State Route 65/Tennessee State Route 97 serves as a connecting route between US-72 in northern Alabama and U.S. Highway 64 in Franklin County, Tennessee. From the route’s southern origin, the route is aligned along a two-lane road with numerous curves as it passes through the mountainous regions of northeastern Alabama and southern Tennessee. North of Paint Rock, State Route 65 passes through the unincorporated communities of Garth, Trenton, Hollytree, Princeton, Swaim and Francisco before it crosses into Tennessee. The route is notable because it runs through the entire length of the Paint Rock valley, a scenic valley in the Cumberland Plateau. This route is also known as the Curly Putman Highway, named after the songwriter who lived in the northern portion of the valley.