Tennessee State Route 52

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State Route 52 primary marker State Route 52 secondary marker

State Route 52
Rugby Pike
Route information
Maintained by TDOT
Length: 144.5 mi[1] (232.6 km)
Major junctions
West end: SR 49 in Orlinda
East end: US 27 in Elgin
Counties: Robertson, Sumner, Macon, Clay, Overton, Pickett, Fentress, Morgan, Scott
Highway system
SR 51 SR 53

State Route 52 (SR 52) is an east–west state highway that crosses eight counties in northern and northeastern Tennessee. The 144.5-mile-long (232.6 km) route originates in Orlinda along SR 49 and ends in Elgin along U.S. Route 27 (US 27).

SR 52 is mostly a primary route, but becomes secondary west of I-65. Between Celina and Livingston it is part of Corridor J of the Appalachian Development Highway System.

Route description[edit]


In the border counties[edit]

SR 52 begins as a secondary state route in Orlinda at SR 49 in Robertson County. It begins an eastward trek and junctions with I-65 west of Portland. A short distance later, it junctions with US 31W (SR 41) and enters Sumner County. Once it does so, it becomes a primary route. SR 52 then enters Portland and has an Intersection with SR 109. Continuing east, SR 52 enters Westmoreland, bypassing the downtown area to the south, and comes to a intersection with US 31E/231 (SR 6). It then crosses into Macon County and passes through Siloam. SR 52 continues into Lafayette to intersect with SR 10. It then exits Lafayette and intersects with SR 262 at Webbtown. It continues to Red Boiling Springs, where it has a junction with SR 56.[4]

It continues eastward into Clay County, and goes through the communities of Hermitage Springs and Moss, the latter of which SR 51 intersects SR 52. SR 53 intersects SR 52 at Celina.[5]

For SR 52’s first 75.9 miles (122.1 km), it parallels the Tennessee-Kentucky state line.[6][7]

Celina to Elgin[edit]

After exiting Celina, SR 52 turns southeast to cross into Overton County. A short distance from the county line, it comes to a junction with SR 136 just north of Standing Stone State Park. It continues east and passes through Allons. SR 52 then enters Livingston and intersects with SR 111. It continues into downtown and becomes concurrent with SR 85. It continues east and goes through Alpine and separates from SR 85 to the east.[8]

SR 52 then continues eastward into far southern Pickett County, and then crosses into Fentress County shortly after. It winds to the east to Jamestown, where it has an intersection with SR 154. It then goes straight through downtown, crosses Main St. (Old US 127), and has an interchange with US 127 (SR 28) just outside of town. SR 52 then goes southeast, and enters Allardt to intersect SR 296. It then continues on known as "Rugby Pike", which is the name it keeps all the way to its eastern end. It continues through rural Fentress county to a tall bridge over the Obed River and crosses into Morgan County and the Eastern Time Zone. A short distance past the river, SR 52 intersects Old Rugby Pike, which until December 2013 was the actual route of SR 52, which runs a loop through the historic community of Rugby, while the current route runs along a new bypass to the south. SR 52 then becomes very narrow and curvy and straddles Morgan County's eastern boundary line for several miles before finally entering Scott County to end in the community of Elgin at an intersection with US 27 (SR 29).[9]


Sometime between 2010 and 2013, SR 52 in Red Boiling Springs was rerouted onto a bypass route to the south of that city. Most of the old alignment, however, still retains its SR 56 designation through the town. Several other older alignments of SR 52 still remain in Macon and northern Sumner Counties, including Church Street in Lafayette, and Austin Peay Highway near Westmoreland.

In December 2013, the town of Rugby was bypassed by the rerouting of SR 52, with the old alignment now being known as Old Rugby Pike.

SR 52 in eastern Clay County was rerouted onto a staighter alignment from Celina to the Overton County line. After that project was finished in the 2010s, SR 52 no longer runs concurrently with SR 53 on the south side of town. The old alignment is now known as Old Livingston Highway. Parts of an even older alignment of State Route 52 in Clay County still remains intact also. All re-routings shortened the route by an estimated total of 4.4 miles (7.1 km) from the previously listed 148.88 miles (239.60 km).

