The Byway

Cumberland National Scenic Byway in Tennessee

The landscape of the northern Cumberland Plateau is one of paths, trails, sacred hunting grounds, and rich timberlands. Each area is defined by its own distinctive geologic formation, one giving way to the other as you move from east to west. Drawn to the wildness of this unique land, Americans fulfilled their thirst for exploration and adventure by moving westward. The rugged terrain, and the isolation that accompanied it, defined a way of life that is truly authentic, a way of life that has become synonymous with early American settlement — the life of the frontiersman.