Smith County

The Tennessee General Assembly chartered Smith County on October 26, 1799.

Travel Route Description

Main Street, Carthage


Starting at the westernmost Byway terminus in Carthage—where Walton himself lived and is now buried—the route makes a loop. Visitors choosing to travel south on Main Street in Carthage will cross the National Register Listed Cordell Hull Bridge on Old State Highway 25—leading them into South Carthage. Immediately after crossing the bridge, the Byway continues to the left onto TN 24/US 70N/Cookeville Hwy through South Carthage, intersecting with the South Carthage Rail Trail at S Main Street/Old State Highway 53 and continuing on US 70N to the Smith/Putnam County line.

Alternatively, visitors in Carthage may choose to follow Upper Ferry Road from Main Street in Carthage, as this will take them to the Walton Cemetery and Walton Landing—a historic Walton Road trace where pioneers would take the ferry to cross the Cumberland River. From Upper Ferry Road, the Byway travels across the TN Route 25/Gordonsville Highway bridge offering views of the Cumberland River and the Caney Fork until it meets US 70N/TN 24/Cookeville Highway.