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Cherohala Skyway

The Cherohala Skyway is one of the most scenic drives in the USA. The road is 43-mile (69 km) long and links Tellico Plains, Tennessee and Robbinsville, in North Carolina. The road winds through forests of hardwoods and evergreens. It’s also known as the Overhill Skyway.

The road was completed in 1996. It’s asphalted. Due its unique location and the climb in elevation over thousands of feet, and passing through remote areas, it is important when driving in these conditions to be prepared. It can be cold and cloudy riding the mountain ridges, so make sure you dress properly, even in the summer months. We have been caught in pea soup fog, thick clouds, and bone chilling temperatures even in July. The mile-high ride is always a new and unforgettable experience.

The drive is definitely worth it. There are many excellent photo opportunities here. Don’t forget your camera! Cherohala Skyway offers—when the often-fickle weather permits—amazing views of mountains, foliage, and waterfalls. The road climbs up at an elevation of 5,400 feet (1,600 m) on the slopes of Haw Knob near the Tennessee-North Carolina state line. 

 

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