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CHEROHALA SKYWAY Basic Directions

From Asheville, NC to Cherohala Skyway:
Follow US 74 west for approximately 70 miles, and then turn north onto US 129. Take US 129 to Robbinsville, NC. Merge onto NC-143. Follow NC-143 for 12 miles to the beginning of the Cherohala Skyway at Santeetlah Gap.

From Knoxville, TN to Cherohala Skyway:
Take I-75 southwest to Sweetwater. Get on TN-68 and go south-west to Tellico Plains. Take TN-165 through Tellico Plains to where the byway begins.

From Chattanooga, TN to Cherohala Skyway:
Take I-24 east to I-75. Follow I-75 northeast to Sweetwater. Get on TN-68 and go southeast to Tellico Plains.   Take TN-165 through Tellico Plains to where the byway begins.

Scenic drive from I-75, Cleveland Exit #20
Take Cleveland Exit #20 from I-75 and follow Hwy. 64 E along the Ocoee River and the Ocoee Scenic Byway to Copperhill. Take Hwy. 68 N through Coker Creek and on to Tellico Plains.


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The Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center in Tellico Plains is a "must stop" before starting up the Skyway. Stop by for free maps of the Skyway and the Cherokee National Forest, 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!

Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center

The Tennessee Overhill, tucked into the mountains and river valleys of Southeast Tennessee is dotted with small towns that offer antiques, crafts, outlets, places to spend the night, and places to eat. CLICK HERE FOR A PRINTABLE DETAILED AREA ATTRACTIONS MAP!