There’s something beautifully comforting about taking a back road, don’t you think? Something old school and brilliant, exciting and almost forgotten. We’re in the car so often nowadays that the beauty of nature and the twang of the radio is simply forgotten. Here are a couple of ideas for YOUR next road trip, one that’ll take you back a minute.
10) Camp Nakanawa
The road to Camp Nakanawa is right off of I-40, near Crossville. The autumn colors are beautiful, by the way, so plan accordingly.
9) Deal's Gap
Credit for Deal's Gap is most commonly given to North Carolina, but it actually lies on the NC-Tennessee state line. It's shared in the same way Lake Tahoe lives in Nevada and California, you know? This mountain pass flirts with both states and will get your camera working overtime.
8) Overton County
Overton County is an absolutely STUNNING bit of Tennessee, and we found a million and a half little roads with great views. So, pick a back road and get lost.
7) Grundy State Forest
Located in Tracy City off of Highway 56, the drive up into the mountains here is one you'll never forget.
6) Natchez Trace
Running from Mississippi to Tennessee, Natchez trace is gorgeous during October and provides about 440 miles of driving pleasure.
5) Hyatt's Lane
Located out by Cade's Cove, Hyatt's Lane is a little piece of heaven that make take a bit of work from your GPS - we promise it's worth it.
4) Great Smoky Mountains
The national park is located in East Tennessee, and there are hundreds of roads that spin off into a beautiful nature netherworld. Get lost!
3) Cherokee National Forest
Just like its cousin the Great Smoky Mountains, Cherokee National Forest offers too many backroads with a perfect opportunity to burn some gas and get lost.
2) Cherohala Skyway
This beautiful national scenic byway is forty-three miles of gorgeous, wonderful and great. It's shared with Tennessee and North Carolina, so you can get to cracking some state lines!
1) Antebellum Trail
This historic drive runs from Nashville to Mount Pleasant, and it is rife with great stops and immersed in national history.
Did you pick a favorite? Have you traveled anywhere on our list? We want to hear! Let us know in the comments below, friends.