Interstate 81

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Interstate 81 branches northeast from I-40 along a 75.5 mile long course to Bristol and the Virginia state line. Connecting the Tri-Cities region with Knoxville via I-40 west and Asheville, North Carolina via I-26 south, I-81 constitutes a major freight corridor joining the Northeastern U.S. with the Southeast.

Interstate 81 Tennessee Guides

Interstate 81 parallels Bays Mountain north from I-40 to areas south of Morristown and the Greene / Washington County line. The freeway runs along a series of hills into the Tri-Cities area, including Baines Ridge, Howard Ridge, Double Springs Ridge. Passing south of Kingsport along the Colonial Heights community, I-81 spans Fort Patrick Henry Lake. The northernmost section in Tennessee enters suburban areas of west Bristol.

Interstate 81 south along Double Springs Ridge near the Washington County, Tennessee line. 06/25/12

I-81 south at Double Springs Ridge
Interstate 81 scenes

The Greene County I-81 South Rest Area lies across from Lost Mountain, east of Baileytown.
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Pyborn Ridge rises east of the Greene County Rest Area.
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SR 160 (Enka Highway) connects Interstate 81 with the Hamblen County seat of Morristown at Exit 12.
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Interstate 81 leads south from the diamond interchange with SR 160 to the town of White Pine and I-40 outside Dandridge.
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Confirming marker for SR 160 south beyond the exchange with I-81. SR 160 crosses the Nolichucky River and Cocke County line in 3.7 miles.
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SR 93 south at the parclo interchange with I-81 in the community of Fall Branch. I-81 leads northeast six miles to Tri-Cities Crossing and the exchange with I-26/U.S. 23. SR 93 meets the north end of SR 81 in 1.25 miles at Haws Crossroads.
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Photo Credits:

  • 08/23/03 by AARoads and Justin Cozart.
  • 07/18/04 by Carter Buchanan.
  • 05/31/07 by AARoads and Carter Buchanan.

Connect with:
Interstate 26
Interstate 40
U.S. 11

Page Updated 08-26-2020.

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