Alabama State Route 65

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State Route 65

AL 65 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by ALDOT
Length27.540 mi[1] (44.321 km)
Major junctions
South end US 72 in Paint Rock
Major intersections SR 146 in Swaim
North end SR 97 at the Tennessee state line north of Francisco
CountryUnited States
Highway system
  • Alabama State Highway System
I-65 SR 66

State Route 65 (SR 65) is a 27.540-mile-long (44.321 km) state highway in western Jackson County, in the U.S. state of Alabama. The southern terminus of the highway is at an intersection with U.S. Route 72 (US 72) at Paint Rock. The northern terminus of the highway is at the Tennessee state line, north of Francisco. North of the state line, the highway continues as Tennessee State Route 97 (SR 97).

Route description

SR 65 and Tennessee State Route 97 serve as a connecting route between US 72 in northern Alabama and US 64 in Franklin County, Tennessee. From SR 65’s southern terminus, the highway is aligned along a two-lane road with numerous curves as it travels through the mountainous regions of northeastern Alabama and southern Tennessee. North of Paint Rock, SR 65 travels through the unincorporated communities of Garth, Trenton, Hollytree, Princeton, Swaim, and Francisco, before it crosses into Tennessee. The route is notable because it travels through the entire length of the Paint Rock valley, a scenic valley in the Cumberland Plateau. This highway is also known as the Curly Putman Highway, named after the songwriter who lived in the northern portion of the valley.

Major intersections

The entire route is in Jackson County.

0.0000.000 US 72 (SR 2) – Huntsville, Gurley, Paint Rock, ScottsboroSouthern terminus
SR 146 east – Estillfork
Western terminus of SR 146
SR 97 north – Huntland
Tennessee state line; northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b Alabama Department of Transportation. "Milepost Maps". Archived from the original on July 27, 2011. Retrieved April 9, 2011.