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The discovered the Cherohala Skyway out of frustration, and it has been one of my favorite drives ever since. The 41-mile road is sprinkled with scenic overlooks, outdoor recreation, and attractions between Tennessee and North Carolina. It’s no wonder I’ve captured so many photos there!
After I road tripped along the Cherohala Skyway, for the second time, I decided to put together some of my favorite photos. Leave me a comment below and tell me which is your favorite!
The first time I drove the Cherohala Skyway I couldn’t actually see the Cherohala Skyway. Twice now I have stopped at the Big Junction Overlook to see nothing but a white wall of nothingness. Welcome to the Skyway!
The Cherohala Skyway isn’t a very high road, but the weather is still different up there. Often times clouds hug the mountains and it can rain at any given moment. But then, there are beautiful days with rainbows and clear blue skies.
Indian Boundary Lake Recreation Area is the only campground on the Cherohala Skyway and it’s amazing. A large beach offers a stunning view of the mountain range while enjoying swimming and kayaking. The campground is peaceful and covered in the shade of trees.
Bald River Falls is a stunning waterfall and one of the most easily accessible in the country. It’s about a fifteen minute drive off the Cherohala Skyway in Tennessee. Park nearby and walk back along the road to the bridge crossing the river just below the waterfall. You’re so close you can actually feel the mist from the waterfall!
Just around the bend in the road from Bald River Falls is Baby Falls. This smaller waterfall can be viewed from high above at the edge of the road near a parking area. During the winter months the water flow is lower and creates a different kind of view.
I visited on a Fourth of July weekend one year and found dozens of kayakers paddling over Baby Falls. They were from Texas, and this was their annual tradition. I think I’m fine just watching them.
Turkey Creek Overlook is my favorite place on the Cherohala Skyway. The view looking west across the Tennessee plains is just amazing. The last time I was up there, I captured a photo of a storm moving across the horizon just before sunset. It was an incredible view that evening!