Tennessee Preservation Trust

Tours, Byways, Trails & Scenic Areas:

Natchez Trace (Old Trace)

Tennessee Department of Tourist Development

The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development is one of the leaders among state organizations in the United States tourism industry. According to the 2012-2013 Tennessee Tourism Roadmap, Tennessee’s tourism industry generated a $15.36 billion economic impact to the state’s economy. More than 177,800 Tennesseans are now employed in the state’s tourism industry. Visit the Official Tennessee Vacation Planning website to plan your trip!

Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area

Tennessee was designated as a National Heritage Areas by Congress in 1996 and is the only state to be entirely designated as such. NHA’s are places where natural, cultural, and historic resources combine to form a cohesive, nationally important landscape. The TCWNHA works with the Tennessee Department of Tourism and Department of Transportation and communities “to tell the powerful stories of the home front, the demands of fighting and occupation, the freedom of emancipation, and the enduring legacies of Reconstruction.” You can tour the Heritage Area by following the Tennessee Civil War Trails.

Tennessee Civil War Trails

The Tennessee Civil War Trails program, launched in 2008, consists of more than 260 interpretive markers in 73 counties. The marker and signage program is a product of the partnership between the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area and the Tennessee Departments of Tourist Development and Transportation. The goal of the program is to cover the entire story of the Civil War in Tennessee and have markers in every county. Visit Civil War Traveler to see where these trails are and to discover their unique history.

Tennessee’s Scenic Byways

Tennessee’s byways offer 16 trails featuring 5,245 miles of unique driving experiences through all 95 counties. The byways showcase Tennessee’s backroads, historic main streets, scenic spots, outdoor adventures, and tell the story of the state’s treasured places and people. A Tennessee byway is where amazing landscapes, history, and culture come alive. Take the opportunity to get off the interstate and explore what lies off the beaten path. Tennessee’s byways include the Great Smoky Mountains Byway, Ocoee Scenic Byway, Sequatchie Scenic Byway, Tennessee River Trail, and more. Discover Tennessee’s trails and explore the byways.

National Scenic Byways

Out of the 150 National Scenic Byways located in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia, 5 are located right here in Tennessee. Designation is based on byways archaeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational, and scenic qualities. The National Scenic Byways in Tennessee include:

Tennessee Walking / Biking / Driving Tours

Tennessee’s towns and cities are proud of their history, and many of them having walking, biking, and/or driving tours for your convenience and enjoyment. Check out what some of these towns have to offer at these sites. The list attached is not inclusive. Please notify us if you know of a tour that should be added.