Alabama State Route 65

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State Route 65 marker

State Route 65
Route information
Maintained by ALDOT
Length: 27.540 mi[1] (44.321 km)
Existed: 1940 – present
Major junctions
South end: US-72 at Paint Rock
  SR-146 at Swaim
North end: SR 97 at Tennessee state line north of Francisco, AL
Counties: Jackson
Highway system
  • Alabama State Routes
I‑65 SR-66

State Route 65 is a 27.5-mile-long (44.3 km) route in western Jackson County, Alabama, United States. The southern terminus of the route is at its junction with U.S. Highway 72 at Paint Rock, Alabama. The northern terminus of the route is at the Alabama-Tennessee state line. North of the state line the route continues as Tennessee State Route 97.

Route description[edit]

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.

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Jackson County.

Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
  0.000 0.000 US-72 (SR-2)
Swaim 17.543 28.233 SR-146 east – Estillfork
  27.540 44.321 SR 97 north – Huntland Tennessee state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b Alabama Department of Transportation. "Milepost Maps". Retrieved April 9, 2011.