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Cherohala Skyway National Scenic Byway

Scenic Byways or Routes

ADA Accessibility Notes


The Cherohala Skyway was opened and dedicated in 1996. The road has been designated a National Scenic Byway. The road cost over 100 million dollars, and took over 30 years to construct . 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. The Cherohala Skyway is located in southeast Tennessee and southwest North Carolina. The Skyway connects Tellico Plains, Tennessee, with Robbinsville, North Carolina, and is about 40 miles long. The Cherohala Skyway is a wide, paved, 2-lane road maintained by the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the North Carolina Department of Transportation. The elevations range from 900 feet above sea level at the Tellico River in Tennessee, to over 5400 feet above sea level at the Tennessee-North Carolina state line at Haw Knob.

Driving Directions

I-75 Exit 60 Go S. on Hwy. 68 24 miles and turn left onto 165. (Cherohala Skyway)

Highlights and Key Points Along the Route

Bald River Falls, Indian Boundary Campground, Pheasant Fields Rearing Pools, Tail of the Dragon, Eagle Gap Trailhead, Grassy Gap Trailhead, Brushy Ridge, West Rattlesnake Rock Trailhead, Oosterneck Creek.

Length of Byway or Route

45 miles long

Pet Friendly Notes

We are pet friendly at owners responsibility.

Nearby Places