General Information

Railroads: Interstate roads are as follows: Alabama Great Southern R.R. (AGS), Clinchfield R.R. (Clinchfield), Central of Georgia Ry. (C. of Ga.), Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Ry. (Rock Island), Illinois Central R.R. (IC), Gulf, Mobile & Northern R.R. (GM&N), Louisville & Nashville R.R. (L&N), Mobile & Ohio R.R. (M&O), Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Ry. (NC&ST.L), Southern Ry. (S.Ry.), Tennessee Central Ry. (TC), Missouri Pacific R.R. (MP), St. Louis-San Francisco Ry. (Frisco), St. Louis-Southwestern Ry. (Cottonbelt).

Highways: Total mileage: 69,713; all kinds of paved roads: 2,294; treated gravel: 1,782. State has a highway patrol. Gasoline tax 7.

Bus Lines: Interstate bus lines: Airline Motor Coaches, Arkansas Motor Coaches, Atlantic Greyhound Lines, Bowling Green-Hopkinsville Bus Co., Capitol Motor Lines, Carolina Coach Co., Consolidated Coach Lines, Crescent Stages, Crown Coach Co., Dixie Greyhound Lines, Eastern Michigan Motorbusses, Eastern Tennessee & Western North Carolina Motor Transportation Co., Fuqua Bus Lines, Greyhound Lines, Rufkin-Beaumont Bus Line, McKee Bus Lines, Missouri-Arkansas Coach Lines, Missouri Pacific Trailways Mooney Port Arthur Bus Line, National Trailways System, Ohio Bus Line Co., Queen City Coach Co., Red Ball Bus Co., Short Way Lines, Southeastern Greyhound Lines, Southern Limited, Tennessee Coach Co., Tri-State Transit Co., Washington Motor Coach System.

Local Bus Routes: Cason-Miller Bus Co., Central Bus Lines, Cherokee Motor Coach Co., Consolidated Bus Lines, Gibbs Bus Line, Lewisburg Bus Lines, Ray Bus Lines, Smoky Mountains Stages, Washington County Bus Line.

Air Lines: American Airlines (Boston to Los Angeles) stop at Nashville and Memphis; American Airlines (Nashville to Washington) stop at Knoxville and Bristol. Eastern Air Lines (Chicago to Miami) stop at Nashville and Chattanooga. Chicago and Southern Air Lines (Chicago to New Orleans) stop at Memphis.

Waterways: No regular scheduled passenger transportation service in the State. There are, however, occasional excursions on the Cumberland, the Tennessee, and the Mississippi.

Motor Vehicle Laws (digest): No maximum speed. No licenses required for visitors for 30 days; minimum age for drivers, 16 years. Hand signals must be used. Personal injury or property damage should be reported to highway patrol immediately, and drivers must stop and render all possible assistance.

Prohibited: Spotlights, parking on highways, passing streetcars on L. (in cities or towns); drivers must come to full stop while streetcars are loading or unloading passengers, unless at safety zones. Cars and semi-trailers must not be more than 35 ft. in length.

Accommodations: First class hotel accommodations in cities. Tourist camps are plentiful near urban centers, scarcer in rural sections. Urban sections of East Tennessee well supplied with tourist accommodations, both camps and resort hotels. Some places open all year; others for tourist season only.

Climate and Equipment: State as a whole has cool spring and very warm summer; cold weather from November until March. Winter temperature for brief periods drops to zero. Tourists passing through Tennessee en route to far South should have a heavy coat. Because of favorable spring and fall temperature throughout southern highland region, vacation season is much longer than in most other recreation regions of United States.

Drinking Water: Although water from open springs and wells has been declared impure by State health department, it is used by local people without ill effects.


(Projects now [1939] in the process of development are marked with an asterisk.)

National Parks: Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, near Chattanooga ; Fort Donelson National Military Park, near Dover; Shiloh National Military Park, near Stantonville; Stones River National Military Park, near Murfreesboro; Great Smoky Mountains National Park, near Knoxville.

State Parks: Chickasaw State Park, near Henderson; Cove Lake State Park, near Caryville; Grundy Forest State Park, near Tracy City; Cedars of Lebanon State Park, near Lebanon; Natchez Trace State Park, near Lexington; Pickett State Park & Forest, near Jamestown; Standing Stone State Park, near Livingston.

