TENNESSEE: Cherohala Itinerary

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Below is a brief description of our Cherohala bike tour itinerary, including links to interactive route maps with elevation profiles. PLEASE NOTE: All of our routes can be adjusted to make them more or less challenging. With the support of our SAG vehicle, we can provide a variety of starting and finishing points on each day to provide a customized ride.

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Ride the Cherohala Skyway from Tellico Plains in Tennessee to Santeetlah Lake in North Carolina, an incredible climb and fast descent that offers beautiful backroad scenery as well as wide-open stunning vistas. Celebrate the ride with happy hour and dinner by the Cheoah River at the Historic Tapoco Lodge.


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Enjoy a beautiful and challenging 33-mile loop that leaves straight from the front door of the Lodge and showcases the beauty of the land between Santeetlah and Fontana Lakes. Relax riverside at the Tapoco Lodge before heading over to Fontana Lake in the afternoon for some exploration.


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Take on the Cherohala Skyway from the other direction, a completely different experience with a (relatively) gentler grade for the climb up the North Carolina side and a screaming descent down into Tennessee. Finish the ride with a photo op at the impressive Bald River Falls before a celebratory final lunch in Tellico Plains.

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