Cherohala Skyway from NC to TN

One of the great views from the Cherohala Skyway in western NC.
One of the great views from the Cherohala Skyway in western NC.

 

The Cherohala Skyway  is not unlike the Blue Ridge Parkway, with limited access, but almost no traffic on a Thursday in July. It's mostly 40 mph sweepers once you navigate the tighter curves near Robbinsville, NC. 

 

The skyway travels through pristine wilderness as it crosses the border between Tennessee and North Carolina, just 25 miles south of the much more famous "Tail of the Dragon". You can ride both in one day. Tailofthedragon.com has great ride maps and lodging info. 

 

See the full map at https://tailofthedragonmaps.com/tail-of-the-dragon-loop/

The  43 mile Cherohala Skyway connects Robbinsville, NC and Tellico Plains, TN.
The 43 mile Cherohala Skyway connects Robbinsville, NC and Tellico Plains, TN.

The Cherohala Skyway connects Robbinsville, NC and Tellico Plains, TN.  Click the map to enlarge it.
The Cherohala Skyway connects Robbinsville, NC and Tellico Plains, TN. Click the map to enlarge it.

 

"The Cherohala Skyway is a 43-mile (69 km) National Scenic Byway and National Forest Scenic Byway that connects Tellico Plains, Tennessee, to Robbinsville, North Carolina in the southeastern United States. Its name is a portmanteau of Cherokee and Nantahala, the two national forests through which it passes. Along with multiple vistas and overlooks, the skyway provides easy vehicular access to various protected and recreational areas of the Unicoi Mountains, including the Citico Creek Wilderness, the Bald River Gorge Wilderness, and the remote interior of the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest."   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherohala_Skyway

 

Click above to see the whole USDA camping and day use guide pdf.
Click above to see the whole USDA camping and day use guide pdf.

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