Tennessee State Route 68

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State Route 68 marker

State Route 68
Route information
Maintained by TDOT
Length106.9 mi[1] (172.0 km)
Major junctions
South end SR 5 / SR 60 in Copperhill, Tennessee/McCaysville, Georgia at TN/Ga state line
  US 64 / US 74 / SR 40 in Ducktown
SR 165 (Cherohala Skyway) in Tellico Plains
US 411 / SR 33 in Madisonville
I-75 in Sweetwater
US 27 / SR 29 near Spring City
North end US 127 / SR 28 in Crossville
Location
CountiesPolk, Monroe, McMinn, Meigs, Rhea, Cumberland
Highway system
SR 67SR 69

State Route 68 (SR 68) is a 107.2-mile-long (172.5 km) state highway in the eastern part of the U.S. state of Tennessee.

Route description[edit]

SR 68 sign, near Farner

SR 68 begins in southeastern Tennessee, at an intersection with Georgia State Route 5 and Georgia State Route 60 at the Tennessee–Georgia state line in Copperhill, Tennessee and McCaysville, Georgia. It then goes north to Ducktown, Tennessee where it junctions with US 64 and US 74. The route continues north and enters the Cherokee National Forest and goes through a mostly rural area, then in Turtletown it turns east and junctions with SR 123. SR 68 then turns back north and continues through a sparsely populated area and crosses over the Hiwassee River, The route then becomes curvy and dangerous. It then enters Monroe County and goes through Coker Creek and then Tellico Plains and junctions with SR 165 the Cherohala Skyway. In Tellico Plains, SR 68 serves as the eastern terminus for SR 39 it then proceeds north to Madisonville where it has an interchange/junction with US 411/SR 33. After this junction, the route then turns more northwesterly toward Sweetwater and passes The Lost Sea. In Sweetwater, it turns west and junctions with US 11 and I-75. Just past the I-75 junction, the route enters McMinn County where there are no highway junctions. It then enters Meigs County and Ten Mile and junctions with SR 305, SR 58, and has a brief concurrency with SR 304. It then crosses Watts Bar Dam and the Tennessee River into Rhea County near the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant and continues west. The route then has a 1-mile-long (1.6 km) concurrency with SR 302 and a 2.7-mile-long (4.3 km) concurrency with US 27/SR 29. US 27 and SR 68 go north to Spring City where SR 68 turns back west and US 27 goes north. Just after leaving Spring City, it turns back to north crosses over Waldens Ridge into Cumberland County where the route ends at a y-intersection with US 127/SR 28 in Cumberland Homesteads near Crossville and Cumberland Mountain State Park.

History[edit]

Major intersections[edit]

CountyLocationmikmDestinationsNotes
PolkCopperhill SR 5 south / SR 60 south – Mineral Bluff, Blue RidgeSouthern terminus; continuation beyond Georgia state line
Ducktown US 64 / US 74 (SR 40) – Cleveland, Murphy, NC, Ocoee Riverinterchange
SR 123 east to NC 294 – Hiwassee DamWestern terminus of SR 123
MonroeTellico Plains SR 165 east (Cherohala Skyway) – Tellico Plains, Bald River Falls, Indian BoundaryWestern terminus of SR 165
SR 39 west – EtowahEastern terminus of SR 39
Madisonville US 411 (SR 33) – Athensinterchange
Christianburg SR 307 southNorthern terminus of SR 307
Sweetwater US 11 (Main Street / SR 2)
I-75 – Chattanooga, KnoxvilleI-75 exit 60
Meigs SR 305 south – AthensNorthern terminus of SR 305
Ten Mile SR 58 – Decatur, Kingston
SR 304 north – Ten Mile, Kingstonsouth end of SR 304 overlap
SR 304 south – Decaturnorth end of SR 304 overlap
Tennessee RiverWatts Bar Dam
Rhea SR 302 south (Old Stage Road)south end of SR 302 overlap
SR 302 northnorth end of SR 302 overlap
US 27 south (SR 29) – Dayton, Chattanoogasouth end of US 27 / SR 29 overlap
Spring City US 27 north (SR 29) – Rockwoodnorth end of US 27 / SR 29 overlap
CumberlandCumberland Homesteads US 127 (SR 28) – Crossville, Jamestown, Pikeville, Cumberland Mountain State ParkNorthern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Google (July 11, 2014). "Tennessee State Route 68" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved July 11, 2014.

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