Rogersville to Sneedville via TN-66 then back to Rogersville via VA-70/TN-70

When you are ready to tackle a challenging fun curvy twisty road, try TN-66 from Rogersville to Sneedville, TN.  It is more challenging riding it from Rogersville to Sneedville, and if you don’t want to ride the entire posted route detailed below, you can just turn around at Sneedville and head back on TN-66.  For some reason, riding TN-66 back to Rogersville from Sneedville is easier.  A good place to take a break is at the Clinch River Market gas station close to the stop sign on TN-66 in Sneedville.

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Clinch River Market gas station for a break.

Alternately, if you want extra miles, once you get to the stop sign on TN-66 in Sneedville, head straight onto TN-31 and ride it to US-11W.  Turn around at the gas station on your right once you get to US-11W and go back to Sneedville.  TN-31 is not described in the detailed route shown below, but this road, with nice curves in many sections, is easy to find and if you do ride it, it will add about 20-25 miles to your ride depending on where you turn around.

Before you get to Sneedville via TN-66, you will ride TN-347 to Rogersville, TN.  Alternately, you can take US-321 heading west from Johnson City and go through Greenville, TN.  After ~30 mi, turn right onto TN-70 N.  This section of TN-70 N has some fun curves, but beware of the sharpest 15 mph right hand.  It has a HUGE pothole on the inside.  Mike slipped in it when he took the turn.  If you come in on TN-70 N, take a right at the stoplight by the McDonald’s then a left at the next stop sign.  Then a right turn will put you on Main St. in Rogersville.   O’Henry’s is a really good restaurant for lunch in Rogersville and its location is described in the route directions.  After lunch or if you do drive straight through, no lunch, you will continue straight (or head west) and turn right onto Sneedville Pike Rd at the TO GO Mart.  The road, Sneedville Pike, is not marked so look for the mart and turn at that intersection (as shown in the picture below).

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Turn right at road just after the TO GO Mart to get onto Sneedville Pike Rd. Then take the 1st left turn and ride a few 100 ft to stop sign. Then turn right and you are on TN-66.

 

The other roads described in this route are also challenging (TN-63 from Sneedville) and fun (VA-70/TN-70).  TN-63, starting in Sneedville, was under construction when we rode it in July 2017.  TN-63 therefore had lots of gravel and wasn’t too much fun for us sportbikers.  So I am including additional riding routes that bypasses TN-63 but that will get you onto the Very Sweet VA-70/ TN-70.  VA-70 starts in Jonesville, VA if heading south. VA- 70 has just been repaved and it is a totally fun awesome ride.   There is one crazy deceptive curve you should be aware of.  I call it crazy because you will have a strong desire to go straight and not take the curve.  When riding south (back to Rogersville) once you encounter the first left hand curve marked with arrows, the crazy curve will be coming up soon.  It is the first sharp right curve.  See the pictures below to help you navigate this curve on VA-70 south.

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Hints for finding Crazy curve on VA-70 south – part 1
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Hints for riding VA-70 south Crazy Curve. Go Right! Not Straight!

If you are coming from the riding route (Route 1) that includes TN-63, once in Jonesville, you will turn right at the stoplight with a right turn sign for US-58 East.  See the picture below for more detail.

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when you see the sign for US-58 EAST, turn right at the next stoplight.

Once you are back to Rogersville after riding the extraordinarily fun VA-70/TN-70, you will be glad to take a break by riding good old straight US-11W east (described in Route 1).  US-11W east heads back to I-26 and the Johnson City area.  Alternately, you could stay on TN-70 (described in Routes 2 and 3) that will take you past Greenville, TN.

