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Interstate 40 Tennessee
Eastbound - Tennessee 385 to Dickson

Highway Information

Miles 455.28
Counties Traveled
Through
Shelby, Fayette,
Haywood, Madison,
Henderson, Carroll,
Decatur, Benton,
Humphreys, Hickman,
Dickson, Williamson,
Cheatham, Davidson,
Wilson, Smith, Putnam,
Cumberland, Roane,
Loudon, Knox, Sevier,
Jefferson, Cocke
Cities Memphis, Jackson,
Nashville, Lebanon,
Cookeville, Crossville,
Knoxville, Newport
Major Junctions Interstate 240
(Exit 1E & Exit 12C)

Interstate 440
(Exit 206 & Exit 213A)

Interstate 65
(Exit 208B & Exit 210)

Interstate 24
(Exit 211B & Exit 213A)

Tennessee 840
(Exit 176 & Exit 235)

Interstate 75
(Exit 368 & Exit 385)

Interstate 140
(Exit 376B)

Interstate 640
(Exit 385 & Exit 393)

Interstate 275
(Exit 387A)

Interstate 81
(Exit 421)

OKRoads Coverage
Miles Driven
by OKRoads
(Percentage)
455 (100%)
Western End of
Interstate Driven
Arkansas State Line
Eastern End of
Interstate Driven
North Carolina State Line

Pictures

Eastbound:

Memphis area

Tennessee 385 to Dickson

Dickson to Lebanon

Lebanon to Interstate 75 South

Interstate 75 South to North Carolina State Line

Westbound:

Interstate 81 to Lebanon

Lebanon to Jackson

Jackson to Arkansas State Line

Eastbound
Soon after entering Fayette County, Interstate 40 crosses the Loosahatchie River. You know you're in the South when you get bodies of water that end with either "hatchie" or "hoochie." (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The first of two Fayette County interchanges is Exit 35, Tennessee 59, one mile. The state highway begins at U.S. 51 in Covington and travels southeast 30 miles to its other end at Tennessee 76 north of Somerville. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Use Tennessee 59 South, Tennessee 76 South, and Tennessee 57 East to LaGrange, located near the Mississippi state line. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 35 - Tennessee 59 - Covington/Somerville. Both cities are seats of their respective counties. Covington is 20 miles northwest and Somerville is 13 miles southeast. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 42 - Tennessee Secondary 222 - 1 mile. The secondary state route ends near Tennessee 59's southern terminus, hence the reference to Somerville. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 42 - Tennessee Secondary 222 - Stanton/Somerville. Stanton is located along U.S. 70 and U.S. 79 and is six miles to the north. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 47 - Tennessee Secondary 179 - 1 mile. The secondary route connects Covington, Stanton, Dancyville, and Whiteville. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 47 - Tennessee Secondary 179 and Stanton-Dancyville Road. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 52 - Tennessee 76/Tennessee Secondary 179 - 1 mile. The exit leads directly to Koko Road, which travels just a few feet eastward from the interstate to Tennessee 76, just feet north of Tennessee Secondary 179. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 52 - Koko Road. Whiteville is 15 miles southeast via Tennessee Secondary 179. Tennessee 76 and Tennessee Secondary 179 share a five-mile duplex from Dancyville northward to a point just behind the trees to the right. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East enters the Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge near mile marker 53. The refuge is located along the Hatchie River. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 56 - Tennessee 76 - 1 mile. The state highway parallels Interstate 40 between Exits 52 and 56. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
A West Tennessee tourist information center is located via Tennessee 76. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 56 - Tennessee 76 - Brownsville/Somerville. Brownsville, population 10,748, is four miles to the north, and is the seat of Haywood County. (Photo taken 7/5/05)

