Alabama State Route 65
|Maintained by ALDOT|
|Length:||27.540 mi (44.321 km)|
|Existed:||1940 – present|
|South end:||US 72 in Paint Rock|
|SR 146 in Swaim|
|North end:||SR 97 at the Tennessee state line north of Francisco|
State Route 65 (SR 65) is a 27.540-mile-long (44.321 km) state highway in western Jackson County, in the U.S. state of Alabama. The southern terminus of the highway is at an intersection with U.S. Route 72 (US 72) at Paint Rock. The northern terminus of the highway is at the Tennessee state line, north of Francisco. North of the state line, the highway continues as Tennessee State Route 97.
SR 65 and Tennessee State Route 97 serve as a connecting route between US 72 in northern Alabama and US 64 in Franklin County, Tennessee. From SR 65’s southern terminus, the highway is aligned along a two-lane road with numerous curves as it travels through the mountainous regions of northeastern Alabama and southern Tennessee. North of Paint Rock, SR 65 travels through the unincorporated communities of Garth, Trenton, Hollytree, Princeton, Swaim, and Francisco, before it crosses into Tennessee. The route is notable because it travels through the entire length of the Paint Rock valley, a scenic valley in the Cumberland Plateau. This highway is also known as the Curly Putman Highway, named after the songwriter who lived in the northern portion of the valley.
The entire route is in Jackson County.
|||0.000||0.000||US 72 (SR 2)||Southern terminus|
|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