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Partnership Efforts Recognized with National Award

RALIEGH - The North Carolina Department of Transportation and the Tennessee Department of Transportation were honored this week to learn the states were selected for the 2024 Byway Community Award for Interpretation.

The award presented by the National Scenic Byway Foundation, celebrates the creation of the “Mountain Byways of Tennessee & North Carolina" E-Guide, a comprehensive digital resource designed to highlight the scenic beauty and diverse attractions of East Tennessee and Western North Carolina.

“This award underscores the importance of our Scenic Byways, which are just one part of North Carolina's breathtaking beauty," said David Harris, the state's Roadside Environmental engineer. “Our partnership with TDOT has allowed us to create a valuable resource that enhances travel experiences and promotes our states' shared natural and cultural heritage. We hope the guide will help visitors discover and appreciate the many treasures along our Scenic Byways."

Showcased within the guide are 14 individual Scenic Byway routes that meander through picturesque landscapes adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee National Forest, and Nantahala National Forest. Scenic Byway features highlighted in the guide include scenic views, outdoor recreation sites, historic sites and cultural experiences.

The guide is available for free at NCDOT Byways webpage and TDOT Scenic Roadways webpage.  


6/6/2024 11:10 AM