Wednesday, March 03, 2010
Be Advised: There was a massive rock slide at the Tennessee-North Carolina state line on Saturday October 24, 2009. Detours have been established.
Note: During the winter months, use the following websites and numbers for the current road and weather conditions
for these alternate routes.
Tennessee Department of Tourism - 1-800-342-3258
Great Smoky Mountains National Park - 865-436-1200
Drivers traveling from Tennessee to western North Carolina via I-40 are advised to take one of two eastbound detours.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) recommends traveling east to North Carolina via I-81 to Johnson City, then taking I-26 to Asheville.
Drivers in normal passenger vehicles can also take Highway 25-70 from Newport into North Carolina.
Visitors to Gatlinburg can also follow HWY 441 through Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Cherokee and take HWY 19 through Maggie Valley to access 1-40 in North Carolina.
Note:The Tennessee Department of Transportation has begun a major project along Highway 66 (which could make traffic a bear). Get more info about the road construction and utilize less-traveled and scenic routes to Gatlinburg (to ensure an enjoyable trip through the Smokies).