An indelible bond exists between Rhea Countians and a passionate love of sporting events and recreational activities. A wide variety of sports and recreational activities for leisure-time enjoyment are available through the year for people of all ages.

Water Recreation/Hiking

Rhea County is ideally positioned to provide recreational opportunities to its residents, but without a doubt, Watts Bar and Chickamauga Lakes are the most used recreational opportunities. Fishing, boating, water skiing, and swimming provide recreation for visitors from all over the United States.

The mountains along Rhea County's western edge provide plenty of opportunities for hiking, camping, even kayaking. Pocket Wilderness areas provide spectacular vistas west of both Dayton and Spring City. Please visit for maps on all of the hiking trails in Rhea County and the surrounding area.


Hunting is another pastime enjoyed by Rhea Countians as there is an abundance of deer, raccoon, turkey, dove, quail, and rabbit in the area. Detailed information about hunting seasons, bag limits, and rules and regulations can be obtained by visiting the TWRA website at


The Dayton Golf and Country Club is an 18-hole golf course north of Dayton and just west of Rhea County Highway (Highway 27) on Payne Lane. It hosts an industrial league and other periodic tournaments, some of which require membership in the country club. The Dayton Golf and Country Club website is at: Crystal Springs Recreation Center also has a driving range in the Crystal Springs community off Old Graysville Road.


Youth and adult softball leagues are offered in Rhea County. The Dayton Girls Fast Pitch Softball League offers teams and leagues for girls 6-and-under, 8-and-under, 10-and-under, 12-and-under, and 14-and-under. Dayton also offers an adult slow pitch softball league.

Organized youth baseball leagues are plentiful in Rhea County. Dayton and Spring City have youth baseball leagues. In Dayton, there are leagues for ages 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, and 13-14. Spring City has leagues for 3-4, 5-6,7-8, 9-10, and 11-12 year olds. All leagues are in the Dizzy Dean Baseball organization.

Tennis/Basketball/Walking Tracks

Dayton, Graysville, and Spring City offer community tennis and basketball courts. Each community also offers a walking track for those interested in this relaxing activity.


Spring City's recreational soccer league for children ages 4-16 currently offers a spring league that begins in March each year, and a fall league that begins in September. The league is a member of the American Youth Soccer Organization.


Dayton and Spring City offer football teams for children. Both the Little Eagles and Red Dogs usually have teams for ages 5-6 (Wee Pees), 7-8 (Pee Wees), 9-10 (Juniors), and 11-12 (Seniors). To contact the Spring City Red Dogs, please call Matt Kaylor at 423-322-2866 or visit their website at


Bowling is a year-round activity that attracts both the young and young-at-heart. Crystal Lanes on Old Graysville Road has leagues for adults all year and youth and children's leagues during certain times of the year. You don't have to be in a league to bowl at Crystal Lanes.


The Spring City Raceway offers dirt-track racing Saturdays at a track just off Highway 27 south of Spring City. The track is often closed only for the coldest months of the year. The season begins with Saturday afternoon racing, before moving to Saturday night racing during the warm-weather months.


The Rhea Family YMCA offers a multitude of activities. In addition to the cardio fitness, weight training, aerobic classes and water exercise program, the “Y” also offers before and after school care and summer day camp. Individual and family memberships are available. Financial assistance is available through the YMCA scholarship program.

Flag football is scheduled yearly for the adults in the Rhea County area. The “Y” offers a full court adult basketball league and youth league yearly. Youth soccer is scheduled in the spring and fall. Tumbling is scheduled throughout the school year. Sports camps are offered in the early summer to teach the fundamentals of basketball, golf, tennis and soccer to the local children. Swimming lessons are taught throughout the months of June and July at the local pool.