White Lightning Trail

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The White Lightning Trail is waiting for you: a picturesque drive through the fertile valleys and rustic charm of the Tennessee hills. After leaving the city limits, you'll pass through the Great Smoky Mountains into historic country music — Maynardville — home to country music greats like Chet Atkins and Roy Acuff. Heading north, you'll travel along the same route that rebel bootleggers used to transport their forbidden whisky. Imagine the thrill of the bootleggers' chase, careening through the jagged mountains of the Upper Cumberland Region while outmaneuvering the long arm of the law. After winding through ranges, roads and highways you'll come to Norris. Here, you can stroll through historic structures filled with thousands of quilts, instruments, artifacts and furnishings at the Museum of Appalachia. Next, re-trace the steps of Daniel Boone, and breathe the same pure air that our settlers did at Cumberland Gap National Park. This part of the trail follows the actual wagon trail of the original Appalachian settlers. You can still sense their excitement--coming to a new land seeking freedom, opportunity and happiness. The White Lightning Trail is peppered with moonshine exhibits, Victorian Homes, Civil War sites, scenic overlooks, famous factories and post-prohibition stock car speedways. There's something worth seeing at every turn of the White Lightning Trail.

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White Lightning Trail
White Lightning Trail

301 S Gay St
Knoxville, TN 37902