Winter along the CHEROHALA SKYWAY
Winter is a beautiful time along the Skyway. The leaves have fallen and the views from the overlooks are spectacular. Traffic is at a minimum and it seems as if you have the mountains all to yourself. Ice and snow can be expected throughout the winter months along the Cherohala Skyway. The roadway is generally treated for such hazards, keeping it passable for most of the year.
CAUTION is the key word for traveling on the Skyway during winter. A popular activity in winter along the Cherohala Skyway is checking the freshly fallen snow for animal tracks. Deer, turkeys, raccoons, foxes, and other animals (even black bears) native to these mountains cross the skyway and leave their tracks in the snow. Temperatures at or below freezing are common and should be prepared for, especially at higher elevations. If you hike in the winter take special precautions:
1)Dress in layers. The cold mornings can lead to warmer afternoons.
2) Let someone know where you are going to hike. Take a friend.
3) Take plenty of water. Don’t drink from streams or rivers.
4) Take a snack, such as energy bars or candy.
5) Please bring out all garbage that you take in.