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Directions to ORAU Professional Training Programs facilities

Download a map of Oak Ridge and the route from the airport. (You will need the Adobe Reader to view the map. It can be downloaded free from the Adobe website.)

  1. From airport, take Alcoa Highway (US 129 North) toward Knoxville for approximately 2.5 miles.
  2. Take the Oak Ridge exit to the right onto I-140.
  3. Continue on I-140 for approximately 11.5 miles. You will cross interstate I-40/I-75. As you cross the interstate, watch for the Oak Ridge sign telling you to bear left. This takes you onto Route 162, better known as Pellissippi Parkway.
  4. In about 6 miles, you will go through the small Solway community that primarily consists of gas stations. Continue over the Clinch River/Solway Bridge (bearing left), and past a local cemetery that will be on the right.
  5. Once past the cemetery, bear left at the sign indicating the approach into Oak Ridge. In a mile or so, this will take you onto South Illinois Avenue. Most of the Oak Ridge hotels are located on South Illinois.

If you want to go directly to the training center instead of the hotel:

  1. After you have crossed the bridge over the Clinch River and are next to the cemetery, you will see a sign that says “Bethel Valley Rd. closed to through traffic.” That is the road that you want to take. Bear right onto Bethel Valley Road.
  2. The training center will be on the left at the first intersection that you come to: the intersection of Bethel Valley Road and Pumphouse Rd. (to the left) and Scarboro Rd. (to the right). Turn left onto Pumphouse Road. There will be two entrances immediately on the left into the parking lot.
  3. To enter the facility, walk around to the front of the building. The entrance faces Bethel Valley Road closest to the intersection. Someone should be there to let you in. See photo below.

Google Earth coordinates of training facility: 35.983667 -84.222

Entrance to Health Physics Training Courses building

Hotels in the Oak Ridge and Knoxville areas

Hotel Address Phone Distance
Candlewood Suites* 10206 Parkside Drive, Knoxville
10 miles
Comfort Inn 433 S. Rutgers Ave., Oak Ridge 865.481.8200
2.5 miles
Courtyard by Marriott 216 Langley Place, Knoxville 865.539.0600 9 miles
Days Inn 206 S. Illinois Ave., Oak Ridge 865.483.5615
3 miles
Doubletree 215 S. Illinois Ave., Oak Ridge 865.481.2468
3 miles
Hampton Inn 208 S. Illinois Ave., Oak Ridge 865.482.7889
3 miles
Holiday Inn Express* 114 Tulsa Road,
Oak Ridge
1-888-465-4329 3.5 miles
Homewood Suites by Hilton 10935 Turkey Drive, Knoxville 865.777.0375 10 miles
Quality Inn 216 S. Rutgers Ave., Oak Ridge 865.483.6809
3 miles
Residence Inn by Marriott* 215 Langley Place, Knoxville 865.539.5339 9 miles
SpringHill Suites by Marriott 10955 Turkey Drive, Knoxville 865.966.8888 10 miles
Staybridge Suites (Extended Stay)* 420 S. Illinois Ave., Oak Ridge 865.298.0050
2.5 miles
TownePlace Suites by Marriott* 205 Langley Place, Knoxville 865.693.5216 9 miles
Westgate Apartments 101-O Gates Drive 865.481.0603 8 miles

*Ask for ORAU special rates



Airline Phone Number
American Airlines 1.800.433.7300
Comair 1.800.727.2550
Continental Express 1.800.523.3273
Delta Airlines 1.800.221.1212
Northwest Airlines 1.800.225.2525
United Airlines 1.800.864.8331
USAirways Express 1.800.428.4322
McGhee Tyson Airport 865.342.3000

Also see the list of airlines serving McGhee Tyson.


Taxi Company Phone Number
Yellow Cab 865.483.4343
ABC Taxi 865.970.4545

Rental car agencies at McGhee Tyson Airport

Agency Phone Number Reservations
Alamo 865.342.3210 1.800.327.9633
AVIS 865.342.3220 1.800.331.1212
Budget Car Rental 865.342.3225 1.800.527.0700
Dollar Car Rental   1.866.434.2226
Enterprise Rent-a-Car 865.342.1650 1-800-rent-a-car
Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Oak Ridge 865.483.8494 1.800.325.8007
Hertz 865.342.3232 1.800.654.3131
National Car Rental 865.342.3240 1.800.227.7368
Thrifty Car Rental 865.342.3250 1.800.367.2277



For further information or assistance, please contact:

Professional Training Programs 
P.O. Box 117, MS-11,
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-0117
Phone: 865.576.3576
Fax: 865.241.9152