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Sweetwater is located in Monroe County in east Tennessee, southwest of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Tellico Lake and Watts Bar Lake are located nearby. Less than an hour from the cities of Knoxville and Chattanooga, the Sweetwater area is quiet and tranquil, with one third of the county comprised of the Cherokee National Forest. There are 189 miles of trails for hikers, bicycling and horseback riding. Other area recreational opportunities include swimming, boating and fishing, canoeing and kayaking, rock climbing, golf, hunting, birdwatching and wildlife viewing. Monroe County is also considered the gateway to the gorgeous Cherohala Skyway. A drive along this scenic highway will take you through the Cherokee National Forest, along the Tellico River and past cascading waterfalls and hills full of blossoming Rhododendrons. However, the main attraction in the town of Sweetwater is The Lost Sea, part of the Craighead Caverns cave system. This unusual landmark is America's largest underground lake and the second largest in the world. It's been designated a Registered National Landmark, and no one really knows exactly how large it is because part of it is in completely submerged "rooms" that no one has been able to fully explore. A guided walk through many of the caves and glass bottom boat tours are available on The Lost Sea. There are many other attractions within an easy day's drive of Sweetwater, including Lookout Mountain, Rock City Gardens, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.

Surrounding areas: Vonore, Tennessee (12.7 mi), Greenback, Tennessee (17.5 mi), Tellico Plains, Tennessee (18.8 mi), Decatur, Tennessee (19.1 mi), Watts Bar Lake, Tennessee (21.7 mi), Spring City, Tennessee (23.1 mi), Ocoee River, Tennessee (29.3 mi)

Sweetwater Vacation Rentals

Sweetwater Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Value Sweetwater Hotel180 Hwy 68Sweetwater, TN (423) 337-3511
Best Western Sweetwater Inn1421 Murrays Chapel RdSweetwater, TN (423) 337-3541
Budget Host Inn207 Hwy 68Sweetwater, TN (423) 337-9357
Comfort Inn731 S Main StSweetwater, TN (423) 337-6646
Comfort Inn249 Hwy 68Sweetwater, TN (423) 337-3353
Days Inn229 Hwy 68Sweetwater, TN (423) 337-4200
Quality Inn & Suites1116 Hwy 68Sweetwater, TN (423) 337-4900
Country Inns & Suites12400 Us Hwy 72 NLoudon, TN11.9 mi.(865) 657-0050
Holiday Inn Express12400 Hwy 72 NLoudon, TN11.9 mi.(865) 458-5668
Grand Vista Hotel And Suites117 Grand Vista DrVonore, TN12.7 mi.(423) 884-6200
Travelodge115 County Rd 247Athens, TN12.9 mi.(423) 745-1212
Days Inn Of Athens2541 Decatur PikeAthens, TN13.4 mi.(423) 745-5800
Econo Lodge2620 Decatur PikeAthens, TN13.4 mi.(423) 744-8200
Hampton Inn Athens1821 Holiday DrAthens, TN13.7 mi.(423) 745-2345
Holiday Inn Express1819 Holiday DrAthens, TN13.7 mi.(423) 649-0003
Comfort Inn150 Interchange Park LnLenoir City, TN18.1 mi.(865) 988-8880
Econo Lodge1211 Hwy 321 NLenoir City, TN18.1 mi.(865) 986-0295
Hampton Inn Knoxville/Lenoir City585 Ft Loudon Medical Center DrLenoir City, TN18.1 mi.(865) 988-2000
Ramada Limited400 Interchange Park DrLenoir City, TN18.1 mi.(429) 986-9000
Days Inn495 Gallaher RdKingston, TN18.7 mi.(865) 376-2069
Sleep Inn & Suites600 N Tennessee AveEtowah, TN19.2 mi.(423) 263-4343
Comfort Inn905 N Kentucky StKingston, TN19.3 mi.(865) 376-4965
Sleep InnTennessee Ave Us Hwy 411Etowah, TN19.4 mi.(423) 263-4343
Family Inns Of AmericaI-40 At Gallaher RdKingston, TN19.5 mi.(865) 376-5573
Holiday Inn Express1845 S Roane StHarriman, TN22.4 mi.(865) 882-5340
Holiday Inn Express1885 S Roane StHarriman, TN22.4 mi.(865) 295-0001
Howard Johnson22500 Rhea City HwySpring City, TN22.9 mi.(423) 365-9191
Best Western SundancerI-40 & Hwy 27Harriman, TN23.5 mi.(865) 882-6200
Super 8 Motel1867 South Roang StHarriman, TN23.5 mi.(800) 800-8000
Holiday Inn Express11717 Campbell Lakes DrKnoxville, TN26.3 mi.(865) 966-2500
Comfort Suites811 Campbell Station RdKnoxville, TN26.4 mi.(865) 675-7585
Country Inn & Suites Knoxville West805 Campbell Station RdKnoxville, TN26.4 mi.(865) 675-9800
Baymont Inn & Suites-Knoxville W11341 Campbell Lakes DrKnoxville, TN26.5 mi.(865) 671-1010
Econo Lodge1590 Oak Ridge TpkeOak Ridge, TN27.3 mi.(865) 483-1200
Knights Inn11320 Outlet DrKnoxville, TN27.5 mi.(865) 966-7500
Best Western Inn W500 Lovell RdKnoxville, TN27.9 mi.(865) 675-7666
Motel 6 Knoxville West402 Lovell RdKnoxville, TN27.9 mi.(865) 675-7200
American Classic Suites805 Foothills Mall DrMaryville, TN28.4 mi.(865) 983-9839
Candlewood Suites10206 Parkside DrKnoxville, TN28.7 mi.(865) 777-0400
Courtyard By Marriott216 Langley PlKnoxville, TN29.9 mi.(865) 539-0600
Bed & Breakfast
Bushrod Hall Bed & Breakfast422 Cumberland StHarriman, TN23.4 mi.(888) 880-8406

