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Driving Trails

Scenic Driving Trails

There are many scenic driving trails to enjoy in and around Jefferson County. Car and motorcycle enthusiasts appreciate the off-the-beaten paths and natural beauty. Much less traffic and red lights provide for a more relaxed experience.

The Tennessee Trails and Byways program offers a few different driving trails that all traverse Jefferson County, while providing a historical and cultural experience.
     

You can also contact the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and request a brochure be sent in the mail to you: 1-877-237-3847

East Tennessee Crossing National Scenic Byway

A designated scenic byway also cuts through the county. Explore along the East Tennessee Crossing National Scenic Byway.

East Tennessee Crossing (Hwy 25E) stretches 83 miles in Tennessee from the Cumberland Gap, southeast to the Cherokee National Forest. It has been used since prehistoric times by pioneer travelers, hunters and tourists alike.

The route is known as the Cherokee Warriors’ Path, originally cut by bison and used by Native American tribes to attack each other, trade with each other, and travel from place to place.

It is also known as Wilderness Road, an important route for settlers from the East Coast colonies moving west into “new” lands. Wilderness Road changed the rugged lifestyle of the settlers in the Appalachian Mountains, bringing craftsmen with new skills and visitors with new ideas to the area.

The route was once known as the Dixie Highway, a network of paved roads connecting the Midwest and the South, from Chicago down through Chattanooga to Miami.

It has also been called Thunder Road, named for the fast and furious routes taken by moonshiners under the cover of darkness, transporting homemade, untaxed liquor during prohibition in the 1920s. Thunder Road and its reputation for rebellion and adventure has been the subject of Tennessee legend, and have been attributed to the beginning of NASCAR.

You can also contact the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and request a brochure be sent in the mail to you: 1-877-237-3847

Cades Cove

Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park offers a convenient way to see the beauty of the park by car. This is an ideal way to view the wildlife, such as, white-tailed deer, black bear, coyote, ground hog, turkey, raccoon and skunk.