Cherohala Skyway Byway - East Tennessee Enjoy the Appalachian Mountains

Explore the Cherohala Skyway National Scenic Byway

The Cherohala Skyway National Scenic Byway crosses through the Cherokee and Nantahala National Forests, thus the name “Chero-hala.” Drive above the clouds at 5,400-foot elevations and get a glimpse into the unspoiled environment along the Tellico River where Cherokee tribes and early pioneers traveled and settled in the Appalachian Mountains. The Skyway is well known in motorcycling circles for its long, sweeping corners, but everyone can enjoy its mile-high vistas and brilliant seasonal foliage. See the 100-foot Bald River Falls from your car, or venture out for hiking opportunities and picnic spots that await you in these magnificent and seldom-seen portions of Tennessee.

Brilliance along the Cherohala Skyway

What better way to enjoy the glorious fall colors of North Carolina and Tennessee than a leisurely drive along the Cherohala Skyway? Take this scenic byway through the Cherokee and Nantahala National Forests in autumn and fall in love with the brilliant colors of the Appalachian Mountains.

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The Skyway offers the cultural heritage of the Cherokee tribe and early settlers in a grand forest environment in the Appalachian Mountains. Enjoy mile-high vistas and brilliant fall foliage, as well as great hiking opportunities and picnic spots in magnificent and seldom-seen portions of the southern Appalachian National Forests.