OKRoads  

Home
Highway Guides: Listed by Number | Listed by State
Roadtrips | Delaware Highways | OKHighways.com
About OKRoads | The Rant | Site Map | Updates | Contact OKRoads

Search OKRoads:

Interstate 26 Tennessee

Highway Information

Miles 57.3
Counties Traveled
Through
Sullivan, Washington,
Carter, Unicoi
Cities Erwin, Johnson City,
Kingsport
Major Junctions Interstate 81
(Exits 46A-B)
OKRoads Coverage
Miles Driven
by OKRoads
(Percentage)
57 (100%)
Western End of
Interstate Driven
Virginia State Line
Eastern End of
Interstate Driven
North Carolina
State Line

Pictures

Interstate 26 West and U.S. 23 North
Interstate 26 West and U.S. 23 North as the highways enter the state of Tennessee. The remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy were passing through when we took these pictures, so they will not be of the finest quality. We hope to make a return trip to the area in the near future, but for now, see the Interstate 26 Tennessee page at SouthEastRoads.com for better pictures of Interstate 26. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
For those who chose to see just how bad these pictures are, here we see the 3/4 mile advance signage for Exit 9 - Clear Branch Road. None of our pictures for Exit 5 (Flag Pond Road) turned out. And even this one didn't turn out great; at least we can somewhat interpret the sign! (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Interstate 26 West and U.S. 23 North at Exit 9 - Clear Branch Road. U.S. 23's exit numbers are used instead of Interstate 26's throughout the state. The U.S. 23 freeway was completed before the northward extension of Interstate 26. Interstate 26 and U.S. 23 duplex for all 57 miles in the Volunteer State. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Interstate 26 West and U.S. 19W and U.S. 23 North
Interstate 26 West and U.S. 19W and U.S. 23 North at Exit 15 - Jackson-Love Highway/Erwin. The town of Erwin is seven miles to the north and is home for 5,840 residents. U.S. 19W joins the interstate at Exit 12 and multiplexes with the interstate and U.S. 23 until Exit 35A. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Interstate 26 West and U.S. 19W and U.S. 23 North approaching Exit 19 - Main Street - 1/2 mile. Erwin is the seat of Unicoi County. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Interstate 26 West and U.S. 19W and U.S. 23 North at Exit 19 - Main Street/Erwin. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Interstate 26 West and U.S. 19W and U.S. 23 North at Exit 21 - Tinker Road. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Interstate 26 West and U.S. 19W and U.S. 23 North approaching Exit 23 - Tennessee Secondary 173 - 1 mile. Unicoi Road goes to the town of the same name. Almost 3,500 people call Unicoi home. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Use Tennessee Secondary 173 to the Cherokee National Forest, which covers 640,000 acres in far eastern Tennessee. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Interstate 26 West and U.S. 19W and U.S. 23 North at Exit 23 - Tennessee Secondary 173/Unicoi Road. The secondary route connects Interstate 26 to U.S. 19E south of Hampton. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Interstate 26 West and U.S. 19W and U.S. 23 North approaching Exit 28 - Tennessee Secondary 359 North/Okolona Road - 1 mile. Tennessee Secondary 359 extends from Interstate 26 to U.S. 321. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Interstate 26 West and U.S. 19W and U.S. 23 North at Exit 28 - Tennessee Secondary 359 North/Okolona Road. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Interstate 26 West and U.S. 19W and U.S. 23 North enter the city of Johnson City, population 57,812. It is the 8th largest city in the state. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
The first Johnson City exit is that of Exit 31, serving U.S. 321 and Tennessee 67. Use U.S. 321, U.S. 19E, and Tennessee Secondary 143 to the Roan Mountain State Park. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Sycamore Shoals State Park is located in Elizabethton. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Also located via Exit 31 is the James H. Quillen Veterans Affairs Medical Center. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
The Tipton Haynes State Historic Site is set in Johnson City. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Finally we see the first advance signage for Exit 31, one mile south of the interchange. This marked the southern terminus of Interstate 181, which Interstate 26 has now completely replaced. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Interstate 26 West and U.S. 19W and U.S. 23 North at Exit 31 - U.S. 321/Tennessee 67 - Elizabethton. The city of 13,993 is eight miles to the east. Some of the route between Johnson City and Elizabethton is freeway. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Interstate 26 West and U.S. 19W and U.S. 23 North approaching Exit 32 - Tennessee Secondary 91 - 3/4 mile. Main Street transforms into Elizabethton Highway just east of Johnson City and represents the original route of U.S. 321 through the city. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Use Market Street west to the Hands On! Regional Museum. Market Street and Main Street are one-way streets through downtown Johnson City and carry the secondary route. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Interstate 26 West and U.S. 19W and U.S. 23 North at Exit 32 - Tennessee Secondary 91 - Main Street/Market Street. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Interstate 26 West and U.S. 19W and U.S. 23 North at Exit 33 - Tennessee Secondary 400 - Unaka Avenue/Watauga Avenue. Again, the secondary route runs in separate one-way streets near downtown. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Interstate 26 West and U.S. 19W and U.S. 23 North approaching Exits 35A-B - U.S. 11E/U.S. 19W North - 1 mile. Roan Street makes up the main north-south arterial in Johnson City. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Interstate 26 West and U.S. 19W and U.S. 23 North approaching Exit 35A - U.S. 11E/U.S. 19W North - 1/2 mile. The highways duplex for the rest of their route in Tennessee. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Interstate 26 West and U.S. 19W and U.S. 23 North at Exit 35A - U.S. 11E and U.S. 19W North - Roan Street. One brave soul was out for a walk on this overpass when we took this picture. It wasn't the best of days to be taking a walk. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Interstate 26 West and U.S. 23 North
