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Knoxville Civil War Trail - The Knoxville Civil War Trail begins at Fort Dickerson on Chapman Highway, continues through the Fort Sanders area and concludes in Farragut, TN.

Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail - One of the nation's most historic routes, the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail was blazed by the legendary frontiersman in 1775 from Long Island of the Holston at what is now Kingsport, TN, through the Cumberland Gap of Virginia and into Kentucky. It would become the route for hundreds of thousands of settlers of the western frontier.

Emery Road - The Emery Road followed closely some sections of the path of an old Indian trail from the area now known as East Tennessee to what is now Middle Tennessee. This worn path was known as Tollunteeskee’s Trail.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park - This 522,000-acre national park encompasses the spine of the Appalachian Mountains in eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina. Although this national park is primarily known for its natural values, the parklands are also known as being the longtime homeland for thousands of Cherokees, who were forced by the US military to leave their homes at gunpoint during the spring of 1838.

Historic Trails - The trails, traces, and finally roads used by early immigrants to travel to the Cumberland settlements had two main routes. A northern route started south of Clinch Mountain (near Blaine), crossed the Clinch River (east of Oak Ridge), and continued across the Cumberland Mountains to Standing Stone (Monterey). A later southern route passed by Knoxville to Kingston as settlements grew in that area,

Kingston Pike - Kingston Pike (part of U.S. Route 70; also designated but unsigned as Tennessee State Route 1) is a highway in Knox County, Tennessee, that was the primary route from downtown Knoxville, formerly James White's Fort, to the western edge of Knox County before Interstate 40 was constructed in the 1960s. The highway is a primary east–west county artery, cutting through affluent and commercial portions of west Knox County.

Mead's and Ross Marble Quarries - Just a five-minute drive from downtown Knoxville you can find a mysterious and magical natural place to explore like none other in Tennessee. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, both Mead’s and Ross Marble Quarries within Ijams Nature Center transport visitors to a different world – a world of never-ending surprises.

Sequoyah Museum - Sequoyah (George Gist) was born circa 1776 at the village of Tuskegee, which was very near the present-day Museum. His father was Nathaniel Gist, a Virginia fur trader. His mother was Wut-teh, daughter of a Cherokee Chief.

Tennessee & the Trail of Tears - Between 1830 and 1850, the U.S. government forced Native Americans out of their land in Tennessee and other states, and onto reservations in Oklahoma. The path they followed is now called the Trail of Tears, due to the many deaths, illnesses and tribulations Native Americans faced along the way. Once the site of the Cherokee homeland, Tennessee has a multitude of historic sites and collections that keep the Trail of Tears alive in memory, never to be forgotten.

Tennessee Pink Marble Trail - Tennessee Pink Marble is famous all over the world. As the premier showroom for Tennessee Pink Marble, Candoro is a featured stop on this self-guided tour of Knoxville.

Tennessee Whiskey Trail - Tennessee is known the world over for our music and hospitality. And our whiskey. Tennessee has been a leader in spirits distillation throughout our nation’s history. The Tennessee Whiskey Trail is made up of approximately 30 distilleries across the state. These distilleries range from small, boutique-style operations to well-known distilleries that have been making legendary Tennessee Whiskey for generations.

TN Pink Marble Trail - The 35-mile Tennessee Pink Marble Trail encircles a 5-mile radius connecting downtown to primarily South Knoxville attractions highlighting the stone architecture of the Chapman Highway Dogwood Trail and the reclaimed Mead’s Quarry at Ijams Nature Center, along with various stops along the Urban Wilderness Loop and nearby historic homes.

Top Secret Trail - Top Secret Trail Top Secret Trail Take a journey through some of East Tennessee’s beautiful scenery and best-kept secrets. You’ll start your trip in Knoxville, then set off into the Upper Cumberland Plateau and the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, where you’ll explore the area’s culture, marvel at the landscape, and sample some home cooking.

Warriors Passage National Recreation Trail - This account was prepared to document the research and work to locate and restore portions of an ancient trail from South Carolina into east Tennessee. The author is one of three Scout leaders, who over fifty years ago was involved in engaging their Boy Scouts during a period of three years in reopening this historic trail.

White Lightning Trail - East Tennessee, in addition to its beautiful rolling scenery, is rich in history and folk life. No trail exhibits this better than the Knoxville/Smokies/Cumberland Trail, which takes you on a journey of living lore from the Tennessee River through the old gateway to the west at Cumberland Gap.

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