U.S. Route 127 in Tennessee

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U.S. Route 127

US 127 highlighted in red
Route information
Auxiliary route of US 27
Maintained by TDOT
Length129.5 mi[1] (208.4 km)
Major junctions
South end US 27 in Red Bank
Major intersections
North end US 127 at Static
CountryUnited States
CountiesHamilton, Sequatchie, Bledsoe, Cumberland, Fentress, Pickett
Highway system
SR 126 SR 127

U.S. Route 127 (US 127) in Tennessee is a 129.5-mile-long (208.4 km) United States Numbered Highway from Chattanooga to the Kentucky state line at Static. The highways connects through Dunlap, Pikeville, Crossville, and Jamestown. Throughout its length, US 127 straddles the line between East Tennessee and Middle Tennessee.

Route description

Hamilton County

US 127 begins in Red Bank at an interchange between US 27 (SR 27/SR 29) and SR 8 (Dayton Boulevard), with US 127 heading northwest, along with SR 8 and SR 27 as its hidden, or secret, companions to pass through the northern portion of Chattanooga as a six-lane undivided highway known as Signal Mountain Road. The highway passes through industrial areas for a couple of miles, where SR 27 splits off along Suck Creek Road, before leaving the Chattanooga city limits and ascending onto the Cumberland Plateau as a two-lane highway. US 127/SR 8 passes through the towns of Signal Mountain, Walden, and Fairmount before entering Sequatchie County.

Sequatchie County

Businesses along Rankin Avenue (US 127/SR 8/SR 28) in downtown Dunlap, Tennessee

US 127/SR 8 passes through the Lone Oak community before descending into the Sequatchie Valley and passing through farmland. The highway passes through Center Point, where it meets SR 283 and crosses the Sequatchie River, to enter Dunlap and has a Y-intersection with SR 28, with that designation joining US 127 for its remainder in the state. US 127/SR 8/SR 28 passes northeast directly through downtown along Rankin Avenue to have an interchange with SR 111 after passing through some neighborhoods. Here SR 8 becomes signed and splits off along SR 111 north while US 127/SR 28 leaves Dunlap to head through rural farmland for the next several miles to cross into Bledsoe County.

From Dunlap northward, US 127 parallels the Sequatchie River.

Bledsoe County

US 127 and SR 28 near Lees Station

The highway now passes through Palio, Lusk, and Lees Station before entering Pikeville at an intersection with SR 30. They then run concurrently to bypass downtown before splitting off to the west; US 127/SR 28 continues north through farmland to pass through Cold Spring and Melvine before pulling away from the Sequatchie River and ascending back onto the Cumberland Plateau and entering Cumberland County.

Cumberland County

View along Main Street (US 127/SR 28) in Crossville, Tennessee, at its intersection with Lantana Road (US 70/SR 1/SR 101)

US 127/SR 28 immediately has an intersection with Vandever Road, which is a connector to SR 282 and Lake Tansi Village. The highways then goes through more farmland before passing by Cumberland Mountain State Park and an intersection with SR 419. The highway now passes through Cumberland Homesteads, where it has a Y-intersection with SR 68, and US 127/SR 28 turns northeast to enter Crossville. US 127/SR 28 intersects SR 392 (a beltway around downtown) before entering downtown and an intersection with US 70/SR 1/SR 101. It then passes through downtown before widening to four lanes and junctioning with SR 298. US 127/SR 28 then has an intersection with US 70N/SR 24 before going through Crossville's main business district and crossing the Obed River and coming to an interchange with I-40 (exit 317). US 127/SR 28 then leaves Crossville, narrowing to two lanes, and continuing north through more farmland. It then crosses into Fentress County via a couple of sharp switchbacks, in order to negotiate a bridge over Clear Creek.

Fentress County

The intersection of US127 and SR 62 in Clarkrange

US 127/SR 28 then goes through more farmland before entering Clarkrange to an intersection with SR 62. US 127/SR 28 then passes through Clarkrange before an intersection with SR 85 and entering Grimsley. It then passes through Grimsley before widening to four lanes to pass by Jamestown Municipal Airport and intersect SR 296 west of Allardt. It then enters Jamestown and bypasses downtown, beginning with the intersection with Main Street (Old US 127/SR 28) to the east and an interchange with SR 52 before another with SR 154. The highway then leaves Jamestown, at the other end of Main Street (Old US 127/SR 28), and continues north and narrowing to two lanes, winding its way through rural and hilly terrain for several miles. It then passes through Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park and Pall Mall, where the highway crosses the Wolf River, before passing through Forbus and having an intersection with Caney Creek Road (connector to Kentucky Route 200). The highway crosses into Pickett County shortly thereafter.