With the windshield wiper in the way, it is just enough to the left that we can still see the guide sign for Exit 35B to U.S. 11E South. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Interstate 26 West and U.S. 23 North approaching Exit 36 - Tennessee 381/State of Franklin Road - 1/2 mile. The state highway connects Tennessee 67 in south Johnson City to U.S. 11E/U.S. 19W 1.4 miles to the northeast. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Use Exit 36 to the Rocky Mount historic site, which is simply a large log house built in 1772. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Interstate 26 West and U.S. 23 North at Exit 36 - Tennessee 381/State of Franklin Road - Bristol. The city on the Tennessee-Virginia border is 21 miles to the northeast. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Interstate 26 West and U.S. 23 North approaching Exit 38 - Tennessee Secondary 354 - 1 mile. The secondary route connects U.S. 11E/U.S. 321 in Jonesborough to Tennessee Secondary 36. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Interstate 26 West and U.S. 23 North at Exit 38 - Tennessee Secondary 354/Boones Creek Road. Jonesborough (pop. 4,484) is seven miles southwest of Exit 38. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Interstate 26 West and U.S. 23 North approaching Exit 42 - Tennessee Secondary 75 - 1 mile. Bobby Hicks Highway connects U.S. 11E/U.S. 321 between Greeneville and Jonesborough to Tennessee Secondary 126 southwest of Bristol. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Use Exit 42 to the Appalachian Fairground, set in the community of Gray just north of Interstate 26. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Interstate 26 West and U.S. 23 North at Exit 42 - Tennessee Secondary 75/Bobby Hicks Highway/Suncrest Drive - Gray. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Interstate 26 West and U.S. 23 North approaching Exit 45 - Eastern Star Road - 1 mile. The 2.6-mile north-south road connects Kinchloe Mill Road to the south with Fordtown Road to the north. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Interstate 26 West and U.S. 23 North at Exit 45 - Eastern Star Road. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Interstate 26 West and U.S. 23 North approaching Exits 46A-B - Interstate 81 - 3/4 mile. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Interstate 26 West and U.S. 23 North approaching Exit 46A - Interstate 81 North - Next Right. Bristol is located on the Tennessee-Virginia state line 21 miles to the northeast. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Interstate 26 West and U.S. 23 North at Exit 46A - Interstate 81 North - Bristol. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Interstate 26 West and U.S. 23 North at Exit 46B - Interstate 81 South - Knoxville. Interstate 81 ends 57 miles to the southwest and transitions into Interstate 40. From there, it is another 33 miles to Knoxville. At the time we were here, this was where Interstate 26 ended and Interstate 181 began, now, Interstate 26 continues to the Virginia state line. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Interstate 26 West and U.S. 23 North enter the city of Kingsport. The city of 44,070 is served by five interchanges. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Interstate 26 West and U.S. 23 North approaching Exit 49 - Tennessee Secondary 347 - 1 mile. Rock Springs Road begins here and extends westward 31 miles to Rogersville. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Interstate 26 West and U.S. 23 North at Exit 49 - Tennessee Secondary 347/Rock Springs Road. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Interstate 26 West and U.S. 23 North approaching Exit 51 - Tennessee 93 - 1 mile. Tennessee 93 is 19.4 miles long and makes up a southern and eastern bypass of Kingsport. From Interstate 26 to the Virginia state line, Tennessee 93 is a four-lane divided highway with several interchanges along the way. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Exit 52 serves the Meadowview Parkway. Use that exit to visit the Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium and the Meadow View Convention Center. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Interstate 26 West and U.S. 23 North approaching Exit 51 - Tennessee 93 - Next Right, and Exit 52 - MeadowView Parkway - 1 mile. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Interstate 26 West and U.S. 23 North at Exit 51 - Tennessee 93/Wilcox Drive. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Interstate 26 West and U.S. 23 North approaching Exit 52 - MeadowView Parkway - 1/2 mile. West of the interstate, Reservoir Road continues the path of the parkway through far southwest Kingsport. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Interstate 26 West and U.S. 23 North at Exit 52 - MeadowView Parkway. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
The next exit is Exit 55 for U.S. 11W, which should be used for the East Tennessee State University at Kingsport. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Interstate 26 West and U.S. 23 North approaching Exit 55 - U.S. 11W - 1 mile. This was the northern terminus of historic Interstate 181. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Interstate 26 West and U.S. 23 North at Exit 55 - U.S. 11W/Stone Drive. The north-south federal highway travels east-west through this area and has a silent duplex with Tennessee 1. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Interstate 26 West and U.S. 23 North approaching Exit 57 - Tennessee Secondary 36 South/Lynn Garden Drive - 1 mile. The secondary route is 21.3 miles long and connects Kingsport and Johnson City. It may have been the original route for U.S. 23. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Interstate 26 West and U.S. 23 North approaching Exit 57 - Tennessee Secondary 36 South/Lynn Garden Drive - 1/4 mile. Through traffic is narrowed to one lane as Interstate 26 draws to a close. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Interstate 26 West and U.S. 23 North at Exit 57 - Tennessee Secondary 36 South/Lynn Garden Drive. Gate City, Virginia, is just five miles ahead. (Photo taken 7/7/05)
Mile marker 58 on U.S. 23 North as it prepares to merge onto Lynn Garden Drive. Immediately after the merge, motorists will enter the state of Virginia. (Photo taken 7/7/05)

Page created: December 13, 2005
Last updated: December 13, 2005