Byway Landscapes

The Byway links a series of views to rural historic landscapes that are evocative of the pioneer era and frontier culture.


The various ecoregions along the Byway provide for several different types of terrain. From the steep, nearly sheer faces of the Cumberland Mountain Thrust Block and sweeping vistas of farmland in the Powell Valley to the rolling, bucolic hills and pastures of the Highland Rim, the Cumberland Byway guides travelers through the same diverse terrain that Native Americans and early pioneers had to navigate over 300 years ago. The diversity of the Cumberland Byway terrain is an asset to be promoted in the development of the Byway, as it is directly responsible for settlement patterns and the historic development of communities along the Byway.