A 50-mile paved route that winds through the lush Nantahala National Forest along the edge of Great Smoky Mountains National Park past Fontana, Cheoah, and Santeetlah Lakes. This drive is an easy route past three lakes tucked into the lush forested mountains of the Nantahala National Forest and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. If you like water activities such as boating, swimming, and fishing, you could probably spend several days on this drive. This route lies mostly within Graham County, one of the most isolated, least populated, and most scenic counties in North Carolina.
It follows much of the official Indian Lakes Scenic Byway. A few sections are steep and winding and can be somewhat difficult for large trailers and RVs. Special attractions: Fontana Lake, Lake Santeetlah, Lake Cheoah, Nantahala National Forest, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, hiking, horse trails, fishing, boating, scenic views, and fall colors. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
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