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Byway Bookends

Byway Bookends

These Byways Bookend TN Overhill

The Tennessee Overhill region is blessed to have two beautiful byways — one on each side!

Cherohala Skyway
225 Cherohala Skyway
Tellico Plains, TN 37385
(423) 253-8010

Ocoee Scenic Byway
3171 Hwy. 64
Benton, TN 37307
(423) 338-3300

More Information
The Tennessee Overhill is blessed with two Scenic Byways – the Cherohala National Scenic Byway (also know as the Cherohala Skyway) and the Ocoee National Forest Scenic Byway. The Cherohala skirts across the northern border of the Overhill and the Ocoee winds along on the southern border. These byways act as bookends for the Tennessee Overhill Region and offer two very different views of the natural beauty and culture of the area. The flora, fauna, and history of each byway is unique. Rural highways and backroads link these two National Scenic Byways and make for varied and exciting ways to explore the culture, heritage, and scenic beauty of East Tennessee and Western North Carolina. These byways are funded in part by the Federal Highway Administration and National Scenic Byways.

Travel Itineraries – Listed below are itineraries and daytrips to help visitors explore the byways and the communities that lie between as well as the scenic byways found in North Carolina.

  • Cherokee Heritage Trail
  • Crafts Heritage Trail
  • Furs to Factories Heritage Trail

What People Are Saying

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Road trip

Linda, NC.

This was a very beautiful drive. It had a lot of overlooks and the trees were very beautiful. We also rode over to Joyce Kilmer Forest. This was a very nice hike and was amazing to see all the older trees. I would advise to take a bathroom break before the trip across the mountain.

Unbelievable beauty

dbauman, TN

Incredible drive through the Cherokee National Forest. Lots of hiking, waterfalls and mountain streams. Areas of the skyway are rather curvy, so beware. Some like to speed through this area either in road rally’s or on motorcycle. Have seen several severe accidents. A MUST visit for all the beauty!

Gorgeous views

Mike, AL.

We were surprised at how beautiful this route is. Sadly, our trip was cut short from annual undergrowth burning. We will definitely come back this way.

Awesome road and view


Nice smooth road that’s a lot of fun with beautiful sights. There’s plenty of pull offs for photos and small hikes and it makes a really nice scenic drive.


Bruce, MS.

We were in town to view the fall foliage. We hit it just right. This drive is magnificent. Several viewing sights along the way. Take advantage of all if possible.

See For Yourself

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Places to stay near here


The Tennessee Overhill region covers several areas that are full of wonderful places to stay. No matter where you end up, you can rest easy knowing days full of fun and adventure await!


Red Roof Inn

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