Three New National Scenic Byways to Discover
On January 19, 2021, the US Department of Transportation announced that three roads in the 9 Lakes Region have been designated as National Scenic Byways. Many travelers are already familiar with Newfound Gap Road through the Smokies and the Norris Freeway in Anderson County.
The third and much lesser known route to discover is the Cumberland Historic Byway, a 156 mile contiguous sccenic byway in the northern region of the Upper Cumberland Plateau of eastern and middle Tennessee. The byway stretches from the natural features of the Cumberland Gap in the east, to Dale Hollow Lake in the west. Rooted in history and lore, the route represents early American explorations, when these lands were home to Native Americans, and then the eventual migration of white settlers into the region. Travelers will experience winding roads, scenic views, and a glimpse into the rigors of life on the frontier. Suggested stops along the way include Historic Rugby and downtown Cumberland Gap. At the east terminus end in Harrogate TN, the byway connects to the East Tennessee Crossing National Scenic Byway.
When travelling from east to west:
- Begin by travelling S.R. 63 W / S.R. 25 S for 38 miles to Caryville, TN. Pass through the towns of Powell Valley, Speedwell, LaFollette and Jacksboro.
- Turn right to merge onto I-75 north and proceed for 7 miles to the next exit (#141) at S.R. 63 W in Pioneer, TN.
- Turn left onto S.R. 63 / S.R. 297 and proceed west for 20 miles to Helenwood, TN.
- Turn left onto U.S. 27 and proceed south for 8 miles to Elgin, TN.
- Turn right onto S.R. 52 and proceed west for 23 miles until reaching Jamestown, TN.
- Turn right onto U.S. 127 north and continue for 21 miles. Pass through Pall Mall until you reach unincorporated Static, TN.
- Turn left onto S.R. 111 and proceed southwest for 23 miles through Livingston.
- Turn right onto S.R. 52 W for 16 miles to the Celina, TN City Limits.
This byway is ideal for cruising on your motorcycle or by car.