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Tennessee is one of the 50 states of the United States.

Tennessee and most of the southern United States is fairly conservative, so, as always, being respectful is a must for any hitchhiker. Most of the people down here are some of the nicest folks around. The few that aren't are everywhere, though, not just in Tennessee.

Musicians are greatly appreciated here. Street performing, especially country-related, is a great way to generate revenue for your hitchhiking experience. Carrying a sign is alright, as long as it's humorous. People respond much better to a sign that has personality than despair.

Sales tax in Tennessee is very high - almost ten percent. That means in general, money is tighter than usual. Luckily, there are plenty of Dollar Generals, Wal-Marts, and gas stations to circumvent this cost.

Tennessee is divided into three sections- West, Middle, and East. The "capitals" of these three regions are, in order: Memphis, Nashville, and Knoxville. Remember that for determining where you need to go.

One thing that makes Tennessee appeal to hitchhikers is that the state has the largest amount of highways, bypasses, and interstates; surrounded by 8 states, Tennessee is a crossroads to the entire south, and as such your options for traveling from there are greatly improved.



55-8-139. Pedestrians soliciting rides or business. (a) No person shall stand in a roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride or employment from the occupant of any vehicle.

Department Policy: State of Tennessee Department of Transportation Definitions: Roadyway - the portion of a highway intended for vehicular use.

Based on the definition of roadway, soliciting rides from the shoulder may be illegal. It is advised that one hitchhikes from the grass, off the paved portion of a road. However...

The following law is from Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Division of State Parks and applies only within the boundaries of state parks: 0400-2-2-.04. BEGGING AND SOLICITING. (2)Hitchhiking or the soliciting of transportation is prohibited.

Federal Districts

Note:All land maintained by the National Park service prohibits hitchhiking under the Code of Federal Regulations Title 36 section 4.31: Hitchhiking or soliciting transportation is prohibited except in designated areas and under conditions established by the superintendent.

  • Big South Fork National Recreation Area 4.31 has not been amended here, so hitchhiking is prohibited.
  • Cumberland Gap National Historical Park 4.31 has not been amended here, so hitchhiking is prohibited.


On 19 June 2014 while in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park a ranger told me , in certain terms, that hitching is legal within the park. longstride

Hitched through Tennessee a few times back in 2013 never had too much trouble, but it certainly wasn't extremely easy. Eastern Tennessee is beautiful and friendly and much easier hitchhiking. Thewindandrain (talk) 18:14, 10 July 2014 (UTC)

I love this state,except Nashville and anywhere near Nashville,stay out of Franklin,but the people are great,I've been picked up by good ole boys to meth queens,and if you look decent people will look out for you,people still have that southern hospitality outlook there-token

Me and a friend just hitched from Asheville, N.C to Johnson city, and got loads of hassle from the cops. apparently there is a city ordinance against hitchhiking (and panhandling, which they thought we were doing even though we weren't). don't stop here unless you want to stay a while. - Magpie

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