Tennessee State Route 87

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State Route 87 marker

State Route 87
Route information
Maintained by TDOT
Length39.18 mi (63.05 km)
Major junctions
West endDead end at Mississippi River near Fort Pillow State Park
  SR 207 at Fulton

SR 371 in Cherry

US 51 near Henning
SR 209 at Henning
East endTennessee 19.svg SR 19 near Brownsville
CountiesLauderdale, Haywood
Highway system
SR 86SR 88

State Route 87 (SR 87) is a secondary state highway located in Lauderdale and Haywood counties in West Tennessee. SR 87 runs west to east through mixed terrain of bluffs and rolling hills in Lauderdale County and mostly river bottoms in Haywood County. SR 87 is a two-lane facility throughout its length and features a 50-55 MPH speed limit depending on terrain. This highway is also narrow and in poor condition in several locations. This highway provides direct access to West Tennessee State Penitentiary and indirect access to Fort Pillow State Park via State Route 207. The western terminus of SR 87 is notable due to the extreme levels of erosion from the Mississippi River that has created a very sharp and unstable "cliff" that forced TDOT to erect a barricade to stop vehicles from driving over the edge and into the river.

Route Description[edit]

Lauderdale County[edit]

SR 87 begins on the banks of the Mississippi River in Lauderdale County, just north of the mouth of the Hatchie River. The highway then passes through the community of Fulton, where it has an intersection with SR 207, which provides access to Fort Pillow State Park. SR 87 continues east through wooded areas and passes by the West Tennessee State Penitentiary before coming to the community of Cherry, where it has its first intersection with SR 371. The highway then goes east through farmland and has another intersection with SR 371 before coming to an intersection with US 51/SR 3 and entering the town of Henning. SR 87 enters downtown along Graves Avenue before having a short concurrency with SR 209 (Main Street). SR 87 then leaves Henning along Mc Farland Avenue and passes just south of Durhamville before continuing east and crossing into Haywood County.

Haywood County[edit]

SR 87 continues to wind its way through farmland before entering Brownsville and coming to an end at an intersection with SR 19.

Major Intersections[edit]

LauderdaleFulton0.00.0Dead end at Mississippi RiverWestern terminus
SR 207 north (Park Road) – Fort Pillow State ParkSouthern terminus of SR 207
Cherry SR 371 eastWestern terminus of SR 371; former SR 87A
SR 371 westEastern terminus of SR 371; former SR 87A
Henning US 51 (Jefferson Davis Highway/SR 3) – Covington, Ripley
SR 209 north (N Main Street) – RipleyWestern end of SR 209 concurrency; former US 51
SR 209 south (S Main Street)Eastern end of SR 209 concurrency; former US 51
HaywoodBrownsville39.1863.05 SR 19 (Haralson Street) to I-40 – Ripley, Nutbush, DowntownEastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Counties traversed (West to East)[edit]

SR 87 traverses the following counties shown in the table below.

Counties traversed by State Route 87
County miles
Lauderdale 28.44
Haywood 10.74

Points of interest (South to North)[edit]