Newfound Gap

Tennessee’s Scenic Byways

The Tennessee Scenic Byways Program is administered by the Tennessee Department of Transportation. All state byways are administered by committees of local leaders and volunteers that plan promotional events and activities for their communities. The byways provide alternatives to other travel routes, with unique historic, scenic, and natural qualities, and offer visitors an enjoyable journey where they can experience the natural beauty of Tennessee.

Byways Provide Access to Public Lands

Tennessee byways provide access to the state’s most spectacular public lands, including 13 national parks, 56 state parks, 31 national historic landmarks, 15 state forests, and 2.4 million acres of public lands.

About the National Scenic Byways Program

The National Scenic Byways Program, established by Congress in 1991, recognizes historic, scenic, and culturally important roads, all of which promote economic development and tourism in communities around the U.S. There are more than 1,200 byways in all 50 states.

All scenic byways exhibit one or more of six core intrinsic qualities — scenic, historic, recreational, cultural, archaeological, or natural. For a road to be named a national scenic byway, it must first be designated a state, tribal, or federal agency scenic byway. Once achieving that, a road may apply for national scenic byway designation, but its intrinsic quality must be of regional significance. All-American Roads are the very best of the national scenic byways, demonstrating at least two intrinsic qualities of national significance.