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The Cherohala Skyway was completed and dedicated in 1996 and cost over $100,000,000 to construct. Spectacular to say the least, the road has been designated a National Scenic Byway. The Skyway crosses through the Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee and the Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina. The Skyway connects Tellico Plains, Tennessee, with Robbinsville, North Carolina, and is about 50 miles long. It is a wide, paved 2-laned road maintained by the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the North Carolina Department of Transportation, and 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 (mile marker 11).
The name “Cherohala” comes from the names of the two National
Forests: “Cher” from the Cherokee and “ahala” from the Nantahala.
The Cherohala Skyway is located in southeast Tennessee and southwest
North Carolina. Keep in mind that the skyway can be desolate at
night and dangerous driving in the winter months. There are no
facilities other than restrooms for the entire 50 miles so make sure
you have plenty of gas.