Two perspectives from the off-ramp to Tennessee 76. The overpass was being reconstructed at the time of these pictures. Haywood Park Community Hospital is located in northeast Brownsville. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 60 - Tennessee Secondary 19/Mercer Road. The secondary highway connects Interstate 40 to Brownsville and continues northwest from the city as Tennessee 19. Mercer is 11 miles southeast via Tennessee Secondary 19 and Tennessee Secondary 138. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 66 - U.S. 70 - 1 mile. This is one of several junctures between the two highways. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 66 - U.S. 70. No control cities are used here. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 68 - Tennessee Secondary 138 - 3/4 mile. The route logs 23.1 miles from Interstate 40 to Tennessee 18 near Toone. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 68 - Tennessee Secondary 138 - Providence Road. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The first eastbound rest area in Tennessee is between Exits 68 and 74 in western Madison County. Tourist information is also available here. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at the Madison County rest area. The next rest area is 58 miles ahead in Benton County. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 74 - Lower Brownsville Road - 1 mile. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 74 - Lower Brownsville Road. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 76 - Tennessee Secondary 223 South - 1 mile. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
A Tennessee Department of Transportation office is located near Exit 76. Also use Exit 76 to the McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport. The airport is located near the intersection of U.S. 70 and Tennessee Secondary 223. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 76 - Tennessee Secondary 223 South - McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East enters the city of Jackson, population 59,643, following Exit 76. The city is the 7th largest in the Volunteer State and is home to Union University and Freed-Hardeman University. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 79 - U.S. 412 - 1 3/4 miles. U.S. 412 was commissioned in the 1980s and travels through New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Tennessee. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Use any of the next six exits to Jackson. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Pinson Mounds State Park is located via Exit 80A (Bypass U.S. 45 South) and is one of two state archaeological parks. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Chickasaw State Park is located on Tennessee 100 west of Henderson. Use Exit 80A to Bypass U.S. 45 South to Tennessee 100. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
We are still awaiting Exit 79, but another brown guide sign appears for Exit 80A. Jackson is home of the Casey Jones Home and Railroad Museum, which they call "the best whistlestop between Memphis and Nashville." (Photo taken 7/5/05)
In case you've forgotten, Exit 79 is actually the next exit. U.S. 412 connects Jackson to Dyersburg and Interstate 155, 43 miles to the northwest. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The speed limit falls to 65 as we enter Jackson. Following the U.S. 412 partial cloverleaf, the next two interchanges, at Bypass U.S. 45 and mainline U.S. 45, are full cloverleaf interchanges. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 crosses some railroad tracks parallel to U.S. 412 as another sign appears for Exit 80A. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 79 - U.S. 412 - Jackson. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The Medical Center is accessed via Exit 80A, and the University of Tennessee at Martin is 50 miles to the north via Bypass U.S. 45 and U.S. 45E. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exits 80A-B - Bypass U.S. 45 - 3/4 mile. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
For commercial vehicle registration, use Bypass U.S. 45 North. For Lambuth University and Lane College, use Exit 82A (U.S. 45 South). (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 80A - Bypass U.S. 45 South - Next Right. The bypass has three interchanges: Interstate 40, Vann Drive, which is adjacent to the interstate, and Hollywood Drive. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East finally reaches Exit 80A - Bypass U.S. 45 South - Jackson. Most of the city's hotels are located near this interchange. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 80B - Bypass U.S. 45 North - Humboldt. The city is 13 miles to the north on U.S. 45W. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exits 82A-B - U.S. 45 - 3/4 mile. The mainline U.S. 45 and the bypass converge four miles to the north, and just three miles later, U.S. 45 splits again, this time into U.S. 45W and U.S. 45E. Those two highways will come back together near South Fulton on the Kentucky-Tennessee border. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Use U.S. 45 North to the nearest Highway Patrol Headquarters. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 82A - U.S. 45 South - Next Right. The mainline U.S. 45 route meets the bypass just south of downtown Jackson. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 82A - U.S. 45 South - Jackson. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 82B - U.S. 45 North - Milan. The city is on U.S. 45E, 20 miles to the north. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
After the U.S. 45 cloverleaf, the speed limit on Interstate 40 increases to 70 miles per hour. Two interchanges are left in Jackson. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 83 - Campbell Street. The arterial heads south to U.S. 45 north of the business district. This diamond interchange is new, as it was not complete when I passed through Jackson in March 2003. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 85 - Christmasville Road/Dr. F.E. Wright Drive - 1 1/4 mile. Both streets travel through eastern Jackson. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Use Christmasville Road south to U.S. 412 West to Jackson State Community College. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Pringles Park Stadium, home of the Double-A West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx baseball team, is located on the south side of Interstate 40 between Exit 85 and Exit 87. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 85 - Jackson/Christmasville Road/Dr. F.E. Wright Drive. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 87 - U.S. 70/U.S. 412 - 1 mile. U.S. 412 stays to the south of the interstate here, but is separated from Interstate 40 by a short distance on U.S. 70 West. