The Cherohala Skyway
One of the Great Rides Through the Appalachian Mountains of The U.S.
Cherish the ride, because at almost 2.8 million dollars per mile to construct, The Cherohala Skyway is the most expensive construction undertaking by the State of North Carolina.
For almost 50 wonderful miles along Tennessee State Hwy 165 and North Carolina 143, you will be treated to the magnificent scenic vistas. This ribbon of asphalt will present you with a variety of elevations. Should you start your trip in Tellico Plains you will be at about 900 feet above seal level. But by the time you reach the end of your journey you will have transcended to heights in excess of 5300 feet.
The Cherohala Skyway is located in southeast Tennessee and southwest North Carolina and connects Tellico Plains, Tennessee, with Robbinsville, North CarolinaTHINGS TO SEE ALONG THE WAY
At Forest Service Road 210 (paved), take a short trip well worth your time. You will discover a picturesque scene which can be observed from the comfort of your motorcycle. Sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds as water cascades over 100 feet onto the rocks below.
Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest
This magnificent forest pays tribute to the poet who wrote the well-known line, "I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree." After you descend through Shute Cove (3,550 feet) and Hooper Cove (3,100 feet), the road intersects with N.C. 134, which takes you on a two-mile side trip to the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest. Among the statuesque trees are 400-year-old stands of poplar and hemlock. The age old forest bursts forth in fiery colors every fall.
Stop at the 5,390 foot picnic spot and soak in the panoramas of the Great Smokies. From the overlook, observers can gaze across the mountaintops that extend for seven miles to the Tennessee state line. The panorama takes in the Appalachian Mountains and the Snowbird, Slickrock, and Joyce Kilmer Forest. And on a clear day you can see the far off mountains of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Indian Boundary Campground
On County Rd. 165, thirteen miles from Tellico Plains is the turn to the Cherokee National Forest's Indian Boundary Campground, on Boundary Lake. The campground is Set among hardwoods and pine the camping area offers different types of camping, from sites with electrical hookups and a modern bathhouse to your very basic and rustic sites with outdoor showers and fire rings. Here’s a great place to do some motorcycle camping.
Nantahala National Forest
Just a little ways from the Indian Boundary Campground, you enter North Carolina. The name of the highway changes to N.C. 143. Here you enter the Nantahala National Forest. Here in Nantahala National Forest you will have to choices of hiking, fishing, and camping and even white-water rafting on the Nantahala River. There are commercial outfitters that offer a variety of guided water activities.
If you happen to want to take in all of the sights of the Cherohala Skyway or just the odd leg stretch over the three hour tour. Don’t forget to report in with your stories and photos. We’ll be anxiously waiting for your report.
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