This summer we went to Chattanooga as a part of our volunteer vacations. After spending the night in Chattanooga, we set three goals for the day: collect some Tennessee counties that neither of us have been to, go up and see Lookout Mountain, and drive up and hike around Cumberland Gap. Unfortunately, the weather in Chattanooga that morning comprised of low clouds, mist, and occasional showers, so we had to pull the plug on Lookout Mountain.
Once we were done hiking, we made brief stops in Middlesboro (for ice cream) and Cumberland Gap, TN (to tool around and take a few photos) before getting back on the road…heading southeast on US 25E. A lot of work has gone (and is still going) into upgrading US 25E into a 4-lane road leading up to Cumberland Gap. It’ll be a good corridor once finished. Ran into a signage problem, though: in Tazewell (TN, not VA), US 25E has an intersection with TN 345, then rounds a bend and immediately turns left at the junction with TN 33. There was no indication that US 25E turns left here until you were at the intersection itself. I missed the turn and wound up having to backtrack.