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Cherohala Skyway

Ride Type: 

Location: 

Tellico Plains

Distance/Length: 

51 miles

Highway: 

HWY 165

The Cherohala Skyway is fast becoming a favorite in the motorcycling and sportscar circles. The scenic byway, finished in 1996, stretches 51 miles (from the town of Tellico Plains, TN to the city limits of Robbinsville, NC) and climbs to 5400 ft in the sky. The twists and turns on the Skyway is a road enthusiast's dream come true.

On the Tellico side make sure you take the time to get off the Skyway to see Bald River Falls. River rd (Forest Service rd 210) is a winding road and the waterfall is spectacular! The town of Tellico Plains has many eateries, Kat's Deli is a great place to grab a bite and located right on the river. Lodging in Tellico is limited to cabins and camping but a hotel is at the end of the Skyway in Robbinsville. While in Tellico Plains make sure to stop by the visitor center to get your free maps and information from the knowledgeable and friendly staff. Next door to the Visitor Center you will find The Charles Hall Museum which is a must see for anyone traveling through town. The displays in the museum are beyond words and trust me when I tell you, you will be shocked to find such a collection in this town. You can also pick up your souvenirs, t-shirts, and refreshments in the museum gift shop.

The weather on the Skyway can be tricky during certain times of the year. During the summer you will find the mountains, on many days, to be very hazy. The fall months are the most traveled time due to the leaf watchers and the foliage is out of this word! The winter can get ugly on the top elevations. If its raining down low, chances are there is snow on top. Keep the eather in mind when traveling across the Skyway!

Also, on the Robbinsville side of the Skyway you will find the world famous Deal's Gap (aka The Dragon) crosses over the Cherohala Skyway. Make a weekend of it and kill two birds with one stone!