43-mile National Scenic Byway from Tellico Plains, Tennessee, to Robbinsville
Looking for ridge after ridge of forested mountainside with sweeping mountain views as far as the eyes can see; abundant and unobstructed scenic overlooks around every corner; world class hiking trails, refreshing waterfalls and scenic overlooks; a road featured as one of Discovery Channel’s Top 10 Motorcycle Rides in North America Some call it the “best kept secret.” We call it The Cherohala Skyway – experience it for yourself.
The Cherohala Skyway was completed in the fall of 1996 after planning and construction for some thirty-four years. It was North Carolina’s most expensive scenic highway carrying a price tag of $100,000,000. It winds up and over 5,400 foot mountains for 18 miles in North Carolina and descends another 23 miles into the deeply forested back country of Tennessee. The road crosses through the Cherokee and Nantahala National Forests thus the name “Chero…hala”. The Skyway is becoming well known in motorcycling and sportscar circles for it’s long, sweeping corners, scenic views and cool summer breezes.
This road enthusiast’s dream connects Robbinsville, North Carolina with Tellico Plains, Tennessee. It can be desolate at night and extremely dangerous in the winter months. There are no facilities other than a couple of restrooms for the entire 41 miles so make sure you have enough gas to make the crossing. There is little evidence of civilization from views that rival or surpass any from the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Cherohala Skyway Gifts
Find your swag for all the great roads including Cherohala Skwyay, Tail of the Dragon, Moonshiner 28, Devils Triangle, Six Gap, Diamondback and more.
Winter on the Cherohala Skyway
Looking for a place for a short winter escape from the crowds? Plan a trip to the mountains for a peaceful get-away.
There are still plenty of options to enjoy even in the winter months. Just bring some warmer clothes and experience a unique vacation away from all the city traffic. And most rental rates are much lower than summer rates.
Just some of the things to do include:
- Exploring the scenic Cherohala Skyway with a good chance of seeing some snow accumulation
- Driving the Tail of the Dragon with the road all to yourself (most winter days are still safe)
- Winter hiking in Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest and other wilderness areas
- Amazing photographic opportunities around every corner
- Holiday festivities at Fontana Village which is open year-round
- Plan a day at Asheville’s Biltmore Estate where the Christmas decorations are truly special
- Or ski at Cattaloochee in Maggie Valley with fourteen slopes
- Go antique/gem/craft hunting when discounts are everywhere
- Explore the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
- Spend a day in Gatlinburg for amazing holiday displays
- Golf at several courses that are open year-round with no crowds
- Or just bring a good book and curl-up in front of a fireplace and watch the snow
Our roads remain safe and passable for standard vehicles most days in the winter months. But stay alert for any severe weather that might change conditions. See PLAN YOUR TRIP for links on current road conditions.
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There are a wide variety of accommodations in our area. These range from basic tent camping to exclusive mountain top resorts.