Road Information

Interstate 81 in Tennessee Total Mileage in State: 75 miles
Northern End: At Virginia state line
Southern End: At I-40, near Dandridge
Mileage covered in Photos: 75 miles
Counties covered in Photos: Sullivan, Washington, Greene, Hamblen, Jefferson
Major Junctions in Photos: I-26, near Kingsport
I-40, near Dandridge
Control Cities in Photos: Bristol, Kingsport, Morristown, Dandridge

Southbound

   

Tennessee welcome sign as Interstate 81 South enters from Virginia.  (Photo taken 9/5/12).

Interstate 81 South at the Tennessee Welcome Center / Rest Area immediately after crossing the border.  (Photo taken 9/5/12).

Speed limit sign located near mile marker 75. The speed limit starts out at 65 mph for cars and 55 mph for trucks. Certain counties in Tennessee have these "environmental" speed limits.  (Photo taken 9/5/12).

Interstate 81 South at Exit 74B: US 11W South - Kingsport  (Photo taken 9/5/12).

Interstate 81 South at Exit 74A: US 11W North - W State St / Bristol  (Photo taken 9/5/12).

Interstate 81 South shield located near mile marker 73.5.  (Photo taken 9/5/12).

Mileage sign located near mile marker 73. It's 13 miles to the Tri-Cities Airport and 31 miles to Johnson City.  (Photo taken 9/5/12).

Use the next exit (Exit 69) to Bristol Motor Speedway.  (Photo taken 9/5/12).

Interstate 81 South at Exit 69: TN 394 - Blountville / Bristol  (Photo taken 9/5/12).

Interstate 81 South at Exit 66: TN 126 - Kingsport / Blountville  (Photo taken 9/5/12).

Use the next exit (Exit 63) to Northeast State Tech Community College.  (Photo taken 9/5/12).

Interstate 81 South at Exit 63: TN 357 - Tri-Cities Airport  (Photo taken 9/5/12).

Use Exit 59 to Warriors Path State Park.  (Photo taken 9/5/12).

Interstate 81 South at Exit 59: TN 36 - Kingsport / Johnson City  (Photo taken 9/5/12).

Use Exit 57B to Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium, and use Exit 57A to James H Quillen VA Medical Center.  (Photo taken 9/5/12).

Interstate 81 South approaching Exits 57A-B - 1 mile.  (Photo taken 9/5/12).

Use Exit 57A to Rocky Mount Historic Site and East Tennessee State University.  (Photo taken 9/5/12).

Also use Exit 57A to Gray Fossil Site & Museum.  (Photo taken 9/5/12).

Interstate 81 South at Exit 57B: Interstate 26 West / US 23 North - Kingsport  (Photo taken 9/5/12).

Interstate 81 South at Exit 57A: Interstate 26 East / US 23 South - Asheville / Johnson City  (Photo taken 9/5/12).

Interstate 81 South at Exit 56: Tri-Cities Crossing  (Photo taken 9/5/12).

Near mile marker 53, the speed limit increases to 70 mph for both cars and trucks as you enter Washington County.  (Photo taken 9/5/12).

Interstate 81 South at Exit 50: TN 93 - Jonesborough / Fall Branch  (Photo taken 9/5/12).

Mileage sign located near mile marker 49. It's 28 miles to Greeneville and 88 miles to Knoxville.  (Photo taken 9/5/12).

Interstate 81 South at Exit 44: Jearoldstown Rd  (Photo taken 9/5/12).

Interstate 81 South at the Rest Area located near mile marker 41.  (Photo taken 9/5/12).

Use Exit 36 to Home of President Andrew Johnson Historic Site and Tusculum College.  (Photo taken 9/5/12).

Interstate 81 South: Road view from mile marker 38.  (Photo taken 9/5/12).

Interstate 81 South at Exit 36: TN 172 - Baileyton / Greeneville  (Photo taken 9/5/12).

Interstate 81 South at Exit 30: TN 70 - Greeneville  (Photo taken 9/5/12).

Interstate 81 South: Road view from mile marker 28.  (Photo taken 9/5/12).

Use Exit 23 to Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park.  (Photo taken 9/5/12).

Also use Exit 23 to Historic Rogersville.  (Photo taken 9/5/12).

Interstate 81 South at Exit 23: US 11E - Mosheim / Greeneville / Bulls Gap  (Photo taken 9/5/12).

Interstate 81 South at the Weigh Station located near mile marker 21.  (Photo taken 9/5/12).

Interstate 81 South: Road view from mile marker 18.  (Photo taken 9/5/12).

Interstate 81 South at Exit 15: TN 340 - Fish Hatchery Rd  (Photo taken 9/5/12).

Use the next exit (Exit 12) to Crockett Tavern Historic Site.  (Photo taken 9/5/12).

Interstate 81 South at Exit 12: TN 160 - Lowland / Morristown  (Photo taken 9/5/12).

Warning sign for Exit 8, stating that trucks hauling HazMat Class 1 cargo (Explosives) are prohibited from using the tunnel on US 25E North. The tunnel is at the border of Kentucky.  (Photo taken 9/5/12).

A second warning sign about the tunnel. This one states that Hazard Classes 2 through 9, as well as vehicles over 8"6' wide are permitted to use the tunnel only under escort.  (Photo taken 9/5/12).

Use Exit 8 to Tennessee Technology Center at Morristown.  (Photo taken 9/5/12).

Also use Exit 8 to Walters State Community College, Expo Center, and Food Distribution Center.  (Photo taken 9/5/12).

Take Exit 8 to Cumberland Gap National Historic Park as well.  (Photo taken 9/5/12).

Interstate 81 South at Exit 8: US 25E - Morristown / Newport  (Photo taken 9/5/12).

Near mile marker 7, the speed limit decreases to 65 mph for cars and 55 mph for trucks once again as you enter Jefferson County, another county which uses the "environmental" speed limits.  (Photo taken 9/5/12).

Use Exit 4 to Panther Creek State Park.  (Photo taken 9/5/12).

Interstate 81 South at Exit 4: TN 341 - White Pine Rd  (Photo taken 9/5/12).

Interstate 81 South at the Rest Area located near mile marker 3.  (Photo taken 9/5/12).

Interstate 81 South approaching Exits 1A-B - 1 mile.  (Photo taken 9/5/12).

Interstate 81 South at Exit 1A: Interstate 40 East - Asheville; Exit 1B: Interstate 40 West - Knoxville. This point marks the southern terminus of Interstate 81.  (Photo taken 9/5/12).