Sweetwater, TN to Englewood, TN – 19 miles
Directions – From I-75 take Exit 60 at Sweetwater and ride along backroads to Athens, Englewood, and Madisonville. First, travel through Sweetwater and then continue on Hwy 68 South for about 5 miles. Turn right onto Hwy 307 and continue into Athens. There, you will pick up Hwy 30 East and then turn left onto Hwy 39 to Englewood. Options – From Englewood, you can either ride on Hwy 411 North to Madisonville & pick up Hwy 68 North back to Sweetwater. You can also follow Hwy 39 to Tellico Plains or Hwy 411 South to Etowah.
Scenery – From Sweetwater to Athens the ride is on a curvy rural backroad that passes a number of dairy farms & Century Farms before entering Athens and the Historic McMinn County Courthouse Square. Hwy 39 from Athens to Englewood is a pleasant ride on a two-lane road. Englewood is an historic textile mill village known for its museum and painted murals. If you choose the option to continue on to Tellico Plains on Hwy 39 you will enjoy tight curves through what the locals refer to as “The Knobs.” If you choose to travel north on Hwy 411 to Madisonville, you can take a side-trip into the downtown to see the Historic Monroe County Courthouse and have a meal. If you take the Etowah option, stop by the Historic L & N Depot Station & Museum.
Along the Way
Sweetwater – Downtown with shops & eateries, Lost Sea.
Athens – Mayfield Farm Market & Nursery, Mayfield Dairy Visitor Center, McMinn Living Heritage Museum, Athens Art Center, Downtown Quilt Walking Trail.
Englewood – Englewood Textile Museum, Little White House, Company Store.
Tellico Plains – Charles Hall Museum, Skyway Visitor Center, Downtown Tellico Plains art galleries and eateries, including the iconic Tellico Beach.
Madisonville – Historic Monroe County Courthouse & Courthouse Square with eateries and shops.
Etowah – Etowah Depot/Railroad Museum, Hiwassee River Rail Adventure, Gem Theater.