Just so you are not too confused, there are 3 routes described in this post:

  1. The first three maps illustrate Route 1 taking you through Rogersville, then onto Sneedville via TN-66, then onto TN-63 and back roads to US-58.  Then in Jonesville, you get onto VA-70/TN-70 back to Rogersville and then back to Johnson City via US-11W.
  2. The fourth map describes Route 2.  Route 2 starts at TN-66 in Rogersville.  You can use Route 1 to figure out how to get to Rogersville (or just start in Greenville, TN on TN-70 N).  The route takes you to Sneedville via TN-66 then you bypass TN-63 by getting onto TN-33 that takes you to Kyles Ford at the intersection of TN-33 and TN-70.  You will then take a left onto TN-70 and ride it (plus VA-70) to Jonesville where you turn around and head back on VA-70/TN-70.  It will also give you an alternate route for getting back to Johnson City by staying on TN-70 all the way to Greenville.
  3. The fifth, sixth and seventh map describes Route 3.  Route 3 also starts at TN-66 in Rogersville but you will only ride it for 9 miles.  Don’t worry, this 9 mi is the best part of TN-66.  Then turn right onto TN-94 which will also take you to TN-70. You will then take a left onto TN-70 and ride it (plus VA-70) to Jonesville where you turn around and head back on VA-70/TN-70.  Route 3 also describes the alternate route for getting back to Johnson City by staying on TN-70 all the way to Greenville.

You now have a bunch of options for riding in this area between TN and VA.  I bet you will be happy if you try at least one option!  We went back a few days ago (July 2017) and rode Route 3 that includes TN-70/VA-70 north and south; it was so much fun.

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Compromise Church on TN-70 established in 1863

Note that the Route 1 map has been divided into three sections in order to show more detail of the roads.  The Section 1 map is the start and finish of the route.  The Section 2 map shows the roads that will get you to Rogersville via TN-347 and back to Johnson City from Rogersville via US-11W.  The Section 3 map will show you the route for TN-66, TN-63, and VA-70/TN-70.

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Getting to Rogersville and back, Map 1 for Route 1
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Details of getting to Rogersville and coming back through Rogersville after riding TN-70.
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Route 1 for TN-66, TN-63, and Va-70/TN-70

Route 1.  Detailed Route Description To Rogersville then TN-66 to Sneedville then TN-63 to US-58 and VA-70/TN-70

From I-26 W, Exit on Exit 13 for TN-75/Bobby Hicks Hwy/ Suncrest Dr  Go 0.2 mi to stoplight

Left onto TN-75 S  Go 7.8 mi to stop sign

Right onto TN-81 N  Go 5.4 mi

Straight onto TN-93 N  Go 4.9 mi passing under  I-81 overpass

Left onto Murrell Rd  Go 2.1 mi to stop sign

Left onto TN-347 W/ Lone Star Rd  Go 3.3 mi

Left at fork to stay on TN-347 W   Go 11.9  mi to stop sign

Straight to stay on TN-347  Go 9.1 mi to stop sign in Rogersville.

Straight at stop sign onto Main St.  Go 1.0 mi to O’Henry’s Restaurant on right.

Park in parallel parking on Main St or turn right at next stoplight and park in back in parking lot behind buildings.

After lunch continue west on E Main St  Go 0.9 mi

Right onto Sneedville Pike at To Go Mart  Go ~500 ft

1st Left (unnamed road) toward TN-66   Go ~100 ft to stop sign.

Right onto TN-66 N/Trail of the Lonesome Pine  Go 23.7 mi to stop sign in Sneedville.

(Caution TN-66 between Rogersville and Sneedville is very twisty with many very sharp curves)

Right onto TN-31 N/ TN-66 N  Go 0.1 mi

1st Left onto TN-33 S Go ~150 ft to Clinch River Market Gas station on left.(Good stopping point for gas, bathroom, drinks)

From gas station, right/east onto TN-33 N  Go 150 ft to stop sign.

Left to stay on TN-33 N  Go 1.1 mi into Sneedville.

At 2nd stoplight, Left onto College St/ TN-63  Go 5.2 mi to stop sign

Right onto Brown Town Rd/ Mulberry Rd/ Mulberry Gap Rd  Go 2.1 mi.

Continue straight onto Flanary Bridge Rd as you enter VA  Go 6.9 mi to stop/yield sign

Right onto US-58 E  Go 5.2 mi into Jonesville (gas station with Subway on your right in Jonesville)

Right at stoplight onto US-58 E  Go 0.6 mi

Road will curve to the left then Right onto VA-70 S/Trail of the Lonesome Pine Rd.  Go 11.9 mi.

