View along Walton Road
                          Scenic Byway

(right click to download)

Project Overview (PDF)
Byway Route Map (PDF)

Advisory Comm.  Meeting #1
Presentation (view presentation online
Meeting Summary (PDF

Public Byway Planning Workshop #1 (April 2012)
 - meeting handout (PDF
 - Presentation (view online
 - meeting summaries (PDF)

Advisory Comm. Meeting #2
June 5, 2012
- meeting handouts (MAP coming soon and Table)
- meeting summary (PDF)
- Presentation (view online)

Advisory Comm. Meeting #3
August 7-8, 2012
- Presentation
    Carthage 8-7-12 (PDF)-
    Kingston 8-8-12 (PDF)-

Advisory Comm. Meeting #4
November 14, 2012 -
- Marketing Presentation - (PDF)
- meeting handouts (PDF)

Appendix One (Maps): New 3-7-13
Map 1 Context (PDF) - 4 mb
Map 2 Scenic (PDF) - 3 mb
Map 3a Historic Sites (PDF)-10 mb
Map 3b Road Traces (PDF)-4mb
Map 4 Recreation (PDF)-1mb
Map 5 Natural Resources (PDF)-1mb

For more information about the Walton Road see:

Thank you to everyone that contributed to the Walton Road Corridor Management Plan.  The byway advisory committee approved the draft plan with changes agreed to at the meeting  (see changes here PDF).  One of the important changes was to agree to refer to the route as an "historic byway" which is more appropriate way to refer to the significance of this early pioneer travel route. 

The Walton Road Corridor Management Plan is based on the input provided by  the project advisory committee over a year long planning process including five committee meetings and several public meetings (see file cabinet at left).  The final plan files can be downloaded from the links below.

Executive Summary (PDF)
Posted 3-8-13
 Final Corridor Management Plan (big file - 20mb) PDF
Updated 3-8-13

Smaller Chapter Files  
Coming soon!
  • Front Matter and Chapter 1 (Cover and Introduction)
  • Chapter 2 (The Walton Road)
  • Chapter 3 (Existing Visitor Services)
  • Chapter 4 and 5 (Management and Implementation)
Appendices (big file - 18mb) PDF  Updated 3-7-13

As one of the earliest wagon roads over the rugged Cumberland Plateau the Walton Road tells an important story of frontier settlement and the challenges of migration across the wilderness.

The Walton Road, opened in 1801 and named after its builder, Revolutionary War veteran, Captain William Walton, is one of the most historic pioneer roads in Tennessee. Linking Fort Southwest Point at the confluence of the Clinch and Tennessee Rivers near present-day Kingston in Roane County, with the Middle and Upper Cumberland settlements of
Nashville and points east, the Walton Road crossed the Cumberland Plateau to the confluence of the Caney Fork and Cumberland Rivers near present-day Carthage, Smith County.

Walton Road essentially followed the path of the old Indian trail, the Cumberland Trace, or Tollunteeskee’s Trail, named after a Cherokee chief whose village was near the site of modern Rockwood. The route of the Walton Road has been used for millennia, and parts of it are now incorporated into U.S. Highway 70, and Interstate 40, but sections of the original road can still be seen in isolated areas of the Cumberland Plateau and Eastern Highland Rim.

The Walton Road Historic Byway project is part of a regional, ongoing effort to preserve, promote, and protect the cultural and natural resources of the Upper Cumberland and Cumberland Plateau region, and to develop the area as an eco and heritage tourism destination. The counties involved in the project are Cumberland, Putnam, Roane, and Smith.

The purpose of this web page is to provide easy access to resources, presentations, meeting notes, draft and final reports utilized in the conduct of the study.

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