Official web site for the CHEROHALA SKYWAY
National Scenic Byways.
The Cherohala Skyway National Scenic Byway is a must-see for anyone yearning for a beautiful mountain drive. It offers plenty of pull-offs and overlooks equipped with picnic tables, restroom facilities, ample parking, and plenty of photo opportunities to take home and remember your trip.
Please make sure and take the time to stop in Tellico Plains first at the Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center at the foot of the skyway to get updated road and weather conditions. A friendly welcome staff will greet you with a warm southern welcome and provide you with plenty of free area information and free detailed tear-off maps of the Cherohala Skyway before you start your journey up the Cherohala Skyway that you will be sure to remember. Come and see us!
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 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-laned 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.
The Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center in Tellico Plains is a "must stop" before starting up the Skyway. Stop by for free maps, Skyway driving conditions and local area souvenirs and gifts. Picnic tables and spotless restrooms are available. Our friendly staff will welcome you with important Skyway and area information!
The Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center is a product of a grant from the National Scenic Byway program. The visitor center was opened in September 2003 and is owned by Monroe County, Tennessee. The gift shop in the visitor center is a “not-for-profit” gift shop. Maintenance of resources along the Cherohala Skyway is by the highway departments of the appropriate state and/or the US Forest Service. The Cherokee and Nantahala National Forest through which the Cherohala Skyway traverses are managed by the US Forest Service, Department of Agriculture.