Tennessee State Route 73

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State Route 73 primary marker State Route 73 secondary marker

State Route 73
Route information
Maintained by TDOT
Length: 101.76 mi (163.77 km)
Major junctions
West end: I-40 / US 321 / SR 95 in Lenoir City
  I-75 in Lenoir City
US 129 / SR 115 in Maryville
Foothills Parkway in Walland
US 441 in Pigeon Forge
Gatlinburg Bypass in Gatlinburg
US 441 in Gatlinburg
Foothills Parkway in Cosby
US 321 / SR 32 near Cosby
I-40 near Cosby
North end: US 25 / US 70 / SR 9 in Newport
Counties: Loudon, Blount, Sevier, Cocke
Highway system
SR 72 US 74

State Route 73 is west-north state highway in East Tennessee.

Route description[edit]

The route begins at Interstate 40 (I-40) concurrent with US Route 321 (US-321) and SR-95 south of Oak Ridge and north of Lenoir City. The three routes head south to junction with U.S. Route 70 and Interstate 75 (I-75) in Lenoir City. They then continue southeast to junction with US Route 11 (US-11) in Lenoir City. SR-95 leaves US-321 and SR-73 south of Lenoir City, The now two routes head east into Blount County passing just south of Friendsville. On the edge of Maryville the routes have a short concurrency with SR-335 and junction with US Route 129 (US-129), in downtown the junction with US Route 411 (US-411) and SR-33. The routes then proceed out of Maryville and junction with the Foothills Parkway western section in Walland, turns south then back east to Townsend where the routes junction with Scenic SR-73. US-321 and mainline SR-73 turn north and Scenic 73 heads east into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The routes then continue northeasterly through Wears Valley to Pigeon Forge where they turn south onto US Route 441 and run concurrent for 8.5 miles to Gatlinburg(Just before Gatlinburg they have an interchange with Gatlinburg Bypass) where SR-73 and US-321 turn east and US-441 head south. . They then absorb and begin a concurrency with SR-32 in Cosby and junction with the Foothills Parkway east. SR-73 then leaves US-321 and SR-32 south of Newport it the junctions with I-40 for a second time and head northerly to terminate at U.S. Route 25 and U.S. Route 70 (US-25) and (US-70) on the east side of Newport.


Junction list[edit]

County Location mi km Destinations Notes
Loudon Lenoir City 0 0.0 I-40 / US 321 north / SR 95 north – Oak Ridge, Knoxville, Nashville Northern terminus of US-321, western terminus of SR-73 and begin US-321 and SR-95 overlap
US 70 / SR 1 – Kingston
I-75 – Chattanooga, Knoxville
US 11 / SR 2 – Loudon, Farragut
SR 444 west – Tellico Village Interchange; eastern terminus of SR-444
SR 95 south – Greenback east end of SR-95 overlap
Blount Friendsville SR 333 north southern terminus of SR-333
Maryville SR 335 south begin SR-335 overlap
SR 335 north end SR-335 overlap
SR 446 (Foothills Mall Drive) to US 129Foothills Mall
US 129 / SR 115 (Alcoa Highway) – Alcoa
US 411 / SR 33 – Rockford, Madisonville
SR 336 south Northern terminus of SR-336
SR 447 north to US 411 / SR 35 – Alcoa SR-447 is unsigned it is just signed as a connector to US-411 & SR-35; southern terminus
Walland Foothills ParkwayTop of The World, Chilhowee Lake, Great Smoky Mountains National Park Look Rock area
SR 73 Scenic east – Great Smoky Mountains National Park
western terminus of SR-73 Scenic
Sevier Wears Valley Foothills Parkway Future Interchange
Pigeon Forge US 441 / SR 71 – Sevierville Begin overlap with US-441 and TN-71
SR 449 north (Dollywood Lane/Veterans Boulevard) – Dollywood Southern terminus of SR-449
Gatlinburg Gatlinburg BypassCherokee, Great Smoky Mountains National Park Interchange; Northern terminus of Gatlinburg Bypass
US 441 / SR 71 south – Cherokee, Great Smoky Mountains National Park east end US-441 overlap
GatlinburgPittman Center line SR 454 north Southern terminus of SR-454
Pittman Center SR 416 north Southern terminus of SR-416
Cocke Cosby SR 32 north / SR 32 south begin SR-32 overlap
Foothills Parkway
SR 339 west – Sevierville Eastern terminus of SR-339
US 321 / SR 32 north End of US-321 and SR-32 overlap
I-40 – Knoxville, Asheville
Newport 101.76 163.77 US 25 / US 70 / SR 9 – Newport, Del Rio, Hot Springs Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Scenic route[edit]

State Route 73 Scenic
Location: TownsendGreat Smoky Mountains National Park

State Route 73 Scenic is a spur route of SR-73 in Blount and Sevier counties in the eastern portion of Tennessee. It serves as a connector route into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The road runs from Townsend to southwest of Gatlinburg. The route is also called Fighting Creek Gap Road[1] from US 441 to the Elkmont Campground entrance and Little River Gorge Road[2] to the Towsend Entrance Road. Locals often refer to this stretch of park road as "Little River Road" as this road follows the former roadbed of the Little River Railroad along the Little River from the Townsend entrance to the Park to Elkmont.

It begins at US Route 321 (US-321) and mainline SR-73 in Townsend and heads east into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and ends it's signed portion at Laurel Creek Road which goes to Cades Cove. The unsigned portion begins and ends at US Route 441 (US-441) in the park south of Gatlinburg, It then becomes signed again and turns north on to US 441/TN 71 and follows US 441/TN 71 for 2.7 miles to US 321/TN 73 in downtown Gatlinburg where it ends.

County Location mi km Destinations Notes
Blount Townsend US 321 / SR 73 (East Lamar Alexander Parkway / Townsend Entrance Road) – Maryville, Pigeon Forge Western terminus
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Laurel Creek Road – Cades Cove
Sevier Wear Gap Road – Wears Valley
Elkmont Road – Elkmont
US 441 / SR 71 (Newfound Gap Road) – Gatlinburg, Cherokee Western end of US 441/SR 71 concurrency
Gatlinburg BypassPigeon Forge Interchange
Gatlinburg US 441 north / SR 71 north (Parkway) / US 321 / SR 73 (East Parkway/Parkway) – Pigeon Forge, Cosby Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Park Tiles". National Park Service. Retrieved 2016-04-12. 
  2. ^ "Park Tiles". National Park Service. Retrieved 2016-04-12.