Unicoi Crest / 
South View Maps

 
     
       
   
 
The Cherohala Skyway is a beautiful skyline drive through the Cherokee National Forest on the TN/NC border. SMAS presently frequents two overlooks for star parties: Unicoi Crest and an anonymous overlook we term "South View" (because it faces toward the south). Click here to check our latest star party schedule. Maps and directions are included below. Some first-time visitors have tried to use GPS systems for a "shorter" route. Please be assured that SMAS members have tested all routes and the directions we provide below are the quickest (if not the shortest) routes available.

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Directions from Maryville:
Take 411S to Madisonville. Turn left on Hwy 68S (Cherohala Skyway sign clearly indicates the exit and turn in Madisonville). Proceed to Tellico Plains and turn left on Hwy 165 (Cherohala Skyway turn again clearly marked). Follow Hwy 165 to the NC border. Unicoi Crest is the first overlook after you cross the NC border. Unicoi Crest is approximately 24 miles from the Hwy 165 turn off Hwy 68 in Tellico.

Directions from Knoxville:
Take I-75S to Exit 60 for Sweetwater and turn left on Hwy 68S (signs clearly indicate the Cherohala Skyway turn). Proceed on Hwy 68S through Madisonville to Tellico Plains. Turn left on Hwy 165 in Tellico (Cherohala Skyway turn again clearly marked). Follow Hwy 165 to the NC border. Unicoi Crest is the first overlook after you cross the NC border. Unicoi Crest is approximately 24 miles from the Hwy 165 turn off Hwy 68 in Tellico.

All:
Use the detail map below of the Cherohala Skyway once you pass the Indian Boundary intersection that is approximately 14 miles from Tellico. South View is the overlook just before the large Charles Hall concrete bridge. Zero your trip odometer at the Indian Boundary intersection and use the distances indicated.