In the beginning, there were animal trails, and the aboriginal peoples followed those and made their own. Then the white folk came in and drove out the original inhabitants, but kept to their trails, which eventually became roads. This used to be the main road between Greeneville and points west. You can tell because it’s called Old Stage Road. About a half mile back the other way it’s called Stagecoach Road, becoming Old Stage Road at the point Stagecoach Road becomes Main Street in Bulls Gap. See how that works? The new highway, US11E/Andrew Johnson Highway, runs to the north — several miles in some cases — but at this point, 11E is about to rejoin Old Stage Road, just beyond those trees and over the railroad track.