Become a Tennessee Parkway

Guidelines
Black Mountain along Walton Road
Black Mountain along Walton Road

Tennessee Byways Bird LogoThe objective of designating roadways under either the Tennessee Parkway system or the Scenic Highway system is to provide a network of routes that have logical termini; provide alternative routes to highly traveled roads; preserve and protect historical, scenic, and natural qualities, and furnish motorists with safe and relaxing routes by which to experience the beauty of Tennessee.

Additionally, both the Tennessee Parkway system and the Scenic Highway system restrict outdoor advertising. The Scenic Highway system is the more restrictive of the two program in regards to outdoor advertising.

Under both programs, it is unlawful to construct, use, operate or maintain any advertising structure within 2,000’ of any road or highway which is a designated part of either system located outside the corporate limits of any city or town.

Please refer to Tennessee Code Annotated 54-17-206 for rules and regulations of outdoor advertising on the Tennessee Parkway system.

Becoming a Parkway
Ocoee Whitewater Center
Ocoee Whitewater Center

Designated by the commissioner of the Department of Transportation. The requested Tennessee Parkway designation must connect with an established Tennessee Parkway route and must be a state route. The Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Transportation has the authority to approve or deny a route designation for the Tennessee Parkway system.

The letter requesting the route to be designated as part of the Tennessee Parkway system must detail:

  • The route information
  • A map showing the route location
  • Pictures showing the route’s historical, scenic, and/or natural qualities is recommended

The request needs to be accompanied with strong community support, and a description of how the Parkway would contribute to the overall Tennessee Parkway system.

The requested Tennessee Parkway designation must connect with an established Tennessee Parkway route and must be a state route. The Commissioner of the Department has the authority to approve or deny a route designation for the Tennessee Parkway system.