Benton is a town in Polk County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 1,138 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Polk County.
Benton is included in the Cleveland, Tennessee Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Benton is located at 35°10′23″N 84°39′0″W / 35.17306°N 84.65°W / 35.17306; -84.65 (35.173185, -84.650000). The town is situated just southeast of the confluence of the Ocoee River and the Hiwassee River, roughly 34 miles (55 km) upstream from the latter's mouth along the Chickamauga Lake impoundment of the Tennessee River. The Unicoi Mountains rise prominently to the east of Benton.