Day 49: Traveling the “W Road” – Signal Mountain, TN

by Jeff

A picture is worth a thousand words when it comes to the “W Road”!

This just may be the most unusual stretch of road you will ever see. Traveled daily by residents traveling up and down Walden’s Ridge the road has it own set of rules known as the W Road etiquette.

Click here for a great aerial shot of the “W Road”.

Hold on to your hats, the top hairpin on the "W Road"

Hold on to your hats, the top hairpin on the "W Road"

This road, which carries traffic up the eastern side of Walden’s Ridge from Mountain Creek Road in Red Bank, is named for the three switchbacks that form the shape of a “W” at the top of the ridge. The “W Road” was begun in 1890 to replace the old “corduroy road” used by early settlers moving cattle up and down the mountain and by both armies during the Civil War.

This pic shows a bit of the elevation of the hairpins

This pic shows a bit of the elevation of the hairpins

Initially there was a tollgate located at the top of the “W Road that was later moved to the home of James Conner, who continued to operate it until the 1880′s.

Fair warning at the top of the "W Road"

Fair warning at the top of the "W Road"

Next time you plan to visit Signal Mountain for the Pumpkin Patch or to hike around Signal Point, consider traveling the “W Road”! Don’t have plans to visit, make the drive anyway!

Click here for a great aerial shot of the W Road.

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maureen July 30, 2012 at 6:59 pm

I drove this road many times in the course of a week back in 1977 when I visited an Army colleague.

maureen July 30, 2012 at 7:00 pm

I drove this in 1978.

maureen July 30, 2012 at 7:04 pm

I drove this in 1978. Best week vacation ever.

maureen July 30, 2012 at 7:06 pm

I traveled this road many times the week I spnt up on Signal Mountain.

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