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This scenic 36-mile road stretches from the mountains of North Carolina...

This scenic 36-mile road stretches from the mountains of North Carolina into the Tennessee backcountry.

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Less intense than the Dragon - but still a good drive

Lots of scenic pull-offs. Plenty of long steep up/down grades. Some turns but nothing like the Dragon. Highest point is 5,000 feet above sea level. If it's rainy, you'll be... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Oakland County, MI

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Oakland County, MI
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43 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of scenic pull-offs. Plenty of long steep up/down grades. Some turns but nothing like the Dragon. Highest point is 5,000 feet above sea level. If it's rainy, you'll be driving in the clouds.

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Forsyth, Georgia
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71 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoy multiple photo opportunities and some trailheads for hiking. Travelled from NC to TN on the Skyway. Rainbow Falls along with Bald River Falls were worth the drive alone. Experienced a little off road past Bald River Falls.

Thank DonPhyllis
Cuba, Missouri
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112 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is presented as a drive in the clouds and they are not far off the mark. What a beautiful drive! You can start in Tennessee and end in North Carolina, or start in North Carolina and end in Tennessee. It is hard not to do EVERY pull off! The views are spectacular. On the end of the Tennessee side... More 

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46 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed April 17, 2017

We rode up for the day on our motorcycles and it was a full but easy trip from Atlanta. It's a beautiful ride/drive on the skyway with plenty of areas to pull over. My best advice? Skip lunch at a restaurant and take a picnic. The views are beautiful.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
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29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed April 17, 2017

Planned and built as a "Scenic Byway" which first opened in 1996, the Cherohala Skyway connects the Cherokee and Nantahala National Forests. Popular with motor cyclists and sports car enthusiasts (we were in our M-3), with lots of great views and very little evidence of civilization (including no gas stations for the entire 41 miles). We made a day trip... More 

Thank Stan T
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed April 17, 2017

The Cherohala Skyway is one of the least appreciated gorgeous drives near the Great Smoky Mountains. My wife and I were there last Saturday afternoon, and in 40 miles, I bet we did not see 20 cars. You have beautiful views looking out over Tennessee, North Carolina, and Georgia.

Thank Carl K
Toledo, Ohio
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed April 11, 2017

Sooooo glad we chose to ride the entire Cherohala Skyway across the tops of the Unicoi Mountains connecting NC/TN. Beautiful vistas, plenty of photo/picnic stopoffs along the route. We were fortunate enough to have a crystal clear 65 degree day, but with some fresh snow still lingering above the 4,000 ft elevations. You'll clear a mile high at the top!... More 

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Vonore, TN
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed March 30, 2017

Just a drive though this route is a great experience. If you have time, stop along the way for a picnic. Also the Joyce Kilmer virgin forest is a notable way station and worth the slight detour.

Thank dcsgbs
Brandon, Florida
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386 reviews
141 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed March 23, 2017 via mobile

We traveled the Skyway from Robbinsville to Tellico Plains today in our Jeep. The weather was perfect. Almost no traffic, excellent road, sweeping curves and lots of pull offs to stop and enjoy the spectacular vistas of the mountains. We did stop and had a picnic lunch at one of the areas. Very quiet and peaceful. The views were awesome... More 

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Chattanooga, TN
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed November 2, 2016 via mobile

Visited the Unicoi Crest on the Cherohala Skyway (at the TN/NC border) on October 29, 2016 and attended a star party sponsored by the Smokey Mountain Astronomy Society. There is very little light pollution there, which helps the views of the night sky. Had the privilege of seeing the heavens made by the Good Lord. Psalm 19:2. Seeing this wondrous... More 

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