Tennessee State Route 56

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State Route 56 primary marker State Route 56 secondary marker

State Route 56
Route information
Maintained by TDOT
Length: 164.85 mi (265.30 km)
Major junctions
South end: SR 117 near Sherwood
  I-24 at Monteagle
US 70S at McMinnville
US 70 at Smithville
I-40 near Silver Point & Baxter
US 70N near Baxter
North end: KY 63 near Gamaliel, KY
Counties: Franklin, Marion, Grundy, Warren, DeKalb, Putnam, Jackson, Macon
Highway system
SR 55 SR 57

State Route 56 (SR 56) is a 164-mile (265 km) highway that runs south to north in Middle Tennessee.

SR 56 is secondary south of Sewanee. It is primary (but unsigned) along US 41A and US 41 between Sewanee and Tracy City. From Tracy City to the Kentucky line, SR 56 is a signed primary route, except west from North Springs to Gibbs Crossroads, where SR 151 carries primary traffic more directly to Red Boiling Springs.[1]

SR 56 begins at the end of Kentucky Route 63. From there it starts its southern journey through the small town of Red Boiling Springs and on to the town of Gainesboro in Jackson County.[1] It there becomes a division of the Tennessee Scenic Parkway system,[citation needed] and it proceeds south to U.S. Route 70N just outside Baxter in Putnam County.[1]

Before Interstate 40 was built in the 1960s, SR 56 went directly through the town of Baxter and proceeded down what is now the Old Baxter Road to Silver Point and then to Smithville. After the interstate came through, a spur route was built to intersect with Exit 280 (the Baxter - Gainesboro exit) that bypasses Baxter. Also, the route from I-40 to Gainesboro is known to Upper Cumberland residents as part of the Corridor J project. At the junction of I-40 and SR 56, SR 56 accompanies I-40 west for 7 miles (11 km). At Exit 273 (Smithville - McMinnville exit) SR 56 proceeds south towards Smithville and then to McMinnville in Warren County. This stretch of road between I-40 and Smithville was notorious for terrible curves prior to the late 1970s, but it was rebuilt and is now considered a good route to follow. Some refer to this route as the I-40 to I-24 corridor.[citation needed] In McMinnville, drivers can travel west on State Route 55 to Manchester to reach I-24.

Beyond McMinnville, SR 56 goes through Irving College before ascending to the top of the Cumberland Plateau, where it passes through Altamont and Tracy City before merging with U.S. Route 41 and U.S. Route 41A in Monteagle. Just past Sewanee, SR 56 diverges from US-41A and descends from the Cumberland Plateau into the Crow Creek Valley. After passing through Sherwood, SR 56 terminates at the Alabama/Tennessee state line. The road continues into Alabama as State Route 117.[1]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi km Destinations Notes
Franklin SR 117 south – Stevenson Alabama state line
Sewanee US 41A north (SR 15 west) – Cowan, Nashville, Memphis south end of US 41A / SR 15 overlap
St. Andrews SR 156 south – Sewanee-Franklin County Airport
Marion Monteagle I-24 (US 64) – Nashville, Chattanooga I-24 exit 134
US 41 north (SR 2) north end of US 41A / SR 15 overlap; south end of US 41 / SR 2 overlap
Main Street (SR 2 south) - Chattanooga north end of SR 2 overlap
Grundy Tracy City US 41 south (SR 150) – Jasper north end of US 41 overlap
Coalmont SR 108 – Pelham, Gruetli-Laager
Altamont SR 50 west / SR 108 south South end of SR 108 overlap
SR 108 north – Viola, McMinnville north end of SR 108 overlap
Warren SR 127 to SR 8 south – Dunlap
McMinnville SR 8 south – Dunlap
East Main Street To SR 380 west

SR 55 Bus. west – Manchester
Eastern terminus of SR 55 Bus.; Northern terminus of SR 108
SR 380 (Main and Morford Streets)
US 70S (SR 1) to I-24 / SR 55 – Manchester, Woodbury, Sparta
Green Hill SR 287 – Rock Island State Park
DeKalb SR 288 south
Smithville US 70 (SR 26) – Lebanon, Sparta
SR 83 south
Putnam Silver Point SR 141 west – Edgar Evins State Park
I-40 west – Nashville South end of I-40 overlap; SR 56 south follows exit 273
Roberts Old Baxter Road I-40 exit 276
Baxter I-40 east – Knoxville North end of I-40 overlap; SR 56 south follows exit 280
US 70N (SR 24) – Carthage, Cookeville
Bloomington Springs SR 291 south
Jackson SR 290 west south end of SR 290 overlap
SR 290 east – Cookeville north end of SR 290 overlap
Gainesboro SR 53 south – Gainesboro, Granville, Gainesboro Antique District South end of SR 53 overlap
SR 53 north / SR 85 east / SR 135 south – Celina, Livingston north end of SR 53 overlap; south end of SR 85 / SR 135 overlap
SR 85 west – Defeated, Carthage north end of SR 85 overlap
Whitleyville SR 135 north north end of SR 135 overlap
North Springs SR 151 north – Red Boiling Springs
Macon SR 262 east south end of SR 262 overlap
Gibbs Crossroads SR 80 south / SR 262 west – Lafayette, Carthage north end of SR 262 overlap; south end of SR 80 overlap
Red Boiling Springs SR 52 – Lafayette, Celina north end of SR 80 overlap
SR 151 east – Cyclemos Motorcycle Museum
KY 63 north – Gamaliel, Tompkinsville Kentucky state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b c d Tennessee Department of Transportation (2016). Official Transportation Map (PDF) (Map). c.1:1,013,760. Nashville: Tennessee Department of Transportation. §§ A9, A10–E10. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  • Tennessee Department of Transportation (24 January 2003). "State Highway and Interstate List 2003".