State Historic Route Awarded National Designation

The Cumberland Historic Byway has been designated a National Scenic Byway by the U.S. Department of Transportation. In earning the new scenic designation, the route and surrounding communities will have greater access to federal grant funding from the National Scenic Byway Program and national marketing from the America’s Byways program.

“We are thrilled that the byway was awarded this national recognition,” stated UCDD Dale Hollow RPO Coordinator Mark Dudney.

The Cumberland National Scenic Byway extends from the Cumberland Gap to the Cumberland River and crosses the following eight counties: Claiborne, Campbell, Scott, Morgan, Fentress, Pickett, Overton, and Clay. The route stretches for roughly 156 miles and along a number of routes, namely: U.S. 25 E, S.R. 63, S.R. 52, U.S. 127, and S.R. 111.

The route was formed in 2013 as regional leaders came together to discuss the Cumberland Plateau hosting a scenic byway. Working with these communities, Randy Williams and Dawn Kupferer of Kwill Consultants, Farmer Morgan, LLC, and The Alliance for the Cumberlands led the planning efforts. Using a number of historic and recreational sites to connect the byway route, these leaders envisioned the byway as a means to both promote tourism and economic development, but also as a way to share the scenic Cumberland landscape with travelers. Their efforts led to the creation of a corridor management plan, and in February 2021, the U.S. Department of Transportation designated the Cumberland Historic Byway a National Scenic Byway.

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