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If you’re looking for a unique and entertaining road trip this summer, you won’t find a better choice than the World’s Longest Yard Sale along Highway 127 and the Lookout Mountain Parkway. From August 3rd to August 6th, you’ll find hundreds of yard sale vendors ready to supply you with treasures you’ve always wanted, trinkets you never knew you needed, and tons of fun along the way!
Running from Gadsden, Alabama, to Addison, Michigan, this four-day event covers more than 690 miles of scenic beauty, plus tons of yard sale bargains and treasures.
Get started on along the 93-mile Lookout Mountain Parkway route from Gadsden, Alabama to Chattanooga, Tennessee for the most "scenic rural America" in the United States. There are more than one thousand yard sale vendors in Alabama alone, offering everything from antiques, collectibles, furniture, dishwares, fresh garden produce, homemade jams and jellies, food vendors, live entertainment, and much more.
The yard sale continues along the U.S. 127 Corridor from Chattanooga to Addison, Michigan with another 590 miles of yard sale bargains. In total, the Lookout Mountain Parkway and the 127 Corridor have had as many as 5,000 vendors lined along the route in years past, and the 2017 event promises to be even bigger.
Make a Long Weekend of It
If you're a yard sale enthusiast, you already know that the best picking happens early. To get on the road as early as possible, the folks in DeKalb County, Alabama invite you to spend the night in one of hte area's many bed and breafast inns or state park facilities. You'll also find cabin rentals in Historic Mentone, along with other motels and unique accommodations located within minutes of the yard sale route.
Add another day to your visit to allow time to view thescenic vistas and majestic waterfalls of the Little River Canyon National Preserve and DeSoto State Park. This truly is "America's Most Scenic Shopping Mall!”
- The yard sale officially begins at the Noccalula Falls Park in Gadsden, Alabama, on top of Lookout Mountain. Follow Tabor Road, across from Noccalula Falls. Stay on this road (it will become Alabama 176), and follow it into the Dogtown Community. Stay straight through the 4-way stop, and the road then becomes DeKalb County 89.
- Stay on 89 through communities such as Five Points, Fort Payne, Fischer, DeSoto State Park and on into Mentone, Alabama.
- From Mentone, turn right onto Alabama 117 and follow into Georgia where it becomes Georgia Road 48. You will stay straight a short distance before turning left on GA 157, then left on 136, right on 189 then right on 157 again.
- This takes you directly in front of Rock City where you travel down Lookout Mountain and pick up TN 27 to the U.S. 127 Corridor for the remainder of the yard sale, where it ends in Hudson, MI.
- (The road winds around a little in Chattanooga as you make your way to the 127 Corridor. Follow Ochs Hwy. off of Lookout Mountain to Tennessee Ave. to Broad St. to Hwy 27 to the U.S. Hwy. 127)
- If you’re traveling north to south, simply reverse these directions. Although the Yard Sale officially goes from Gadsden, Alabama, to Addison, Michigan, feel free to jump on board anywhere in between. Lots of treasures and antiques await you from one end to the other and all points along the way.
Helpful Suggestions Along the Way
• Be ready to bring home your treasures. Drive a large car, so you won’t have to pass on oversized items that catch your eye.
• Be prepared for the sun and the heat. Bring items such as sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, and mosquito repellant to protect yourself from the elements. Remember, the sun can roast you even on a cloudy day.
• Be prepared to walk. Wear comfortable shoes and drink plenty of fluids. It is usually very warm (ok, technically, hot) and all the walking and activities can drain you if you aren’t diligent about hydration!
• Be prepared to pay cash. Many vendors don’t accept credit cards or checks.
• Be on time… or better yet, be early! Though there are hundreds of vendors who sell sun-up to after sundown, you’ll be competing with thousands of other shoppers. And as with any yard sale, the good stuff goes fast.
• Be cautious of other vehicles. Like you, everyone has one eye on the yard sales, and most vehicles will make frequent, unexpected stops. You’ll also see plenty of folks walking along the roadside, so watch for pedestrians.