Cumberland Historic Byway

Tennessee's Westward Expansion

The landscape of the Northern Cumberland Plateau is one of paths, trails, sacred hunting grounds and rich timberlands. Each area is defined by its own distinctive geologic formation, one giving way to the other as you move from east to west. Drawn to the wildness of this unique land, early Americans fulfilled their thirst for exploration and adventure by moving westward. The rugged terrain, and the isolation that accompanied it, defined a way of life that is truly authentic – a way of life that has become synonymous with early American settlement- that is the life of the Frontiersman.

The Cumberland Historic Byway provides a glimpse into the multitude of intrinsic qualities and resources that make Tennessee’s Upper Cumberland region a true hidden frontier.

The road that runs through the Cumberland Byway, as it is experienced today, is much more than just a connection between the Cumberland Gap and the Cumberland River – it is a destination in its own right.