This route takes you from the Kickstand Lodge up Hwy 28 to the junction with US 129, commonly known as Deal's Gap or The Dragon. Following US 129, you pick up Hwy 72 over to US 411. After a short jaunt down US 411, you pick up Hwy 360 over to Tellico Plains, TN, where you turn onto Hwy 165, which is also known as the Cherohala Skyway. As the Cherohala Skyway crosses into NC, it changes from Hwy 165 to Hwy 143, which will take you into Robbinsville, NC. Coming through Robbinsville, you continue on Hwy 143 which will return you to the Kickstand Lodge.
Total length - 141 miles
Places of interest:
It's always wise to top-off at the Crossroads of Time and then again at the Cherohala Market. Later, gas is available in Robbinsville.
If you've never ridden through Deal's Gap or the Cherohala Skyway, you should spend some time on this website:
Deal's Gap and the Cherohala Skyway are unique roads, appealing to bikers of all types. They each present different types of challenges which most riders don't encounter much, if at all, in their normal riding. The number of biker accidents, injuries and deaths that occur on these two roads each year are testimony to the challenges that await. I cannot stress these points enough....don't overestimate your abilities....be sensible....ride at your own pace....keep a sharp lookout for other bikers, especially sportbikes coming up behind you....watch your mirrors. If you don't, you'll end up as one of the frequent "stastistics".