Interstate Route 40 - Tennessee & North Carolina
Newport - Asheville, NC
Distance/Driving time: 63 miles/1h, 6m
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- It is one of the most beautiful sections of Interstate highway in the east.
It follows along the Pigeon River declining over 1000' in elevation from the North Carolina to the Tennessee side.
The Pigeon River is one of the rivers that cuts through the Appalachian Mountains flowing from North Carolina or Georgia into Tennessee.
The other four rivers are the French Broad, Little Tennessee, Ocoee, and Hiwassee.
- Rider from La Follette, TN (1/30/10)
- Very fast, big sweepers.
- Rider from Asheville, North Carolina (8/12/07)
- In heavy traffic situations, be extra vigilant.
This section has one of the worst mixes of driver (lack of) skill on earth.
Always, every time, let the moron SUV with flatland plates have all the space necessary...often the entire slab.
- Rider from Gum, Tennessee (7/9/07)
- Yeah, it's an Interstate. So what?
This is about as twisty as a slab gets - there's probably no straight stretch of over 1/4 mile along the entire 36 miles, with substantial elevation changes.
Add a few tunnels, some incredible Smoky Mountain scenery (when you can pay attention) and roadside waterfalls when the weather's right, and it's well worth the ride.
A big plus is that semis are restricted to the right-hand lane so you won't get captured in slo-mo.
Connects at both ends to great roads.
Maggie Valley and the Wheels of Time museum are a few short miles away down US 276.
- Rider from Durham, North Carolina (6/26/07)