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Ride 5
Home Up Clingman's Dome

 

Cherohala Skyway and Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge Ride

 

This ride will take you through the Great Smoky Mountain National Park into Tennessee and back through the Cherohala Skyway and Robbinsville area.

 

Begin by heading north on 19 from Maggie Valley into Cherokee (about 15 miles).  In Cherokee, you will turn right onto 441 north, towards the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  There is a visitors center at the entrance to the Park that is very interesting.  Now head north on 441 on through the Park.  At the top (Newfound Gap), you have the option of touring Clingman's Dome. Continue north on 441 into Gatlinburg.  You can stop here if you like, or continue on into Pigeon Forge.  Again, you can stop if you like.  Find 321 and head towards Townsend and Maryville.  You'll pass through Townsend and by the Foothills Parkway.  Continue into Maryville where you'll pick up 411 South.  Take this until you reach 360 South towards Tellico Plains.  When you reach 165, head east, and this will put you on the Cherohala Skyway.  When you reach the North Carolina border, the road will change to 143, and will wind up at 129, near Robbinsville.  Take 129 through Robbinsville, and hook up with 19(/74/23).  Head east.  You can either take 441 north into Cherokee and hook back up with 19 and head north to Maggie Valley, or take the 4 lane through Sylva into Waynesville.  Just look for the Maggie Valley exit.