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Bethel College is located in McKenzie. Use U.S. 70 East to Tennessee 22 North to the college. A 39 mile drive separates Interstate 40 from McKenzie. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 87 - U.S. 70/U.S. 412 - Huntingdon/McKenzie. Huntingdon, population 4,349, is 29 miles northeast of this point. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Now that we have finally left Jackson behind for good, Nashville becomes the only city listed on mileage signs. The Music City is now 121 miles away. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The next exit is Exit 93 for Tennessee Secondary 152. Apparently, this blue services has been around a while, evidenced by the "a" in "gas" that is hanging by a thread. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 93 - Tennessee Secondary 152/Law Road - 1 mile. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 93 - Tennessee Secondary 152/Law Road. The secondary route ends one mile south at U.S. 412. From there,  take U.S. 412 east 14 miles to Lexington. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 101 - Tennessee Secondary 104 - 1 mile. The highway is designated a Tennessee Scenic Byway, as evidenced by the small sign on the left post. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 101 - Tennessee Secondary 101. The secondary highway connects U.S. 70 in Cedar Grove to U.S. 70 west of Lexington. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
A parking area and weigh station are located near mile marker 104. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at the parking area and weigh station. The next rest area is about 24 miles ahead. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The Shiloh National Military Park is located near Shiloh. Take Tennessee 22 South for 46 miles to the scene of the first major battle in the Western theatre of the Civil War, according to the page referenced above. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 108 - Tennessee 22 - 1 mile. The impending juncture is called Parkers Crossroads. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
A tourist information center is located on Tennessee 22. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Pickwick Landing State Park is located near the point where Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama come together. It is located on Pickwick Lake. Take Tennessee 22 South to Tennessee Secondary 142 South to Tennessee 57 East to the park. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Parkers Crossroads was also the site of a Civil War battle. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 108 - Tennessee 22 - Lexington/Huntingdon. Most of the state highway between Interstate 40 and Huntingdon is four-lane divided. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East enters the Natchez Trace State Park as Exit 116 for Tennessee Secondary 114 approaches in one mile. The diamond interchange straddles the Carroll-Henderson county line. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 116 - Tennessee Secondary 114 - Natchez Trace State Park. The route extends most of the vertical span of the state. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 between Memphis and Nashville is known as the Music Highway. This is one of several such signs designating the route. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The next interchange is Exit 126, serving U.S. 641 and Tennessee 69. This is the southern terminus of the federal route. Paris Landing State Park is near the Tennessee-Kentucky border west of the Land Between the Lakes area. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The Land Between the Lakes recreation area is set in the middle of Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley. Kentucky Lake is formed from the Tennessee River. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park is located just east of Camden on Kentucky Lake. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 126 - Tennessee 69/U.S. 641 - 1 mile. Use U.S. 641 North for all of the parks listed above. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Ross Creek Landing State Park is a golf course with the fifth in a series of Jack Nicklaus-designed golf courses. Use Tennessee 69 South to Tennessee Secondary 128 East to Clifton and the golf course. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
A broken-down semi truck blocks the sign to Exit 126 and U.S. 641 and Tennessee 69. Camden and Paris are both located along U.S. 641, 16 and 37 miles north of Interstate 40, respectively. Parsons is 14 miles south via Tennessee 69. Motorists will enter Benton County at the overpass ahead. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The second eastbound rest area on Interstate 40 in Tennessee is located in Benton County between exits 126 and 133. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at the Benton County rest area. The next rest area is 41 miles away in Dickson County. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 133 - Tennessee Secondary 191 - 1 mile. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 133 - Tennessee Secondary 191/Birdsong Road. The secondary route extends northward and ends at the Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park east of Camden. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East enters the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge just after Birdsong Road. The interstate crosses the Tennessee River into Humphreys County just ahead. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East as it crosses the Tennessee River. The river eventually makes up part of the border between Mississippi and Alabama. Interstate 40 has two interchanges in Humphreys County. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 137 - Cuba Landing - 1 mile. The road skirts the eastern side of the Tennessee River. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 137 - Cuba Landing Road. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 143 - Tennessee 13 - 1 mile. The north-south state highway travels through Collinwood, Waynesboro, Linden, Waverly, and Clarksville along its nearly cross-state route. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Lobelville is nine miles to the south via Tennessee 13. Buffalo is located just north of Interstate 40 on the west side of Tennessee 13. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The Loretta Lynn Dude Ranch is in Hurricane Mills north of the interstate. The ranch is the farm of the so-called "queen of country music." (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 143 - Tennessee 13. Linden and Waverly are seats of Perry and Humphreys counties, respectively. Linden is 21 miles south at the intersection of U.S. 412 and Tennessee 13. (Photo taken 7/5/05)

