The Sequatchie Valley National Scenic Byway is one of Tennessee’s most dramatic and prized landscapes, offering nearly 70 miles of rolling valley bordered by beautiful mountains with rocky bluffs overlooking a narrow valley that stretches from the Tennessee River to the head of the Sequatchie River at Cumberland Trail State Park.
The Byway is conveniently located within easy driving distance of Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Nashville. Pass through Cumberland, Bledsoe, Sequatchie, and Marion counties – each with its own charming downtown to explore – united by the beautiful 116-mile Sequatchie River that flows through the entire Valley.
The Sequatchie Valley is the perfect place to enjoy Tennessee’s authentic landscape. Visitors can cycle along quiet farm roads, stopping to enjoy homemade desserts and fresh produce from local restaurants and farmer’s markets. They can bask in the splendor of the Sequatchie River Blueway where “gentle thrills” await paddlers on this designated route on the Sequatchie River and the creeks that flow into it.
For adventure seekers, there’s no better way to see the Valley than from above while skydiving, paragliding, or hang-gliding. The Sequatchie Valley is also the perfect place for outdoor recreation, with biking, hiking, paddling, fishing, rock-climbing, and horseback riding.
Fall Creek Falls State Park is located along this route and is one of Tennessee’s largest and most visited state parks. The park encompasses more than 29,800 acres sprawled across the eastern top of the rugged Cumberland Plateau. Laced with cascades, gorges, waterfalls, streams and lush stands of virgin hardwood timber, the park beckons those who enjoy nature at her finest. Fall Creek Falls, at 256 feet, is one of the highest waterfalls in the eastern United States. Other waterfalls within the park include Piney Falls, Cane Creek Falls, and Cane Creek Cascades. Details here: https://tnstateparks.com/parks/info/fall-creek-falls
The Sequatchie Valley’s deep-rooted history reveals the story of the Trail of Tears, the Civil War and coal mining through artifacts, museums, and memorials. Explore communities along the byway and discover early architecture and important historic sites with an interactive map that can be found here: https://www.sequatchievalleyscenicbyway.com/historic-sites
From food and music festivals to cycling events and cruise-ins, there’s always some fun to be found in Tennessee’s Great Valley. A favorite summer event is the Nine Mile Bluegrass Festival, with multiple dates throughout the summer for visitors to hear the best bluegrass bands in the region while keeping the bluegrass heritage alive. Details here: https://9mibluegrass.org/
Coming up in August is the famous “127 Yard Sale” which is locally known as the world’s longest yard sale. Stretching 690 miles across 4 states, this epic sale is mapped from Alabama all the way to Michigan. More info here: https://www.127yardsale.com/
Whether you are looking for a weekend scenic drive or making memories with your family experiencing the best of the Tennessee outdoors, the Sequatchie Valley National Scenic Byway has it all. From classic Southern food to breathtaking scenic beauty, you won’t be disappointed with the Sequatchie Valley National Scenic Byway!
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