Cycling Cherohala Skyway National Scenic Byway from the North Carolina side
Ride 17.9 miles gaining 3,411’ at 2% average grade (many rollers and descents).
Warnings on the way to and at the start of the climb.
This is a magnificent ride, particularly from the North Carolina side. On this ride, like the Blue Ridge Parkway, we have many great viewpoints from which we have excellent views of the surrounding Unicoi Mountains which are a subrange of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Climb begins in North Carolina at a well marked location.
Information board at the start of the ride.
The Cherohala Skyway is relatively new having been built in 1996. The full route from the start in North Carolina to the finish in Tellico Plains Tennessee is 42 miles.
Views along the ride.
WE STOPPED AND DOCUMENTED ALL 11 VIEWPOINTS
Hooper Cove elevation 3100’, mile 1.9
Shute Cove elevation 3550’, Mile 3.1
Obadiah elevation 3740’, mile 4
Wright Creek elevation 4146’, mile 5.5
Huckleberry elevation 5300’, mile 9.2
Hooper Bald elevation 5290’, mile 10.1
Santeetlah elevation 5390’, mile 11
Big Junction elevation 5240’ mile 11.7
Haw Knob elevation 4890’, mile 12.9
Stratton Ridge elevation 4420’, mile 15.8
Eleventh and last viewpoint.
Unicoi Crest elevation 4470’, mile 17.8
The finish is at Beech Gap and the Tennessee/North Carolina border.
When we were here in October, 2020 there was no Tennessee border sign.
Roadway surface and Traffic: The roadway surface is excellent. There is generally no shoulder and moderate traffic on this roadway but it feels like a safe ride.