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Cherohala Skyway

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After the fall, empty and still beautiful

We had stayed for Thanksgiving at Fontana Lodge and decided to take the long way home-- The... read more

Reviewed December 9, 2017
Marietta, Georgia
Great road, but understand the challenges and weather of the area.

Riding the Cherohala Skyway on two wheels is always an experience to cherish, but motorcyclists... read more

Reviewed October 19, 2017
Tom B
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This scenic 36-mile road stretches from the mountains of North Carolina into the Tennessee backcountry.
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Reviewed December 9, 2017

We had stayed for Thanksgiving at Fontana Lodge and decided to take the long way home-- The Cherohala Skyway from Robbinsville to McCaysville, GA. The views were great and the oaks still had color but you could see forever! It was a relaxing drive with...More

Thank 02corvette
Reviewed October 19, 2017

Riding the Cherohala Skyway on two wheels is always an experience to cherish, but motorcyclists need to realize that at 5000+ feet up, the weather is different. For motorcyclists, temperature differentials usually range about 15 degrees cooler than at the nominal levels such as Tellico...More

Thank Tom B
Reviewed October 16, 2017 via mobile

Had the opportunity to ride the Cherohala Parkway and enjoy the sites and views from this road. Very pretty and extraordinary views of the mountains.

1  Thank hoakley1954
Reviewed October 11, 2017 via mobile

A lot of fun things to see along the way. Great driving and a lot of local people and stores to help you find if you're willing to ask. Very friendly area.

Thank Paul L
Reviewed September 24, 2017

This is an amazing ride on a motorcycle or car. The road is super smooth and the views are amazing!!! The road will climb to above 5300ft and the views will be amazing. There a about a dozen turn off to take pictures or to...More

Thank Shawn S
Reviewed September 7, 2017

A great short drive through the mountains of NC, but very scenic and worth the detour from main routes.

Thank Michael D
Reviewed August 23, 2017

This is a lovely drive, with periodic, convenient lookouts with vistas into deep valleys and far over the forested mountains. We were here to view the eclipse (21august, 2017), so the activity and crowds were much increased over the usual, but I imagine for a...More

Thank Jonathanschork
Reviewed August 16, 2017

The highlight for us on this road was seeing a young black bear amble out of the woods and cross the road right in front of us! He climbed the hill on the other side, then sat down and watched us quizzically for several minutes....More

Thank amartin748
Reviewed August 7, 2017

Did the skyway on my bike the first week of July. Great road! I did it from west to east, leaving in the morning and had no traffic in front of me. A number of cars and bikes were coming from the east but I...More

Thank chiefbb
Reviewed August 3, 2017

this is one of our favorite rides in this part of the country. It is well maintained and has slow curves and great scenery.

1  Thank Colleen H
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August 4, 2017|
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Response from marylmartin22 |
From what I read it doesn't sound like they will be closing off Parking... a couple of roads yes but gravel small ones. Who knows what could change! I know to expect heavy traffic everywhere though!!
Debbie H
October 9, 2016|
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Response from Heidi M | Reviewed this property |
There's lots of places to stay, finding beer is a lot harder to find, I would bring my own.
The question is wide open. How much time do you have? What do you want to see? How many miles a day do you want to ride? There are so many great roads in the region, it depends on what you want to do. There are several websites that have information on the region. I ride from Illinois to the "Tail of the Dragon" area once a year. I find something new every time. I'm 57 years young and find the entire area fantastic. On every trip, besides the computer preplan, I carry two sets of maps. Butler and America Rides Maps. Butler is by far one of the best maps for motorcyclist. In the region you are asking about, America Rides Maps has a group of maps that covers the region. No best route, until you know the mission. ENJOY! While in the Cherokee area if you have time, stop at Wheels Through Time Museum.
January 28, 2016|
Response from Kathleen M | Reviewed this property |
I don't really see a 'question' per se here, but I actually live right above the motorcycle resort. We even have friends from England, France and Brussels that travel here and say it is the most beautiful place in all the... More