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Foot Notes: A Walking Tour of Historic Athens

Athens, Tenn., is a charming historic Tennessee town nestled between Knoxville and Chattanooga in the foothills of the Cherokee National Forest and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Established in 1822, Athens is home to Tennessee Wesleyan College, Mayfield Dairy Farms and the Eureka Trail, a 4.3mile trail that follows the path of a former rail line.


This historic town, which features more than 30 structures dating back to the early 1800s, has been revived in recent years thanks to investments in new boutiques, eateries and an arts scene that are bringing the community back to life.


Enjoy learning more about the history of the town with this downtown historic walking tour map, which will guide you to informational plaques in 32 locations along the square.


Plan your authentic Tennessee weekend away and enjoy shopping, local food, history and outdoor fun in Athens, Tennessee! Visit the Main Street Athens website to learn more about upcoming events – and great places to eat and shop during your stay.



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