“jaw-dropping scenic highway”
Cherohala Skyway (TN Hwy 165, NC Hwy 143) is a 43-mile National Scenic Byway that connects Tellico Plains, Tennessee, with Robbinsville, North Carolina. Opened and dedicated in fall of 1996, this highway starts at 800 ft. in elevation, and climbs over mountains as high as 5390 ft at Santeetlah Overlook on the state border, with 21 miles of the Skyway in southeast Tennessee and 15 miles in North Carolina. The road crosses through the Cherokee and Nantahala National Forests, thus the name "Chero...hala." Travelers on the Tennessee side are treated to mile-high vistas, brilliant seasonal foliage, the magnificent splendor of the Cherokee National Forest and the Tellico River. The rugged mountains, sparse human population and diverse habitats of Tennessee's eastern border make it home to an amazing variety of wildlife. There is little evidence of civilization from views that rival - or surpass - any from the Blue Ridge Parkway.
This is truly a ride above the clouds! Be sure to start your trip in Tellico Plains at the Tellico Grains and Bakery. This is the best little restaurant that you will ever visit. Then enjoy the gorgeous views across the Cherohala Skyway. You will not be disappointed!
This was an Amazing ride on the bike! Don't forget the Foothills Parkway & the Tail of the Dragon. These make for a great loop to drive and take in the scenery. The HydroElectric Dams in the area are also a wonderful lesson in History.
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