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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)

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