Driving the Cherohala skyway on a lovely morning

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With Joe at the Tail of the Dragon overlook

Saturday arrived and I would finally have the chance to tour the Knoxville area a little bit. I had been recommended to visit the town of Gatlinburg, but for what I saw in the internet, it looked way too touristy for me and I wanted something more natural. A guy from the conference recommended me to tour the Cherohala skyway, a touristic 60 mile long drive with a lot of scenic points. I thought it was a great idea!

So then me and Joe, a friend I had met at the conference headed towards the skyway at about 9 AM. We started the journey at Tellico Plains, a town about 70 miles southwest of Knoxville. The first stop on our way was the beautiful Bald River Falls, a small cascade a few miles away from the main Cherohala skyway road (HW-165).

Amazing view of the Tail of the Dragon overlook
We ate our sandwiches in a picnic place nearby, and then returned to the main route. Our second stop was Oosterneck Creek, a beautiful scenic point of the Smoky Mountains. Then, we went to the Indian Boundary Campground, in which we walked by a gorgeous lake. The walkway was a bit muddy, it felt like a swamp sometimes! There we met a couple of locals which recommended us a great highlight of our tour: the Look Rock at the Foothills Parkway.

After stopping at a few other locations in the skyway we arrived to Robbinsville, my first stop ever in North Carolina. There was not much of interest in the town, so we resumed our road now through the “Tail of the dragon” and zigzaggy road up the Smoky Mountains Park. The view at the Tail of the Dragon overlook was breathtaking. After an hour and a little headache we finally arrived to Foothills Parkway. It was not difficult to find the famous Look Rock from where we had a majestic view of the mountains on one side and Knoxville on the other. Well worth the ride. And so it ended the daytime part of the trip.

montecarlostar says:
Hey thanks a lot buddy! I am glad you liked them!
Posted on: May 04, 2010
victorjunior says:
Amazing photos! Great job on this blog there TravBuddy! Namaste Victor Junior
Posted on: May 04, 2010
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With Joe at the Tail of the Dragon…
With Joe at the Tail of the Drago…
Amazing view of the Tail of the Dr…
Amazing view of the Tail of the D…
The Smoky Montains in Tennessee an…
The Smoky Montains in Tennessee a…
Map showing Knoxville, Tellico Pla…
Map showing Knoxville, Tellico Pl…
The Cherohala skyway map
The Cherohala skyway map
The Tail of the dragon - 318 cur…
The "Tail of the dragon" - 318 cu…
Our circuit (Knoxville - Tellico P…
Our circuit (Knoxville - Tellico …
Entering the forest
Entering the forest
Me at Bald river falls
Me at Bald river falls
Bald river falls
Bald river falls
Me at Bald river falls
Me at Bald river falls
Bald river falls
Bald river falls
Bald river falls
Bald river falls
The view from Oosterneck Creek
The view from Oosterneck Creek
Me at Oosterneck Creek
Me at Oosterneck Creek
With the sun behind me!
With the sun behind me!
Joe at Oosterneck Creek
Joe at Oosterneck Creek
The lake at the Indian Boundary Ca…
The lake at the Indian Boundary C…
The lake at the Indian Boundary Ca…
The lake at the Indian Boundary C…
Me at the lake
Me at the lake
Some other sights from the Cheroha…
Some other sights from the Cheroh…
Some other sights from the Cheroha…
Some other sights from the Cheroh…
Still some ice at some places!
Still some ice at some places!
We stopped here to recover a bit f…
We stopped here to recover a bit …
With Joe at the Tail of the Dragon…
With Joe at the Tail of the Drago…
More Tail of the Dragon overlook
More Tail of the Dragon overlook
More Tail of the Dragon overlook
More Tail of the Dragon overlook
View from the Foothills Parkway
View from the Foothills Parkway
View from the Foothills Parkway
View from the Foothills Parkway
Joe at the Foothills Parkway
Joe at the Foothills Parkway
Me at the Foothills Parkway
Me at the Foothills Parkway
Way to the Look Rock
Way to the Look Rock
View from the look Rock at the Foo…
View from the look Rock at the Fo…
View from the look Rock at the Foo…
View from the look Rock at the Fo…
View from the look Rock at the Foo…
View from the look Rock at the Fo…
Me at the look Rock at the Foothil…
Me at the look Rock at the Foothi…
Me at the look Rock at the Foothil…
Me at the look Rock at the Foothi…
Joe at the look Rock at the Foothi…
Joe at the look Rock at the Footh…
Tellico Plains
photo by: montecarlostar