State Forests: *Bledsoe State Forest, near Pikeville; *Lewis State Forest, near Hohenwald; *Marion-Franklin State Forest, near Sewanee; *Morgan State Forest, near Wartburg; *Stewart State Forest, near Dover.

State Game Preserves: Buffalo Springs Game Farm, near Rutledge; *Headdon Lakes Game Preserve, near Tracy City; Reelfoot Lake Garne Preserve, near Tiptonville.

Recreational Demonstration Areas: Fall Creek Falls Recreational Demonstration Area, near Pikeville; Montgomery Bell Recreational Demonstration Area, near Dickson; Shelby Forest Recreational Demonstration Area, near Memphis.

Farm Security Administration Area: Cumberland Homesteads Park, near Crossville.

TVA Parks: Big Ridge Park, near Knoxville (see Sports and Recreation); Norris Park, near Norris; Pickwick Dam Reservation, near Pickwick.

Fish and Game Laws (digest): Trout (Brook, Brown, Rainbow) - open season May 1 to July 4, September 1 to October 15, 7 inches. Creel limit 10 per day. Black Bass (Largemouth, Smallmouth and Spotted, or Kentucky Bass) - June 1 to February 28, 11 inches. Creel limit 8 per day. Walleyed Pike (Pike perch - Jack Salmon) - June 1 to February 28, 15 inches. Creel limit 5 per day. Muskellunge (Silver Jack) - June 1 to February 28, 20 inches. Creel limit 5 per day. Yellow Bass and White Bass - all year, 10 inches. Creel limit 20 per day. Crappie - all year, 8 inches. Creel limit 20 per day. Rock Bass and Warmouth Bass (Black Perch and Goggle Eye) - all year, any size. Creel limit 20 per day. Sunfish and Bluegills (Bream, Sun perch, etc.) - all year, any size. Creel limit 25 per day. Catfish, Buffalo and Drum - all year, 15 inches. No limit. Sturgeon and Spoonbill - all year, 30 inches. No limit. Bullheads, Gar, Grinnel, Suckers, Mullet, Red Horse, Black Horse, Carp, Goldfish, Shad, Herring, Eels, no closed season, no size limit, no creel limit. Mosquito Fish (Gambusia) no open season.

Exceptions: No closed season on Reelfoot Lake or on private lakes. Resident Fishing licenses, $1.00, Hunting and Fishing, $2.00, non-resident fishing, seven day trip, $1.00, annual $3.00. Women not exempt from license. Children under 16 exempt. (Get local regulations.)

Open Season for Hunting: Quail and grouse, November 25 to January 25, both dates inclusive. Bag limit on quail 12 per day, on grouse 4 per day. Wild turkey, November 1 to January 1, inclusive. Bag limit 3 a season Waterfowl, coots, gallinules, Wilson snipe or jacksnipe, November 1 to January 31. Bag limit 15 per day. (Subject to Federal Regulation.) Doves black-breasted and golden plover, greater and lesser yellowlegs, September 1 to December 15 Bag limit 15 per day. (Subject to Federal Regulation.) Male deer, December 1 to December 15, inclusive. Bag limit 1 per season. Raccoons, muskrats, minks, skunks, opossums, otters, weasels and gray foxes, November 1 to February 1, inclusive. No bag limit. Squirrels, June to January, inclusive. Bag limit 10 per day. Rabbits, November 25 to January 25, inclusive. No bag limit

Liquor Regulations: Package sales legal on county option. Beers and light wines legal.

Prohibited: Digging in archeological sites, picking wild flowers, chopping trees in State and National Park areas; also prohibited on private property without permission from the owner.

Poisonous Plants, Reptiles, and Insects: Poison ivy found throughout Cumberland and Appalachian Mts.; some species will kill cattle. Poisonous species of mushrooms found in damp low sections of West Tennessee and along streams in other sections of the State. Mosquitoes in all sections where there is standing water. Black widow spiders few, but found in all sections. Rattlesnakes in all rocky and wooded sections. Copperheads mostly in the lowland woods; few on mountains. Cottonmouth moccasins in large rivers, but scarce.