East Tennessee Crossing Byway

Known as the Cherokee Warriors' Path and Wilderness Road, this was a corridor for settlers moving into new lands. In the 1920s, the Byway was called Thunder Road, a stretch of road known for fast cars driven by moonshiners transporting their liquor. Follow the paths of the Cherokee Nation, Davy Crockett, Civil War Battles, crafts, quilts, farm fresh produce, fishing, canoeing and historic down-towns. The views of lakes, valleys, and Great Smoky Mountains are amazing. Unsurpassed scenery, a wealth of history and culture and unique adventures are yours to discover.

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Latitude: 36.0074508 Longitude: -83.2423782 Elevation: 1118 ft
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Length of Byway or Route

83 miles

Driving Directions

This corridor spans from the Kentucky/Tennessee state line in Cumberland Gap through Claiborne, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson and Cocke Counties to the North Carolina state line at Hot Springs, NC. It follows the route of Highway 25/70.

Highlights and Key Points Along the Route

Our ten stars are Pine Mountain State Resort Park, Cumberland Gap National Historic Park, Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum, Wilderness Road State Park, Clinch Mountain Overlook and Bean Station, Cherokee, Norris and Douglas Lakes, Morristown and Panther Creek State Park, Historic Dandridge, Newport and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

It offers what we think are 12 great driving tours, Speedweel Tour, TN 63, Wilderness Road Park Tour, US 58, Norris Lake Tour, TN 33, Overhome Tour, Sneedville, TN 33, Grainger County Farmlands Tour, TN 131, Rogersville Tour, US 11W, Bridge to Bridge Civil War Tour to Bulls Gap, US 11E, Historic Dandridge Tour, US11W, Rankin Bottoms Birding and Nature Trail, Road to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, US 321, Christy and Del Rio Tour, TN 107, Hot Springs, NC Resort Tour, US 25 E/US 70. 

ADA Accessibility Notes

Each stop has its own amenities and accessibility.

Pet Friendly Notes

No restrictions along Byway itself, individual venues may vary.

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