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Jetfixer
07-29-2008, 07:49 PM
This is a real nice place in Tellico Plains right near the west end of the Cherohala Skyway. The facilities are fantastic, the owners are wonderful and the cook in their restaurant is the best. The cabins are real nice and cozy too. Threre's a nice little creek along the back of the campground that is guaranteed to put you to sleep. There's a white water rafting place close by too if you're brave. The KLR650 folks have an annual event there. Group photo borrowed from the KLR650 forum.

http://mcscott.com/misc/tn/tn3.jpg

http://www.klr650.net/groupshot.jpg

cherokee_chuck
03-01-2009, 04:07 PM
Mark and Renee are great host of CMR! I've attended all of the TDTs (Tour de Tellico). We are getting together for TDT-IV on May 15-17.


Just a couple of pics of the area

http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n229/cbbarkley/TDT-II%20Scouting/RIMG0006_tag.jpg

http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n229/cbbarkley/TDT-III%20Cherokee%20Run/TDT-IIICherokeeRun001.jpg

http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n229/cbbarkley/TDT-II%20Scouting/RIMG0009_tag.jpg


http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n229/cbbarkley/TDT-II%20Scouting/RIMG0024_tag.jpg

Trailace
03-02-2009, 06:43 AM
Welcome to the site Chuck Great pic's.P^

Ironheadziggy76
03-02-2009, 12:19 PM
Welcome Chuck! I wanted to ride Cherohala last year when we went to Deal's Gap but didn't have the time. I can't help but think it would have been a lot better ride than doing the Dragon. Maybe this spring!

Yamifj1200
03-02-2009, 03:43 PM
Welcome Chuck! I wanted to ride Cherohala last year when we went to Deal's Gap but didn't have the time. I can't help but think it would have been a lot better ride than doing the Dragon. Maybe this spring!


Steve,
The Cherohola is a much better ride than the zoo at Deals Gap. The road is much more like the southern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway. It's wide clean roadway is a joy to ride, with mostly light traffic and much less police pressence than Deals Gap. Over the years and many motorcycle magazine articles DG has become a place to ride to, get a t-shirt, lunch and mabea a pic of yourself riding on the road. For me its become way too crowded, way too busy and a great place to get a ticket by one of many local law officers more than willing to part you with a chunk of your wallet.

I found Deals Gap over 20 years ago when it was the place to ride and see just what abilities you did or didnt have. Those days are long gone for me and my riding style back then. I have a photo from the old days when there was only 3-4 pieces of bodywork on the tree of shame...

http://i662.photobucket.com/albums/uu349/Yamifj1200/Thetreeofshamebackintheolddays.jpg


Now you can't even see the tree. Back then an old man Pete and his wife Dorris owned the Crossroad of Time store and really liked to see motorcyclist's enjoying the area make them a nice sandwich and sell them some gas. Today it has become an oppertunity to make loads of money off of bike riders or anyone willing to buy a piece if the gap.. It's just not the same anymore for me anyway... Heres a photo of our first FJ1200 rally on a friday afternoon just ten years ago.

http://i662.photobucket.com/albums/uu349/Yamifj1200/Theolddays.jpg


Next time your in that area save yourself the hassle of the gap and go enjoy the Cherohola, Im sure you will like it...

Eric

Ripshod
03-02-2009, 06:51 PM
I agree. Most of us jaded old locals have found better twisty roads. I only ride the Gap when I'm with a group of out-of-towners. It's still worth a buzz through if it's your first time in the area and while it sure won't be the best riding of the trip, you probably won't regret it. Worst case scenario, you'll get behind an RV or a new biker who doesn't know how to lean, and you'll get to to look at the scenery on your way through.

On my last Gap ride of '07, when the speed limit was still 35, I got a ticket for going 42. Since then they've dropped the limit to 30.

I've noticed a bit more LEO presence on the Cherohala in the last couple of years. With it's growing popularity the traffic has been increasing lately and with that, a corresponding increase in stupidity.

Trailace
03-02-2009, 06:56 PM
Steve,
The Cherohola is a much better ride than the zoo at Deals Gap. The road is much more like the southern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway. It's wide clean roadway is a joy to ride, with mostly light traffic and much less police pressence than Deals Gap.
Eric

P^------

SageDrifter
10-11-2013, 05:08 PM
Looks like the place is under new management? Still has good reviews from what I can tell. Something thats open year round is interesting, I'm going to try it next week if all goes well.

Does anyone know if its quite and off the road, or is it like Hunt's right off a main road? I doubt 315 is very busy at night anyway. :ear

Dusty Boots
10-11-2013, 05:21 PM
The cabins are further away from the road then at Hunt's and there is very little traffic on that road, especially after the sun goes down, so it should be a lot quieter!

lytle1gw
10-11-2013, 05:24 PM
Its right next to the road.

moodygne
10-11-2013, 07:29 PM
This is where we were going to have the chillout. Then George found out they were hosting another group the same time. He had me check out Hunt's, and you know the rest. I heard they closed. Now open under new owners. I did not see 1 tree on the whole place.
Gary.

SageDrifter
10-11-2013, 08:04 PM
I guess its probably no worse than the Blue Ridge CG right off 276, something like that is fine. I usually stay over in NC, but I just did the Cruso area for a week last month. Hunt's is no shady place either.

I plan on heading up Sunday for the light traffic and staying somewhere at least two nights. I usually just camp in the forest the first night out but, I'm riding with a Honda ST rider who prefers staying on good pavement and requires a hot shower. :)

If all else fails we can go over to IronHorse. But, I need to stay on the TN side Sunday for my friend who is leaving Atlanta in the early afternoon.


Here is some pics of the place: http://www.tellico-plains.com/cherohala-mountain-trails-campground.html