Annual Cherohala Cycling Challenge

On June 14, 2014 for the 14th Annual Cherohala Challenge! It’s a full day of long sweeping corners, majestic views and challenging climbs as riders wind through the Cherokee and Nantahala National Forest. This epic ride winds along the Tail of The Dragon where you’ll snake around 318 curves over an 11-mile span. Merging onto the Cherohala Skyway  the route continuing upward through deeply forested backcountry roads of North Carolina and Tennessee. If you are up to the challenge you’ll climb over 9,000 feet over 115 miles. Rides of 35, 62 and 115 miles will be fully SAG supported with well-stocked rest stops.

The Cherohala Challenge is held each year on the second Saturday in June. Start and finish at the Tellico Plains Visitor’s Center.  For more info: smwbikeclub.org


Memorial Day Weekend Celebration in Coker Creek

On the porch of the
Coker Creek Welcome Center and Heritage Gift Shop 
New Highway 68 at the 34 mile marker
May 24th, 25th, and 26th
from 11am to 3pm.

The Gift Shop recently reopened with all new items. Baked goods, snacks, and refreshments will be available. Proceeds benefit the continuation of the Coker Creek Post Office. Live music, artist demonstration, spinning, and book signings are part of the celebration.

Saturday – May 24th
Entertainment:  Wanda Murphy, Mark West, and John Wyatt
Artist: Judy Long
Book Signing:  Margie Carroll – Children’s books
Spinning: De Dockery
Quilts for Kids Open House

Sunday – May 25th
Entertainment:  Kenneth Gay
Artist: Peggy Gay
Book Signing:  Doc Dockery
Spinning:  De Dockery
Quilts for Kids Open House

Memorial Day – May 26th
Entertainment :  Two Dog Ranch Bluegrass Band
Artist: Kathy Crawford
Book Signings: Joe Shumock and Jack Darnell
Spinning:  De Dockery
Whittlers: Ken Dalton, Buddy Hawk, Jack Wrighter

Partial funding is provided through a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission from the John D. Grubb Fund and Louise G. Sumner Fund for Monroe County of East Tennessee Foundation.


Help Maintain Our Local Trails!

June 7th, 2014, is National Trails Day®, and events are planned across the nation to help maintain hiking and horse trails. With over 200 miles of trails in the Tellico Plains area, Tellico Plains Trails Day needs your help. Come join us!

WHO: Everyone is welcome

WHEN: Saturday June 7, 8am to 5:30pm

WHERE: Meet at picnic area next to the beach at Indian Boundary Campground, off the Cherohala Skyway at Forest Service Road 345

All are welcome for a day of “Paying it Forward” to the Tellico Ranger District of the Cherokee National Forest. Meet at the picnic area next to the beach at Indian Boundary Campground at 8 AM.  Breakfast will be provided by Tellico Grains. Wear long pants, bring a lunch and plenty of water in a day pack. We will break up into crews of 8-10 people to work on a segment of trail somewhere in the local area. Then we will all return to the picnic area for a dinner provided by the Tellico Outpost (pizza) and the Friends of the Cherokee National Forest (burgers, etc). Also upon returning at the end of the day, all participants will receive a free T-shirt commemorating the day. Kids are welcome as well but must be attended by a responsible parent or guardian.

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Tellico Plains, A "TRAIL TOWN"
The Tellico Plains and Coker Creek area is blessed with over 200 miles of hiking, backpacking, equestrian, mountain biking and motorized trail bike trails. Tellico Plains is receiving designation as a Trail Town in 2014 by the Southeastern Foot Trails Coalition and the Benton MacKaye Trail Association as an exceptional location to visit for these activities! Online information and resources for local and out-of-town visitors who are using our area trails is now readily available on the Guide to Tellico Plains. Watch for more events, celebrating this important designation!