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Tennessee Scenic Drives

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Scenic drives to consider in Tennessee are listed below. Click on any scenic byway or backway listed below for complete information.

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  • 2 hours to drive the Byway
  • 42.95 miles (69 km)

I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree. The poet Joyce Kilmer, honored by the nearby Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest in North Carolina, penned this famous line many years ago. Experience first-hand the towering trees this poem pays tribute to by traveling the Cherohala Skyway in North C...

  • 1-2 hours, more if multiple stops are made.
  • 54 miles (86 km)

Beginning at historic Prater's Mill in Whitfield County, this byway rolls past pastoral lands, quiet country roads, views of the Cohutta Mountains and the Chattahoochee National Forest.

A journey along the Great River Road opens the door toMississippi's history. Often referred to as "Blues Alley,"Hwy. 61 takes you south from Memphis into the Mississippi Delta.Here, centuries of Mississippi River floods have created some ofthe world's richest farmland. Depending on the time of theye...

  • 5 to 6 hours depending on traffic in St. Louis.
  • 214.8 miles (345 km)

The mighty Mississippi was the lifeblood of many Missouri townsfor over a century. The Missouri Great River Road is a route withstories to tell and a history to preserve. Civil War History andthe movement west are just two of the great American stories thatthe byway has to tell.The man who character...

Travel the Great River Road through Tennessee to find historical and recreational beauty. A portion of the 3,000-mile scenic byway,the Tennessee road by the Mississippi river will take you to a few secluded recreational places in which you can stretch your legs, to say the least. Passing through sev...

  • Two hours
  • 60 miles (96 km)

Travel this beautiful section of the Nantahala Gorge where history meets industry in the forested areas of western North Carolina. The Indian Lakes Scenic Byway will take drivers on a journey through an area of meaningful names just itching to tell a story. The Indian Lakes Scenic Byway will also ta...

  • 45 minutes
  • 17 miles (27 km)

This byway begins in Cranberry, North Carolina, originally called Cranberry Forge for the iron believed to have been worked by the Indians. Cranberry was founded in 1850 and named for the abundant supply of Cranberries found in the region. About 12 miles along the route is Valle Crucis, where the mi...

  • Allow 3 to 5 hours to tour this Byway.
  • 61 miles (98 km)

Located in western North Carolina, this byway offers a year-round visual experience. The first part of this 61.3-mile trail travels through the Cullasaja Gorge, paralleling the Cullasaja River. Along this roadway, you will see beautiful waterfalls, such as Bridal Veil Falls, Dry Falls, and Cullasaja...

  • Two days to enjoy the Byway.
  • 444 miles (714 km)

For over 8,000 years, this timeworn path has felt the tread of travelers. Buffalo and other wildlife were first to wind their way through the wilderness. Later, American Indians, traders, trappers and missionaries joined their fellow creatures on the rough track. In the late 1700s and early 1800s, ...

  • Allow 45 minutes to travel this byway.
  • 26 miles (41 km)

Ocoee Scenic Byway, the first National Forest Byway in the nation, winds through the Cherokee National Forest, passing Parksville Lake and traveling through the scenic bluffs of the Ocoee River Gorge. One section of the byway climbs to the top of the Chilhowee Mountains in Tennessee. From here, you ...

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