Visit Athens, Tennessee

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Discover the hidden gem of the South! Welcome to Athens, Tennessee, where history, culture, and natural beauty collide. 

Athens, Tennessee is home of the World's Best Ice Cream! ~ Time Magazine

Scavenger Hunt in Athens

Get ready to explore Athens like never before with an exciting self-guided adventure for friends, families, and individuals looking for fun!

Participants in the Athens Scavenger Hunt will follow clues scattered throughout the city, leading them to discover hidden gems and local favorites in Athens. This family-friendly event is an excellent opportunity for community members of all ages to engage with their city in a playful and challenging way.

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Upcoming Events

Check out all the festivals, activities, and special events coming up!

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Explore our Merchants

Discover unique boutiques and explore local farmers markets for a wide range of one-of-a-kind finds.  

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Plan your Visit

Explore some of our ready-made itineraries as you plan your visit to Athens.

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Patterns of the Past Quilt Trail

The Patterns of the Past Quilt Trail is a walkable trail through Historic Downtown Athens. This vibrant and educational trail celebrates the rich history and artistry of quilt-making, inviting residents and visitors to explore and appreciate the intricate patterns and stories behind each square. Stroll through downtown to see hand-painted signs on storefronts or take a drive to view the large barn squares on display throughout McMinn County. Each square is a testament to the region's cultural history, showcasing traditional designs that have been lovingly recreated by local artists. Visit the McMinn County Living Heritage Museum after the tour to see even more quilting displays and learn McMinn County's textile history. 

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