Cherohala Skyway National Scenic Byway

  • Start: Tellico Plains, TN
  • End: Cleveland, TN
  • Last Modified: 2013-08-26 16:23:56
  • Total Mileage: 169 Miles
  • Number of stops: 13


The Cherohala Skyway was opened and dedicated in 1996 as a National Scenic Byway. The Cherohala Skyway crosses through the Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee and the Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina. The name “Cherohala” comes from the names of the two National Forests: “Chero” from the Cherokee and “hala” from the Nantahala. Though this trip runs for about 170 miles, the Skyway itself is about 40 miles long---connecting Tellico Plains, Tennessee, with Robbinsville, North Carolina---and has elevations ranging from 900 feet above sea level at the Tellico River in Tennessee, to over 5,400 feet above sea level at the Tennessee-North Carolina state line. The Skyway offers various outdoor activities such as motorcycling, hiking, canoeing, family picnics, or just a day drive through beautiful scenery that you're sure to never forget.

Stop #1:

Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center
Tellico Plains, TN

Stop #2:

Charles Hall Museum
Tellico Plains, TN

Stop #3:

Cherohala Skyway Harley Davidson
Tellico Plains, TN

Stop #4:

The Beach Drive In
Tellico Plains, TN

Stop #5:

Tellico River
Tellico Plains, TN

Stop #6:

Bald River Falls
Tellico Plains, TN

Stop #7:

Pheasant Fields Fish Rearing Pools
Tellico Plains, TN

Stop #8:

Turkey Creek Overlook
Tellico Plains, TN

Stop #9:

Indian Boundary
Tellico Plains, TN

Stop #10:

Unicoi Crest
Robbinsville, NC

Stop #11:

Santeetlah Overlook
Robbinsville, NC

Stop #12:

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest
Robbinsville, NC

Stop #13:

Cherokee National Forest
Cleveland, TN

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