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Cherokee, North Carolina - Scenic Drives

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Scenic drives to consider in the Cherokee area are listed below. Click on any scenic byway or backway listed below for complete information.

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  • 45 minutes
  • 31 miles (49 km)

This byway takes its name from an old fiddle tune called "The Black Mountain Rag". A 'rag' is a piece of music with multiple twists and turns, and that description also applies to this byway.The route begins at exit 64 off 1-40 near Black Mountain, resort community named for the Mountain range that ...

  • 2 hours to drive the Byway
  • 42.95 miles (69 km)

I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree. The poet Joyce Kilmer, honored by the nearby Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest in North Carolina, penned this famous line many years ago. Experience first-hand the towering trees this poem pays tribute to by traveling the Cherohala Skyway in North C...

  • 20 minutes
  • 10 miles (16 km)

As a passageway for marketbound farmers, Drovers Road was a place that early eastern settlers "drove" their flocks and livestock through.Drovers Road remains a unique site today passing through Hickory Nut Gap. This is one of the only two gaps in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and visitors are sure to se...

  • 2 hours
  • 65 miles (104 km)

Along the twisty roads of North Carolina, you'll find over a million acres of thick forest growth to explore on Forest Heritage Scenic Byway. Plentiful opportunities for historical experiences, outdoor recreation, and local culture await you along this vibrant byway.Start off your trip by visiting t...

  • 25 minutes
  • 17 miles (27 km)

Just outside the Blue Ridge Parkway, the French Broad Overview is a popular biking route that runs uninterrupted along 17 miles of scenic beauty. The French Broad River runs through the area, spicing up the region with a splash of water adventure. The road passes through several towns and a railroad...

  • Two hours
  • 60 miles (96 km)

Travel this beautiful section of the Nantahala Gorge where history meets industry in the forested areas of western North Carolina. The Indian Lakes Scenic Byway will take drivers on a journey through an area of meaningful names just itching to tell a story. The Indian Lakes Scenic Byway will also ta...

  • 45 minutes
  • 18 miles (29 km)

Also known as the Yonahlossee Trail, the Little Parkway travels through undeveloped wilderness areas in the Pisgah National Forest.The road was constructed in 1889 by man and mule for a toll road and was the link between Blowing Rock and Linville until 1987 when the Linn Cove Viaduct was completed o...

  • Allow 3 to 5 hours to tour this Byway.
  • 61 miles (98 km)

Located in western North Carolina, this byway offers a year-round visual experience. The first part of this 61.3-mile trail travels through the Cullasaja Gorge, paralleling the Cullasaja River. Along this roadway, you will see beautiful waterfalls, such as Bridal Veil Falls, Dry Falls, and Cullasaja...

  • 1.5 hours
  • 43 miles (69 km)

Embedded in the Nanatahala National Forest are 43 miles that make up the Nantahala Scenic Byway. This byway is named for Nantahala Gorge, and passes through 20 miles of it.As a world-class white water rafting spot, Nantahala Gorge attracts visitors year-round. Canoeing and Kayaking enthusiasts find ...

  • 3.5 hours
  • 98 miles (157 km)

This aptly named byway winds its way through "the land of waterfalls". Beginning north of Rosman, North Carolina, the byway route passes through lands full of scenic wonder and historical significance. Bridal Veil Falls is a spectacular, 120 foot drop into the Cullasaja River below and nearby Dry ...

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