Pickett County

The highway winds it way through rural areas for several miles to intersect with SR 325, and then SR 295, before passing through Chanute and entering Static, intersecting both Kentucky Route 1076 and SR 111 immediately before crossing the state line into Kentucky; SR 28 ends there and US 127 continues into Kentucky towards the town of Albany.[2]


The former alignment of US 127 (Main Street) at SR 52 in downtown Jamestown

US 127's current alignment was signed solely as SR 28 until the US 127 corridor's southern terminus was relocated to Chattanooga when the US route was extended south from Cincinnati, Ohio. From 1958 until the 2010s, US 127’s southern terminus was originally located in downtown Chattanooga, where it intersected US 41 during that route’s concurrency with US 76.

In 1987, the entire alignment of US 127 in Tennessee and Kentucky became the main route for the first annual 127 Corridor Sale. The yard sale route has since extended into other areas along US 127 into Ohio, as well as varied state highways in southern Hamilton County, and into northwest Georgia and northeast Alabama. The tradition continues until this day, and this year's yard sale will be the 43rd annual one.[3]

Junction list

HamiltonRed Bank0.00.0
US 27 (SR 27 east/SR 29) / SR 8 south (Signal Mountain Road) – Chattanooga, Dayton
Southern terminus; interchange; southern end of unsigned SR 8/SR 27 concurrency
Signal Mountain1.52.4
SR 27 west (Suck Creek Road) – Powells Crossroads
Northern end of unsigned SR 27 concurency
SequatchieCenter Point21.935.2
SR 283 south (E Valley Road) – Powells Crossroads
Northern terminus of SR 283
Bridge over the Sequatchie River
SR 28 south – Whitwell, Jasper
Southern end of unsigned SR 28 concurrency

SR 8 north / SR 111 – Cookeville, Chattanooga
Interchange; northern end of unsigned SR 8 concurrency
SR 30 east – Dayton
Southern end of SR 30 concurrency
44.872.1Main Street - DowntownOld US 127/SR 28 through downtown
46.374.5Main Street - DowntownOld US 127/SR 28/SR 30 through downtown
SR 30 west – Spencer, Fall Creek Falls State Park
Northern end of SR 30 concurrency
Cumberland62.5100.6Vandever Road to SR 282 – Lake Tansi VillageConnector to SR 282 and Lake Tansi Village
Cumberland Homesteads68.9–

SR 419 north (Pigeon Ridge Road) – Cumberland Mountain State Park
Southern terminus of SR 419

SR 68 south – Spring City
Northern terminus of SR 68
Crossville72.1116.0 SR 392 (Miller Avenue)Beltway around downtown Crossville
73.1117.6 US 70 / SR 101 (Lantana Road/SR 1) – Sparta, Lake Tansi Village, Fairfield Glade, Crab Orchard

SR 298 north (Genesis Road) to I-40
Southern terminus of SR 298
SR 392 south (Miller Avenue)
Northern terminus of SR 392; beltway around downtown Crossville
US 70N west (Elmore Road/SR 24 west) – Monterey
Eastern terminus of US 70N and unsigned SR 24
75.3121.2Bridge over the Little Obed River
SR 462 south (Northside Drive/Interstate Drive)
Northwest Connector; roadway exists but state designation does not yet
Seward C. Bishop Memorial Bridge over the Obed River
I-40 – Knoxville, NashvilleI-40 Exit 317
county line
D.O. Beaty Bridge over Clear Creek
FentressClarkrange90.8146.1 SR 62 (Clarkrange Highway/Deer Lodge Highway) – Monterey, Wartburg
SR 85 west (Wilder Road) – Livingston
Eastern terminus of SR 85
103.3166.2 Airport Road - Jamestown Municipal Airport
SR 296 east (Taylor Place Road) – Allardt
Western terminus of SR 296
Jamestown106.2170.9Old US 127 (South Main Street)
SR 52 (East Central Avenue/Allardt Highway) – Jamestown, Allardt, RugbyInterchange
SR 154 (Pickett Parks Highway) – Jamestown, Pickett State Park, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Monticello, KYInterchange
111.9180.1Old US 127 (North York Highway, North Main Street)
Pall Mall / Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park118.4190.5WW1 Centennial Bridge over the Wolf River
Forbus122.3196.8Caney Creek Road to KY 200 – MonticelloCaney Creek Road becomes KY 200 at the state line
SR 325 west (Red Hill Road) – Byrdstown
Eastern terminus of SR 325
SR 295 west (Parker Road) – Byrdstown
Eastern terminus of SR 295
KY 1076 north
Intersection right on the state line; southern terminus of KY 1076
SR 111 south – Livingston, Byrdstown

US 127 north – Albany, Jamestown
Northern terminus of SR 111 on the state line; US 127 continues north into Kentucky; northern terminus of unsigned SR 28
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ Google (December 20, 2018). "Overview Map of US 127 in Tennessee" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved December 20, 2018.
  2. ^ Tennessee Department of Transportation (2015). Official Tennessee Highway Map (Map). Nashville: Tennessee Department of Transportation.[full citation needed]
  3. ^ "World's Longest Yard Sale Starts Thursday". Knoxville, Tennessee: WVLT-TV. August 6, 2015. Retrieved March 18, 2020.

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