Cherohala Skyway North Carolina, United States

8.00Rider Ratings
83 km Route Distance
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Route Overview

The Cherohala Skyway was built for sightseeing which offers amazing views of the mountains, foilage and waterfalls. This road connects Tellico Plains to Robbinsville North Carolina in the United States and there are lot of picnic spots along to enjoy. This is a 43 mile long National Scenic Byway and National Forest Scenic Byway that climbs about a mile above the sea level and clings to four peaks over 5,000 feet in elevation.

The best times to drive on this highway is spring through fall; there are numerous scenic and panaromic views and picnic areas along the route to enjoy.

The Journey starts from Tellico Plains

There is a vintage mountain town in East TennesseeIn, a very quiet town and last place before you start your journey where you could top off your tank and pack picnic stuff as you'll find no gas stations or restaurants along this route.

Cherokee National Forest

The Cherokee National Forest is a destination for several recreation opportunities like hiking trails, campgrounds, picnic areas, scenic overlooks, swimming holes, streams, rivers and abundant wildlife. This forest itself contains more than 600 miles of hiking trails and is a home to 262 species of birds, 154 species of fish, 55 species of amphibians and reptiles, and 43 species of mammals. The 640,000 acre forest is the largest tract of public land in Tennessee.

Bald River Falls

Bald River runs over a large waterfall "Bald River Falls" which is about 80-100 feet tall. The short and powerful fall flowing through a steep densely wooded valley and replenished by the area's rains is very impressive and scenic. Huge grey rocks around the fall forms into a round pool which is popular for swimming. Enjoy a picnic at the falls.

Indian Boundary Campground

Its a recreation area and a crown jewel of the Cherokee National Forest on the Tellico Ranger District. The campground is set among hardwoods and pine trees and offers several camping sites with electrical hookups and a modern bathhouse to rustic sites with outdoor showers and fire rings.

Nantahala National Forest

Nantahala National Forest is another ground for recreational opportunities abound from hiking, fishing, and camping to white-water rafting on the Nantahala River. Its is the larest forest in the Noth Carolina and a wealth of outdoor activities and plenty of scenic views.

Santeetlah Overlook

Another picinc spot on the way, "Santeetlah Overlook". From the overlook, travelers can gaze across mountaintops rolling for seven miles to the Tennessee state line. The panoramaic view takes in to the Appalachian Mountains, the Snowbird, Slickrock and Joyce Kilmer forests with distant view of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

This is the most popular and famous picinic spot along the highway. The forest stands by 400-year-old of poplar and hemlock trees. Named after the famous poet "Joyce Kilmer", the best way to enjoy this forest is on foot. The tress are magnificient and nice picnic tables.

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