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23   in Tennessee Tennessee150 Miles

By Backroad Rider
on February 1, 2008

4.2out of 5

3 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

From I-81 take Exit 30 which will put you on route 70. Take Route 70 North to Kyles Ford, 33 South to Sneedville, 63 North toward Shawanee/Harrogate area.

Watch closely for Indian Creek Road on your right (just prior to Shawanee/Harrogate). Turn left on 58 to Cumberland Gap, TN. Stop to tour the town. Go back to 58 to 25E and into KY. (Recommend you stop at the Cumberland Gap Visitor center).

Now time to head home by taking 25E South, watch for bypass around Tazwell. Go past 33 (north), cross a bridge (small sign for Clinch Mtn Winery). Turn right after the bridge (street name???).

Go about 5 miles to Blankenship Road and turn left(very sharp turn) to a stop sign at 131. Turn right on 131 thru Washburn. Turn left (y's to left before 131 crosses a RR Track)on Joppa Mountain Rd. Continue to a stop sign. Turn right on 11W thru Blaine. Turn left on Mine Rd to 11E. Turn left on 11E to 139. Turn Right on 139, cross 25W to Snyder Road and on to Exit 407.

Scenery

The scenery varies: There is much open country of farm land, then rugged mountain terrain with passing views, and of course the great views at Cumberland Gap Overlook.

Cumberland Gap Overlook Parking Lot

Road Quality

The roads vary from Interstate, to nice wide two lane, to narrow two lane, and to some 1 1/2 lane. There are open cruising areas and plenty of twists and turns with a number of switchbacks and steep mountain grades.

Cumberland Gap Overlook - Looking back toward VA and NE TN on a February day

Roadside Amenities

There are plenty of places to obtain gas or food at the beginning and end of the route and a couple places in between. But they are scattered - so start with full gas tank and stomach.

I recommend taking a bathroom break at Sneedville as there are no other stops until you get to Cumberland Gap area.

Special Notes: I-40 and I-81 save time for the best part of the ride. The fun starts at Hwy 70 and continues on 33, 63. Hwy 70, 33, and 63 are all nice MC Roads. Hwy 63 is steep, twisty, switchback, for 3 milse the rest of the route goes thru a beautiful valley and then a nice cruising curvy road from intersection 345/63. Also, an old country store (Martin Grocery)on 63 at a "T" Intersection just after Sneedville (drinks, cold sandwiches, friendly lady runs it - no bathroom). See Picture.

Cumberland Gap, TN is well worth a stop to tour the town, even hike the Gap Trail if you desire or a short part to an old smelter. Then thru the tunnel into KY and the Cumberland Gap Visitor center (movies and a beautiful switchback road to the Overlook where you see TN. VA, KY). See pictures.

A couple of highlights on the return home are a mountain road, Blankenship Rd (see picture)and Joppa Mountain Road with curves and switchbacks.

Alternate Route Return - stay on 25E to I-81 to I-40 or check TN Map .

A view from the Cumberland Gap Overlook on a nice summer day - looking into TN

Additional Info

- View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather .

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What Riders Say About this Route Add Review & Rating

By Guest
on July 20, 2009 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Other

I rode this route recently without the detour to Middleboro. We rode 11w from Knoxville to Rogersville then SR66 to SR33 then US70 back to Rogersville. It was a great ride with lots of twisties and scenery. I would recommend it to the folks who are tired of riding the "Dragon" and the roads that are crowed with others.

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By Guest
on August 1, 2010 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

We took 70 north off of 11W had no idea it was that curvey, beautiful ride. We also rode the Dragon and this was better no traffic pretty much had the road to ourselfs. I would also recommend 421 in NC and TN just as good.

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on July 20, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

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I rode this route recently without the detour to Middleboro. We rode 11w from Knoxville to Rogersville then SR66 to SR33 then Hwy58 to US70 and back to Rogersville. It was a great ride with lots of twisties and scenery. I would recommend it to the folks who are tired of riding the "Dragon" and the roads that are crowded with others.

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