Straight on TN-70 S  Go 2.6 mi to Kyles Ford.  River Place on the Clinch (in Kyles Ford) on your right sells snacks and drinks.

Continue on TN-70 S for 16.6 more mi.

Straight onto TN-347 E in Rogersville.  Go 0.2 mi

Left onto E Main St (See sign for US-11W N)  Go 0.3 mi to stop sign.

At next stop sign in a few 100 ft, turn left.  Look for sign fo US-11W N.

Right to merge onto US-11W N.  Go 24.8 mi.

Get in right lane to enter I-26 E entrance ramp.  Go 0.3 mi

Merge onto I-26 E  Go 12.5 mi

Exit on Exit 13 for Bobby Hicks Hwy/ TN-75 N  Go ~0.2 mi

Right at light to head east towards airport on TN-75.

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Route 2 – Rogersville to Sneedville via TN-66 then to TN-70 via TN-33.

Route 2

Alternate route from Clinch River Market in Sneedville, TN – 119 mi (195 mi total)

At stop sign near Clinch River Market, (from TN-33 N) go straight across onto Jimmie Roberts Rd/ River Rd  Go 4.8 mi

Right onto TN-33 N  Go 6.1 mi to stop sign in Kyles Ford

Left onto TN-70 N  Go 2.6 mi

Straight onto VA-70 N/ Trail of the Lonesome Pine Rd  Go 11.9 mi to stop sign

Left onto Wilderness Rd in Jonesville  Go 33 ft; Lees Food Mart will be on your right .

Turn around at Lee’s Food Mart going 33 ft on Wilderness Rd.

Right onto VA-70 S/ Trail of the Lonesome Pine Rd  Go 16.6 mi entering TN

Straight onto TN-70 S.  Go 14.4 mi to stop sign

Right to merge onto US-11W S.  Go 2.7 mi

(or follow signs for US-11 W N to head directly back to Kingsport, TN as described in Route 1)

Exit onto TN-66/ Route 70 exit.  Go 0.1 mi.

Left onto TN-66 S/ TN-70 S  Go 3.8 mi

Left onto TN-70 S (TN-70 turn is after high school).  Go 22.1 mi to stop sign near Greenville, TN.

Left onto US-11E N  Go 1.8 mi

Left onto TN-93 N  Go 19.3 mi to stop sign.

Right onto TN-81 S  Go 5.4 mi

Left onto TN-75 N   Go 7.6 mi to I-26 Exit 13.

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Route 3_ Map 1 showing TN-94 to TN-70
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Route 3 – Map 2 – Showing TN-70 south of Rogersville
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Route 3 – Map 3 – Showing TN-93 and TN-81 back to I-26 Exit 13

Route 3

Alternate route missing most of TN-66 and adding TN-94 and TN-70

North on TN-66 N  Go 9.0 mi

Right onto TN-94 E  Go 7.1 mi

Left onto TN-70 N  Go 13.9 mi entering VA

Straight onto VA-70 N/ Trail of the Lonesome Pine Rd  Go 11.9 mi

Left onto Wilderness Rd in Jonesville  Go 33 ft; Lees Food Mart will be on your right .

Turn around at Lee’s Food Mart going 33 ft on Wilderness Rd.

Right onto VA-70 S/ Trail of the Lonesome Pine Rd  Go 16.6 mi entering TN

Straight onto TN-70 S.  Go 14.4 mi to stop sign

Right to merge onto US-11W S.  Go 2.7 mi

(or follow signs for US-11 W N to head directly back to Kingsport, TN)

Exit onto TN-66/ Route 70 exit.  Go 0.1 mi.

Left onto TN-66 S/ TN-70 S  Go 3.8 mi

Left onto TN-70 S (TN-70 turn is after high school).  Go 22.1 mi to stop sign near Greenville, TN.

Left onto US-11E N  Go 1.8 mi

Left onto TN-93 N  Go 19.3 mi to stop sign.

Right onto TN-81 S  Go 5.4 mi

Left onto TN-75 N   Go 7.6 mi to I-26 Exit 13.

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