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Fantastic ride. The approach roads, especially from the Tellico Plains end, are twisty and require concentration.
I recommend you ride them only during daylight, as most motorcycle lights don't adequately illuminate the numerous curves.
The center section is entirely different, nicely paved, smooth and wide, with wonderful views.
Due to the altitude, in winter watch for ice and snow, in rainy weather watch for dense fog and low clouds.
There are many pull offs and scenic views, so this is a relaxing and scenic ride, well suited to cruisers.
I recommend that you cruise back and forth a couple times between Turkey Creek (Tennessee mile 16.1) to Santeetlah Gap (North Carolina mile 17.6) as this 25 mile stretch is the prime part of the road.
- Anonymous (4/20/13)
North Carolina transportation officials said about 150 feet of the Cherohala Skyway slid about 900 feet down a mountain slope on Thursday, a half-mile east of the Tennessee state line.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation has set up a message board warning that no through-traffic is allowed into North Carolina from Tennessee Rt. 165.
Eastbound traffic in North Carolina is being diverted at state Rt. 1159.
There was no immediate estimate of how long the section of the skyway would be closed.
(Editor's note: here is an article from The Graham County Star
- Anonymous (1/18/13)
By far my favorite road in the area.
Similar to the Foothills Parkway
in that there is no commercial traffic allowed.
You get a good mix of sweepers and twisties along the Skyway, plus you climb and descend several thousand feet, all while riding along the side of a mountain looking into a large valley.
Pull offs and overlooks are ample so be aware of cars pulling into or out of them.
You can get up to a decent speed out here but be smart about it or you can find yourself heading into a sharp curve entirely too fast.
Keep an eye out for the advisory signs to have an idea of what's ahead of you.
Again, easily my favorite road in the area.
Not as technical as, but to me more fun than the 'Dragon' since you can go a little faster and take your eyes off the road.
- Dustin from New Bern, NC (6/21/11)
The Cherohala is a must ride for all motorcyclists.
Road surface is excellent and well-maintained.
There are absolutely no commercial buildings along the entire route and very few (if any) intersecting roads.
Best to ride during a weekday - weekends see thousands of riders and more LEO activity.
The scenery is spectacular- the Blue Ridge Parkway has the edge for views, but the Cherohala is more fun to ride.
Mostly sweepers and no really tight corners.
Lots of pullovers for photos, stretches or picnicking.
- 'GatorLarry' (7/6/10)
Just rode this last month for the 'Rumble on the Dragon'.
Horrible weather, hit snow and sleet just above the 4,000 foot level so we all turned around.
This is an amazing ride, but I wouldn’t recommend running the 'Dragon' in the rain, did it twice.
Will go back in the summer, think the weather will be a bit better!
- Anonymous (11/27/09)
Great road. Remember this is a ride and not a race.
Approximately 3,000 foot elevation change.
Overnight dew may still be on the road late in the morning.
Several increasing radius sweepers.
I believe the Cherohala is a far better ride than Deal’s Gap and much safer.
A great loop ride will include Deal’s Gap.
No services – food or fuel.
I live on NC highway 28 near NC 143.
- Anonymous (10/24/07)
Not as technical as some parts of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Still a very scenic road.
Watch out for Tennessee police.
I saw 6+ on this small stretch of road.
- Anonymous (9/24/07)
A wonderful way for the novice to feel like a pro!
Huge winding sweepers climb you up about 4,000 feet.
Plenty of scenic pull-outs to take pictures.
Signs indicate your elevation.
October colors are incredible!!
Robinsville and Tellico are both very biker friendly.
It's a great way to warm up for, and to get to, Deals Gap!
- Rick Torgerud (5/30/07)
This has to be one of the best roads in Tennessee to ride.
It has it all.
Scenery, long, fast, sweeping curves, lake views, and some very fast straights too.
It ends in Robbinsville, North Carolina and passes over the Smoky Mountains between the Cherokee National Forest and the Nantahala State Park at an altitude of around 5,300 ft.
It is a must ride for every one that loves the road on two wheels.
- Rider from Tennessee (5/30/07)
Most of the road is sweepers and straights with no switchbacks.
A well maintained road, easy to ride with some of the best views in the Smokies.
- Rider from Knoxville, Tennessee (5/15/07)
Probably the 2nd best motorcycle road in the southeast (behind the Blue Ridge Parkway), but also very dangerous.
Lots of long sweeping turns, sharp cutbacks, with long fast straights.
- Rider from Hephzibah, Georgia (11/22/06)