Main Street To Mountains

From Athens to Robbinsville

This scenic drive referred to as the main street to the mountains stretches from Athens, TN to Robbinsville, NC.

Contact

Robbinsville, NC
4 Court Street
Robbinsville, NC 28771
(828) 479-3250

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Directions – Take Exit 49 off I-75 at Athens, TN onto Hwy 30 East to Etowah. Turn right onto Hwy 411 South, then turn left onto Hwy 310 (310 becomes Hwy 39) into Tellico Plains. Turn right onto Hwy 68 South for ¼ mile then turn left onto Hwy 165 which becomes the Cherohala Skyway. From Tellico Plains, follow the Cherohala Skyway (TN Hwy 165/NC Hwy 143) for approximately 50 miles to Robbinsville, NC.

Recommended Side-Trip – After leaving Tellico Plains, and before making the big climb on the Cherohala Skyway, turn right onto FS 210 (Tellico River Road) and ride alongside the Scenic Tellico River up to Bald River Falls, a spectacular waterfall.  Options – At Robbinsville, you can double back to Tellico Plains over the Cherohala Skyway, or pick up Hwy 129/74 South to Murphy, NC or Hwy 74 North to Cherokee, NC.

Scenery – Between Athens & Etowah is a great view of Starr Mountain, providing a glimpse of what lies in store. From Etowah to Tellico Plains the tree-line road winds though farmland & lush green mountain knobs. At Tellico Plains you begin your climb to over 5,000 ft. on the Cherohala Skyway, the best long stretch of touring road in the southeast. The Skyway passes through the Cherokee and Nantahala National Forests – thus the name “Cherohala,” offering magnificent views.

What People Are Saying

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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.

Road trip

Linda, NC.

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!

Unbelievable beauty

dbauman, TN

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.

Gorgeous views

Mike, AL.

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.

Awesome road and view

Illinois

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.

Beautiful

Bruce, MS.

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Places to stay near here

FIND COMFORT NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE

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!

Days Inn

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Scottish Inn

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I-75 Campground

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Comfort Inn

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America’s Best Value

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Hampton Inn

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Over-Niter RV Park

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Super 8

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Econo Lodge

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