Visit the Byway

Stretching eighty three miles through Tennessee, the East Tennessee Crossing Byway connects two national parks- Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Cumberland Gap National Historic Park. The byway begins in Cumberland Gap on the Kentucky/Tennessee border and terminates at the Tennessee/North Carolina border.

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A Historic Journey

The route will take you on an historic journey once traveled by legendary explorers, early pioneers, Native Americans, Civil War soldiers, stagecoaches, early automobiles on the Dixie Highway, the first federal North-South highway in the Eastern United States, and finally, legends of moonshining. Today, the route serves as a connector for vacationers traveling to the lakes and mountains. Known for its scenic beauty, motorcyclists and travelers will find plenty of places to stop and visit along the way.