The wife and I took a short trip to Bryson City, NC and rode the Cherohala Skyway recently. We took a scenic route out of SC on SC 28 (Moonshiner). We stopped at Bridal Veil Falls; BTW for those of you that have been there, you can no longer ride under the falls.
We took SC 28 all the way up to US74 which we took over to Bryson City, NC. This is a quaint little village west of Cherokee, NC that has quite a few restaurants, a couple microbrewery's, is home to the Smokey Mountain RR, and a very motorcycle friendly town. One sight to see if you visit Bryson City, is the "Road to Nowhere." https://www.greatsmokies.com/gsmnp/road-nowhere.html
Anyway, my main goal in taking this little trip was to take the wife on the Cherohala Skyway, as she has never been on it before. In the past we had ridden the Moonshiner, The Tail of the Dragon, Cherokee, Gatlinburg, Maggie Valley, etc, but had managed to always miss the Skyway. So we took off for the Cherohala Skyway, from Robbinsville, NC to Tellico Plains, TN.
We had a blast and must have stopped at every single turnout to check out the view. There was hardly any traffic on the Skyway except for motorcycles and really not many of those. However, of the motorcycles we saw, there was an abundance of what I would call "pocket bikes," you know the ones that look like a crotch rocket, only smaller. The riders were all decked out in what looked like superbike racing gear, but on bikes that were about a quarter of the size of a regular street bike.
The weather was just beautiful and so was the riding. If you do ride the Skyway, one thing that is a must see is the Bald River Falls. The exit for it is close to the Tellico Plains side of the Skyway.
The next day we took a short trip over to Maggie Valley and spent several hours at the "Wheels Through Time" museum. What a great place to visit if you have never been there and even if you have, subsequent visits are still nice.
Here are a few pics from our trip.