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The Cherohala Skyway

Ride Type: 

Distance/Length: 

36 miles

Highway: 

NC-143

A less crowded alternative to The Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap, the Cherohala Skyway runs from Robbinsville, NC to Tellico Plains, TN.

21 miles of the Skyway are in Tennessee and known as state highway 165. Then 15 miles of the route, and the road's highest point, are in North Carolina. The name Cherohala is a combination of the two National Forests the road crosses- Cherokee and Nantahala.

The ride offers sweeping corners, scenic views and climbs up to 5,390 feet at the Santeetlah Overlook. Only completed in 1996 the road has quickly become a favorite destination for riders from across the Southeast.