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Tennessee’s Award Winning Scenic Byways Offer Great View of Autumn Colors


Survey Shows 70% of Americans Planning at Least One Autumn Road Trip

Tennessee Department of TransportationNashville, TN – As people across the United States make plans for autumn road trips, the Tennessee Department of Transportation is reminding motorists that Tennessee’s award winning Scenic Byways offer some of the best views in the south.  Tennessee has five nationally designated Scenic Byways, the Cherohala Skyway, East Tennessee Crossing, Natchez Trace Parkway, Woodlands Trace and Great River Road.

“Tennessee’s scenic byways travel through some of the state’s most unique and beautiful locations,” said TDOT Chief of Environment and Planning Joe Carpenter. “We are pleased to partner with local communities and byways groups to give travelers the opportunity to explore Tennessee’s natural beauty through our five National Scenic Byways.”

According to a new national survey from The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company on America’s Byways®, 70 percent of Americans are planning on taking at least one road trip this autumn.

The Cherohala Skyway and East Tennessee Crossing offer beautiful views of the autumn colors in the Appalachian Mountains. In Middle Tennessee, visitors can travel the Natchez Trace Parkway and take in the fall foliage and learn the history of this vital trail through the south or visit the Woodlands Trace which runs along a ridge of land known as the Land Between the Lakes and take in the beautiful views of Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake.  In west Tennessee, the Great River Road follows the Mississippi River as it travels along Tennessee’s western border.  The Great River Road in Tennessee was recently awarded the Mississippi River Parkway Commission Pilot’s Award.  The award is presented annually to one of the ten Mississippi River states based on their accomplishments and work along the Mississippi River Corridor.

John Sheahan, the Tennessee Chairman to the MRPC Board of Directors and MRCT Chairman Emeritus remarked, “After working just under the radar for so many years, we are thrilled to receive this great honor and Pilot Award from such a highly regarded organization like the MRPC. It’s a very rewarding national achievement and we are sincerely grateful for their recognition of Tennessee and our work on the Mississippi River.”

To learn more about America’s Byways® go to and for more information on the Tennessee Byways program, contact TDOT’s Beautification Office @ 615-741-6896.

For up-to-date travel information call 5-1-1 from any cell phone or land line phone or visit  TDOT is also on Twitter.  Follow @TN511 for statewide traffic tweets.

As always, motorists should use all motorist information tools safely and avoid texting, tweeting or talking on a cell phone while driving.  Know Before You Go! by checking traffic conditions before leaving for your destination.




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