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Designation: Great River Road
Fees: There are no fees along the byway proper.

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Description - Travel the Great River Road through Tennessee to find historical and recreational beauty. A portion of the 3,000-mile scenic byway, the Tennessee road by the Mississippi river will take you to a few secluded recreational places in which you can stretch your legs, to say the least. Passing through several lakes, you will have a chance to fish, swim, boat, waterski, and other activities that you desire. The Great River Road in Tennessee features 4 Tennesee State Parks, some smaller Tennesee towns, as well as the exciting city of Memphis. With its green environment and humid climate, Tennessee's Great River Road will surely fascinate you.

Attractions - The Great River Road - Tennessee is known for it's Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.

Recreation - 4 Tennessee State Parks lie along the Great River Road. These provide a stunning variety of opportunities to anyone willing to take some time to experience the area to its full potential.

Climate - Tennessee has a temperate climate with short, mild winters. The average annual snowfall for the state is 12 inches. Spring comes in early March bringing flowering trees and shrubs, and warmer weather. Spring temperatures average between 45 and 70 degrees. Summer's full force arrives in the region by mid May, bringing warm weather and higher humidity. The mountains of eastern Tennessee are a great place to escape the hot summer temperatures as the higher elevation cools the air slightly. Cool fall temperatures bring crisp air and brilliant fall colors. Mid to late October is a good time to visit the region to experience the fall foliage.

Location - The Great River Road contains portions of Highways 78, 88, 181, and I-51.

Directions from : The Great River Road in Tennessee travels through Hwy. 78, Hwy. 181, Hwy. 88, and Interstate Hwy. 51. To access any of these roads, you can get on Hwy. 78 or Hwy. 40.

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Additional Information:
Tennessee Scenic Byways - From the delta plains of the Mississippi at Memphis to the soaring heights of the Cherokee National Forest around Mountain City, the state has many scenic routes worth exploring.

Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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