2 mi.
Water Parks
Lake Lanier Island Beach & Water ParkLake Lanier IslandGA102.2 mi.
White Water ParkMariettaGA109.1 mi.
Golf Courses
Lakehaven Golf & Country ClubDecaturTN 
Dayton Golf & Country ClubEvensvilleTN9.3 mi.
Ridgewood Golf ClubAthensTN12.7 mi.
White Oaks Golf CourseAthensTN12.7 mi.
Fall Creek Falls State Park Golf CoursePikevilleTN22.4 mi.
Madisonville Golf CourseMadisonvilleTN24.4 mi.
Rockwood Municipal Golf CourseRockwoodTN24.4 mi.
Chatata Valley Golf CourseClevelandTN25.9 mi.
Cherokee Springs Golf CourseClevelandTN25.9 mi.
Southwest Point Golf CourseKingstonTN27.3 mi.
Lakeside Golf CourseKingstonTN28.4 mi.
Ski Areas
Scaly MountainScaly MountainNC90.4 mi.
CataloocheeMaggie ValleyNC95.3 mi.
State Parks
Cumberland Mountain State ParkTN29.6 mi. 
Harrison Bay State ParkTN30.3 mi. 
Fall Creek Falls State ParkTN32.0 mi. 
Booker T Washington State ParkTN35.9 mi. 
Sequoyah Birthplace MuseumVonoreTN31.4 mi.(History)
National Knife MuseumChattanoogaTN43.8 mi.(Technology)
Tennessee Valley Railroad MuseumChattanoogaTN43.8 mi.(Technology)
Chattanooga Regional History MuseumChattanoogaTN43.8 mi.(History)
Farragut Folklife MuseumFarragutTN43.9 mi.(History)
American Museum of Science and EnergyOak RidgeTN44.9 mi.(Science)
East Tennessee Discovery CenterKnoxvilleTN57.7 mi.(Science)
Ewing Gallery of Art & ArchitectureKnoxvilleTN57.7 mi.(Art)
Knoxville Museum of ArtKnoxvilleTN57.7 mi.(Art)
East Tennessee Historical Society MuseumKnoxvilleTN57.7 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Tennessee AquariumChattanoogaTN43.8 mi.
Warner Park ZooChattanoogaTN43.8 mi.
Knoxville Zoological GardensKnoxvilleTN57.7 mi.

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