Cherohala Skyway (Tennessee and North Carolina)
Though it’s frequently tackled by motorcyclists as part of a giant loop that includes the far more infamous “Tail of the Dragon,” the Cherohala Skyway actually claims more lives than its seductively named counterpart. And while body counts usually doesn’t lure us to roads, here’s what we do dig about the 43-mile scenic byway that links Tellico Plains, Tennessee with Robbinsville, North Carolina: It soars nearly 6,000 feet into the North Carolina mountains then plunges deep into the lush forested outback of Tennessee. This one-two punch of elevation changes keeps you calculating your braking points and apexes, just like you’re on a race track. Add “Tail of the Dragon,” which starts at Deal’s Gap, and you’ve got yourself one entertaining afternoon of vehicular flogging.
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