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Cherohala Skyway

Often overlooked for more prominent and recognizable mountain ranges in the West, Northwest and Northeast, the Southern Appalachian mountain range provides travelers with a calming sensation throughout each of the regions it encompasses. Because these were the first mountains seen by European settlers in centuries past, they tend to provide the most historical content along each of the routes. Today, national highways wrap around many of the mountains that dot the Southeastern United States, and the Cherohala Skyway is one such highway. Motorcycle riders will appreciate the Cherohala Skyway for its natural beauty and man-made thrills, perfect year-round.

Beauty of Cherohala Skyway

Beauty of Cherohala Skyway

At just 43 miles, riders can not only spend a short afternoon soaking in the Skyway's glory, but cyclists can also choose between several landmark destinations and rest areas to make the trip worthwhile. Connecting the Tellico Plains in Tennessee with Robbinsville, NC, the Cherohala Skyway offers a scenic ride to all who care to seek its thrills. With notable highlights such as Huckleberry Knob, Stratton Ridge and Unicoi Crest, riders can reconnect with both nature and history while enjoying the open road. Of course, the 4,000-foot climb during the Skyway ride certainly makes this a must-ride for motorcycling enthusiasts, and thousands flock here every year simply to discover the magic of the Cherohala Skyway.

If your journey begins in Tennessee, you'll enjoy the swimming, camping and picnicking offered at Lake Santeetlah, the easternmost end of the Cherohala Skyway. This North Carolina U.S. Forest protected land has been a staple among Southern travelers since the 1920s, providing a true rustic experience for all who attend. With a self-imposed motto of ‟A Drive above the Clouds,” the Cherohala Skyway lives up to this by offering riders and motorists a glimpse into the mountainous heavens by way of curved pavement and fast roads.

But the ride alone is well worth the visit. With twisting curves and scenic straights, the Cherohala Skyway offers motorcyclists of all levels and interests a unique ride in the Tennessee Mountains. Planning and construction began in 1958, but the Skyway is fairly new in terms of U.S. highway systems. Finished in 1996, riders have been enjoying the fast turns and steep inclines ever since. Because the Skyway is a somewhat newer addition to the Tennessee portion of the Appalachian Mountains, motorcyclists will love the maintenance and care for the roads. You will find a few bumps and dips along the way, but overall this highway is seemingly tailored for the motorcycling enthusiast.

Road Curves of Cherohala Skyway

Road Curves of Cherohala Skyway

Riders should pack ban, as weather can drastically change on any given day. Especially in Spring and Summer months, the Southeastern states tend to see heavy rainfall for short periods of time. Because the Icon Patrol is a waterproof yet lightweight jacket, riders of all styles can make good use packing this away for Cherohala Skyway rides. Dependent on the time of year you visit, temperatures can greatly vary from moderately warm to uncomfortably cold if you're not clothed right. The Cherohala Skyway is always a fun ride, but you'll want to make sure you plan accordingly before heading out the door.

About the Author:

Dewayne Jasper enjoys reading and writing about sports, speed, fast cars and motorcycles, safety, and music along with many other interesting daily topics works at Motorcycle House as a writer and love to go on two wheels on weekends, Always Use proper riding gear while on roads. Furthermore Dewayne Jasper has been riding for over 6 years and currently ride a Kawasaki Ninja ZX6R.

the magic of the Cherohala Skyway.

the magic of the Cherohala Skyway.

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Jasper007

116 months ago

@alex Yes you're right my friend, Such a pleasure to ride there.

alex

120 months ago

Who says the Cherohala is overlooked? Granted, it's not as visceral as the US129 which is close by, but it's a great days ride and, as your pictures show, very beautiful. I'm certainly glad I've ridden it

Jasper007

122 months ago

Great thanks to you MotoHooli, it's really appreciated for me.

MotoHooli

122 months ago

Good read. Thanks.