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi km Destinations Notes
Robertson Orlinda 0.0 0.0 SR 49 – Springfield, Franklin (KY) Western terminus
I-65 – Nashville, Louisville I-65 exit 117
county line
7.2 11.6 US 31W (SR 41) – White House
Sumner Portland 11.7 18.8 SR 109 – Mitchellville, Gallatin
Oak Grove SR 259 west – Mitchellville
SR 174 – Gallatin
Westmoreland US 31E / US 231 (SR 6) – Scottsville, Gallatin
Macon Eulia SR 141 south – Hartsville
Lafayette SR 10 – Hartsville, Business District
SR 261 north (Church Street)
Webbtown SR 262 east (Browns Road)
Red Boiling Springs SR 56 / SR 80 south – Gamaliel, KY, Cyclemos Motorcycle Museum
SR 151 – Red Boiling Springs, North Springs, Cyclemos Motorcycle Museum Interchange
Clay Oak Grove SR 135 south
Moss SR 51 north – Tompkinsville
Celina SR 52 Truck east (Dow Avenue) Western terminus of SR 52 Truck
SR 52 Truck west (Brown Street) Eastern terminus of SR 52 Truck
SR 53 – Nashville, Gainesboro, Dale Hollow Dam
Overton Timothy SR 136 south – Standing Stone State Rustic Park
Livingston SR 111 (Bradford Hicks Drive) to SR 84 – Byrdstown
SR 85 west (Broad Street) – Cookeville, Nashville Western end of SR 85 overlap
SR 294 north (East Main Street) to SR 111 – Byrdstown
SR 85 east – Wilder Eastern end of SR 85 overlap
No major junctions
Fentress SR 154 north (West Cove Road)
Jamestown Old US 127 (Main Street)
US 127 (SR 28) – Static, Crossville Interchange
Allardt SR 296 west
Morgan Old Rugby Pike – Rugby Old SR 52
Rugby Old Rugby Pike – Rugby Old SR 52
Scott Elgin 144.5 232.6 US 27 (SR 29) – Oneida, Wartburg Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Related routes[edit]

Truck route[edit]

State Route 52 Truck
Location: Celina
Length: 0.049 mi (0.079 km)

State Route 52 Truck Route (SR 52 Truck) is a truck route in downtown Celina, in Clay County. With a total length of 261 feet (80 m), the truck route includes the following streets:

  • Dow Avenue from SR 52 (Main St./Dow Ave.) to Brown Street, and
  • Brown Street from Dow Avenue to Lake Avenue.

The route folds back into SR 52 at the corner of Brown Street and Lake Avenue.

Old Rugby Pike[edit]

Old Rugby Pike
Location: Rugby
Length: 3.2 mi (5.1 km)

Old Rugby Pike is the main route in and out of the town of Rugby, located in northern Morgan County in East Tennessee. Maintained by the Morgan County Highway Department in Wartburg, both of the road’s termini are intersections with SR 52 as it is the only major highway in the general area. The roadway was an original alignment of SR 52 until it was bypassed by the current allocation in December 2013.

The road accesses the restored 1880s Victorian Village in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.[10]


  1. ^ Total length as of January 2017
  2. ^ Rand McNally (2016). "Tennessee" (Map). The Road Atlas (2016 Walmart ed.). 1 in≈30 mi. Chicago: Rand McNally. pp. 94–95. ISBN 0-528-00626-6. 
  3. ^ DeLorme (2010). Tennessee Atlas & Gazetteer (Map). Yarmouth, ME: DeLorme. 
  4. ^ Tennessee Department of Transportation (2017). Tennessee's Official Transportation Map (PDF) (Map) (2017 ed.). Nashville: Tennessee Department of Transportation. §§ A8–A9. Retrieved February 28, 2017. 
  5. ^ Tennessee Department of Transportation (2017). Tennessee's Official Transportation Map (PDF) (Map) (2017 ed.). Nashville: Tennessee Department of Transportation. §§ A9–A10. Retrieved February 28, 2017. 
  6. ^ Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (2016). Kentucky Official Highway Map (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Frankfort: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. §§ F6–F9. 
  7. ^ DeLorme (2010). Kentucky Atlas & Gazetteer (Map). Yarmouth, ME: DeLorme. pp. 80–83. ISBN 0-89933-340-0. 
  8. ^ Tennessee Department of Transportation (2017). Tennessee's Official Transportation Map (PDF) (Map) (2017 ed.). Nashville: Tennessee Department of Transportation. §§ A10, B10. Retrieved February 28, 2017. 
  9. ^ Tennessee Department of Transportation (2017). Tennessee's Official Transportation Map (PDF) (Map) (2017 ed.). Nashville: Tennessee Department of Transportation. §§ B10–B12, A11. Retrieved February 28, 2017. 
  10. ^ National Park Service (2008). Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area (PDF) (Map) (2008 ed.). Washington, D.C.: National Park Service. § F9. Retrieved February 28, 2017.