Back roads crossing two of East Tennessee’s lakes with the base of the Smokey Mountains thrown in. This ride has the most variety of all of the area rides.
Interstate 40E to Rutledge Pike (Exit 392 – Hwy 11W) Hwy 11W starts off as a 4-lane but will turn into a 2 lane near the community of Blaine.
Continue on 11W to Rutledge –turn right on Hwy 92. Follow 92 over a small mountain; again watch the curves, and shortly, Cherokee Dam and Lake with visitors center will be on your left.
Continue on Hwy 92 through Jefferson City and into Dandridge. This is an old town with many memories, stop in the center under the trees and walk around. There are a couple of good places to eat here, one is the B-B-Q restaurant on the south east corner just before the bridge, the other is just after you cross over the Douglas Lake bridge on Hwy 92 (The Point).
Continue south on Hwy 92 and you will view the back water of Douglas Lake and the road prior to the filling of the lake. Shortly you will arrive at the small community of Chestnut Hill, home of the Bush cannery, smells good when canning,
“T” intersection here with Hwy 441, turn right towards Sevierville and continue on Hwy 441. At the intersection of Hwy 336, traffic light, turn left (south) onto Hwy 336 and in about a mile and you will see a sign for the Harrison covered bridge, short hop over if desired,
continue on 336 and it will turn towards the mountains (right). This portion of 336 has many blind and decreasing radius curves so use extra caution while riding and enjoying. On your right in the distance Mt. La Conte may be visible (clouds permitting), the highest mountain in the Smokey’s.
Hwy 336 “T” intersects with Hwy 321. Turn right on Hwy 321 towards Cosby and Gatlinburg, winding up and down over several small ridges. Watch for Hwy 416 on your right as it is not marked very well.
Turn right on Hwy 416 and slow down, this road winds along the Middle Prong of the Little Pigeon River for many miles. You are in a deep valley that has minimum traffic and no cell phone service. Beautiful, peaceful, enjoyable, relaxing are only some of the adjectives to describe this road. 416 turns right at a “T” intersection, continue on 416 to the intersection with Hwy 441, traffic light.
Turn left on Hwy 441 (Dolly Parton Parkway) into Sevierville. In Sevierville you have a decision to make – continue on 441 towards Knoxville or take Hwy 66 N to the Interstate. If traffic is heavy in town continue on 441 as this is the road less traveled. Hwy 66 is the main road to the mountains and can be backed up with the many traffic lights along the way to the Interstate.