Two views from the Exit 143 off-ramp to Tennessee 13. Several hotels and gas stations are located in the immediate vicinity of this exit. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 148 - Tennessee Secondary 50 - 1 mile. The secondary route eventually becomes a primary route with the same number and travels through Centerville, Columbia, and Fayetteville. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Turney Center is an industrial prison and farm located in the town of Only. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 148 - Tennessee Secondary 50 - Centerville. The seat of Hickman County is 22 miles to the southeast. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 152 - Tennessee Secondary 230 - 1 mile. The exit leads to the tiny, but strangely named, town of Bucksnort. It's so small it is not on the official Tennessee map. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 152 - Tennessee Secondary 230 - Bucksnort. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 163 - Tennessee Secondary 48 - 1 mile. This is the first of four exits to highways leading to Dickson, population 12,244. The city itself is located five miles to the north of the interstate at Exit 172. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 163 - Tennessee Secondary 48 - Centerville/Dickson. A 10 mile drive separates Interstate 40 from Dickson, and 19 miles from this interchange to Centerville. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The third and final eastbound rest area before entering Nashville is located in southern Dickson County between exits 163 and 172. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at the Dickson County rest area. The next Interstate 40 rest area is 98 miles ahead in Smith County. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Exit 172 (Tennessee 46) provides access to the main entrance into Dickson. Montgomery Bell State Park is seven miles east of the city. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 172 - Tennessee 46 - 1 mile. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The Renaissance Center is an arts, technology education, and performing arts center that calls Dickson home. It is located on Tennessee 46 two miles north of Interstate 40. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The Tennessee Technology Center at Dickson is also just off of Tennessee 46. The center also has smaller campuses in Clarksville, Waverly, and Fairview. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 172 - Tennessee 46 - Next Right. The interchange is a partial cloverleaf, with all ramps on the east side of the state highway due to railroad tracks in the way on the west side. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 172 - Tennessee 46 - Centerville/Dickson. Dickson is five miles north, and Centerville is 23 miles southwest via Tennessee 100. An advisory speed is posted for 20 mph for the tight loop ramp. The sign is posted to the overpass carrying the aforementioned railroad tracks. Also, a stalled Ford Expedition is parked along the shoulder here, once again proving that Ford stands for Found On Road Dead. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Scenes Related to Interstate 40
Tennessee 76 North at Interstate 40 East near Brownsville. Construction to widen the overpass was in progress. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Tennessee 13 North at Interstate 40 West near Hurricane Mills. Unleaded gas was about $2.09/gallon on this early July day. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Tennessee 13 South at Interstate 40 West. Downtown Memphis is 145 miles west of this point. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Tennessee 13 South at Interstate 40 East. The Music City lies 65 miles to the east. (Photo taken 7/5/05)

Page created: October 16, 2005
Last updated: October 18, 2005