Best Scenic Drives in Tennessee

This list represents the most popular scenic drives in Tennessee. Use this list to plan your next Tennessee scenic drives trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Great Smoky Mountains National Park


This park is close to major population centers, but its lush greenery and pleasantly rounded peaks create a soothing aura of tranquility. And, of course, there is the famous “smoke” that seems to perp…
From the guidebook "Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks"
Gatlinburg, TN - Scenic Drives Best Trail in tn - Click to view allBestScenic Drives Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Hunter Publishing

#2. Overhill Skyway


A winding, 44-mile paved route through the southern Appalachian Mountains, through the ancestral territories of the Cherokee Indian nation. This route is also called the Cherohala Skyway. The Overhill…
From the guidebook "National Forest Scenic Byways East & South"
Tellico Plains, TN - Scenic Drives - 44 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#3. Mount Rogers Scenic Byway Motorcycle Ride


The shadow of the highest peak in the state, this route rolls through southern Virginia on the Mt. Rogers Scenic Byway. While never climbing Mt. Rogers’s 5,729-ft. elevation, you’ll have the opportuni…
From the guidebook "Motorcycle Adventures in the Southern Appalachians Book 2"
Mountain City, TN - Scenic Drives - 68 miles
Published by Milestone Press

#4. The Backbone Motorcycle Ride


This ride derives its name from the unusual geological formation through which this adventure will take you. Following two-lane roads that alternate between quiet stretches and wild hairpin turns, thi…
From the guidebook "Motorcycle Adventures in the Southern Appalachians Book 2"
Johnson City, TN - Scenic Drives - 70.7 miles
Published by Milestone Press

#5. Ocoee Scenic Byway


A 26-mile route past a lake and through the rock bluffs of the Ocoee River Gorge, with a side trip up Chilhowee Mountain. Ocoee Scenic Byway was the first designated national forest scenic byway in th…
From the guidebook "National Forest Scenic Byways East & South"
Ocoee, TN - Scenic Drives - 26 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#6. Greasy Creek Trail Motorcycle Ride


Don’t let the name of this ride fool you; there’s nothing “greasy” about it. The road will put you through your paces as the route twists its way through eastern Tennessee. With nice views of Lake Oco…
From the guidebook "Motorcycle Adventures in the Southern Appalachians Book 1"
Ocoee, TN - Scenic Drives - 35 miles
Published by Milestone Press

#7. Ocoee River Run Motorcycle Ride


This tour is a great introduction to beautiful eastern Tennessee. You’ll enjoy the gently sweeping turns along Lake Ocoee and the Ocoee River. Scenery and activities are the best rationale for taking…
From the guidebook "Motorcycle Adventures in the Southern Appalachians Book 1"
Ocoee, TN - Scenic Drives - 40 miles
Published by Milestone Press

#8. Mile High Motorcycle Ride


You’re going to brag to your friends about this one! On the Cherohala Skyway, you’ll enjoy spectacular scenic views from an elevation of 5390 feet. Equally spectacular is the condition of the road. Wi…
From the guidebook "Motorcycle Adventures in the Southern Appalachians Book 1"
Ducktown, TN - Scenic Drives - 147.3 miles
Published by Milestone Press