Sweetwater Weather & Climate

The Knoxville Region in eastern Tennessee is in a temperate climate zone. The summers are always warm and humid and the winters are brief and mild. Spring arrives early and stays for a long time and is alive with dogwoods, azaleas and other beautiful flowers. The average annual temperature for the region is 60 degrees F. The average annual snowfall for the entire state is 12 inches, and with the mild climate, snow rarely stays on the ground for more than a few days. Severe weather is rare since the state is east of the center of tornado activity, south of most winter blizzard conditions and too far inland for hurricanes. Hailstorms occur maybe two or three times per year. Thunderstorms are common in late spring and summer.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 46°F 26°F 6.09 in. -
February 51°F 28°F 4.91 in. -
March 60°F 36°F 6.32 in. -
April 69°F 43°F 4.80 in. -
May 77°F 52°F 4.86 in. -
June 84°F 61°F 4.08 in. -
July 87°F 65°F 4.65 in. -
August 87°F 64°F 3.69 in. -
September 81°F 58°F 5.04 in. -
October 71°F 44°F 3.61 in. -
November 60°F 36°F 5.01 in. -
December 50°F 29°F 5.33 in. -

Sweetwater Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Mc Ghee Tyson airport (TYS) located about 30 miles east of Sweetwater in Knoxville, Tennessee, the Gatlinburg Pigeon Forge airport (GKT) located approximately 55 miles east of Sweetwater in Sevierville, Tennessee, Lovell Field (CHA) located roughly 56 miles southwest of Sweetwater in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the Scott Municipal airport (SCX) located around 59 miles north of Sweetwater in Oneida, Tennessee, the Upper Cumberland Regional airport (SRB) located about 67 miles northwest of Sweetwater in Sparta, Tennessee, and finally the Moore Murrell airport (MOR) located approximately 73 miles northeast of Sweetwater in Morristown, Tennessee.

Sweetwater Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
DollywoodPigeon ForgeTN52.9 mi.
Rockin' RacewayPigeon ForgeTN52.9 mi.
NASCAR SpeedParkSeviervilleTN54.1 mi.
Lake WinnepesaukahRossvilleGA62.8 mi.
Cherokee Fun ParkCherokeeNC65.4 mi.
Santa's LandCherokeeNC65.4 mi.
Ghost Town in the SkyMaggie ValleyNC77.3 mi.
Water Parks
Lake Lanier Island Beach & Water ParkLake Lanier IslandGA101.3 mi.
White Water ParkMariettaGA114.0 mi.
Golf Courses
Madisonville Golf CourseMadisonvilleTN8.7 mi.
Rarity Bay on Lake TellicoVonoreTN12.9 mi.
Ridgewood Golf ClubAthensTN13.0 mi.
White Oaks Golf CourseAthensTN13.0 mi.
Lakeside Golf CourseKingstonTN17.4 mi.
Cedar Hills Golf ClubLenoir CityTN17.9 mi.
Executive Meadows Golf CourseLenoir CityTN17.9 mi.
Medalist at AvalonLenoir CityTN17.9 mi.
Southwest Point Golf CourseKingstonTN18.2 mi.
Lakehaven Golf & Country ClubDecaturTN19.1 mi.
Rockwood Municipal Golf CourseRockwoodTN21.5 mi.
Emory Golf & Country ClubHarrimanTN23.2 mi.
Dayton Golf & Country ClubEvensvilleTN27.2 mi.
Dead Horse Lake Golf CourseKnoxvilleTN29.4 mi.
Golf ClubMaryvilleTN29.8 mi.
Lambert Acres Golf ClubMaryvilleTN29.8 mi.
Royal Oaks Country ClubMaryvilleTN29.8 mi.
Ski Areas
Scaly MountainScaly MountainNC76.6 mi.
CataloocheeMaggie ValleyNC77.3 mi.
Ski Wolf LaurelMars HillNC108.8 mi.
State Parks
Cumberland Mountain State ParkTN37.2 mi. 
Sequoyah Birthplace MuseumVonoreTN12.7 mi.(History)
Farragut Folklife MuseumFarragutTN26.4 mi.(History)
American Museum of Science and EnergyOak RidgeTN30.4 mi.(Science)
East Tennessee Discovery CenterKnoxvilleTN39.5 mi.(Science)
Ewing Gallery of Art & ArchitectureKnoxvilleTN39.5 mi.(Art)
Knoxville Museum of ArtKnoxvilleTN39.5 mi.(Art)
East Tennessee Historical Society MuseumKnoxvilleTN39.5 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Knoxville Zoological GardensKnoxvilleTN39.5 mi.
Tennessee AquariumChattanoogaTN61.0 mi.
Warner Park ZooChattanoogaTN61.0 mi.
Western North Carolina Nature CenterAshevilleNC107.5 mi.

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