Cherohala Skyway

Jun 04, 2012 View Comments by

The Cherohala Skyway (U.S. 165) is fast becoming a favorite in motorcycling and sports car circles. The scenic byway, finished in 1996, stretches 51 miles (from the town of Tellico Plains, TN, to the city limits of Robbinsville, NC) and climbs to 5,400 feet. The twists and turns on the Skyway are a road enthusiast’s dream come true.

On the Tellico side, make sure you take the time to get off the Skyway to see Bald River Falls. River Road (Forest Service Road 210) is a winding road, and the waterfall is spectacular! The town of Tellico Plains has many eateries; Kat’s Deli is a great place to grab a bite and is located right on the river. Lodging in Tellico is limited to cabins and camping, but a hotel is at the end of the Skyway in Robbinsville. While in Tellico Plains, make sure to stop by the visitor center to get your free maps and information from the knowledgeable and friendly staff. Next door to the visitor center you will find the Charles Hall Museum, which is a must see for anyone traveling through town. The displays in the museum are beyond words, and trust me when I say you will be shocked to find such a collection in this town. You can also pick up your souvenirs, T-shirts, and refreshments in the museum gift shop.

The weather on the Skyway can be tricky during certain times of the year. On many days during the summer, you will find the mountains to be very hazy. The fall months are the most traveled time due to leaf watchers, and the foliage is out of this world! The winter can get ugly at the top elevations. If it’s raining down low, chances are it’s snowing on top. Keep the weather in mind when traveling across the Skyway!

Also on the Robbinsville side of the Skyway you will find the world famous Deal’s Gap, “Home of the Dragon”, which crosses over the Cherohala Skyway. Make a weekend of it and kill two birds with one stone.

Submitted by: Kristie Francis
Photos provided  by: Monroe County Tourism

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