Being at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited national park with over 10 million visitors annually, and the Cherokee National Forest, provides abundant outdoor recreation opportunities. Whether you enjoy a leisurely walk, youth and adult sports, outdoors recreation such as fishing, hiking, swimming, golfing, and etc., it can all be found here in McMinn County and the surrounding region.

In addition to the public amenities that are found on the parks and recreation pages, the local Athens-McMinn Family YMCA also offers a variety of recreation activities for its membership.  The Athens-McMinn YMCA serves a number of important groups, providing child care up to 200 children per day, teaming with public schools and private schools, and offering health and fitness programs for all ages and abilities.