Kyle has put together the Tellico Adventure Trail and quite a few Farmhouse Inn Loops, all centered around Tellico Plains. The TAT is 700 miles and four days of mostly gravel road touring (with alternate routes for road closures due to weather). The Farmhouse Inn Loops have paved road only rides (getting you into the country-side off the main highways), supermoto rides that mix in a few miles of nice gravel roads here and there, and ADV bike rides that are majority gravel forest roads. Many riders have enjoyed the Tellico Adventure Trail so far and you can find reviews on advrider.com forums. See Kyle's video's here on YouTube.
(TN Hwy 165, NC Hwy 143) is a 43-mile National Scenic Byway that connects Tellico Plains, Tennessee, with Robbinsville, North Carolina. Opened and dedicated in fall of 1996, this highway starts at 800 ft. in elevation, and climbs over mountains as high as 5390 ft at Santeetlah Overlook on the state border, with 21 miles of the Skyway in southeast Tennessee and 15 miles in North Carolina. The road crosses through the Cherokee and Nantahala National Forests, thus the name "Chero...hala."
The Trans-America Trail is a 5,000 mile dual sport adventure ride across America. It starts near Tellico Plains. You can read about many epic adventures along this trail on ADVrider forum reports, including my own ride through Colorado and Utah sections in June 2013.
The Smoky Mountain 500 is a 3 day 500 mile adventure bike loop around TN/NC/GA area. The Cherokee and Nantahala National Forests are full of beautiful gravel roads running along river bottoms, to mountain peaks, and through the serene forests.
Tellico Plains was designated a "Trail Town" in 2014 by the Southeastern Foot Trails Coalition (SEFTC) and the Benton MacKaye Trail Association (BMTA) as an exceptional location to visit for these activities. Also nearby are the Appalachian Trail (AT), John Muir Trail, and others through the Cherokee and Nantahala National Forest and the Great Smoky Mountains.
For more info visit Tellico Plains Trail Town.
The Tellico Plains area is also a popular destination for road cycling, including organized events. The Smoky Mountain Wheelmen organize several events. They have added several rides to the Cherohala Challenge in June.
Tellico Plains and East Tennessee (Western North Carolina and North Georgia too) are blessed with many nationally recognized whitewater kayaking and rafting areas. The 1996 Olympic whitewater venue is just a half hour south along the Ocoee River (Toccoa River in Georgia). Rivers closest to Tellico Plains include the Tellico, Ocoee and Hiwasee Rivers. There are many outfitters, easy to find on the web.
The Tellico River is nationally recognized as a premiere trout stream, renowned for brook, brown, and rainbow trout. Trout habitat requirements include water temperatures below 68 degrees, heavy oxygenation and clean, clear water, and these conditions prevail in the Tellico River corridor. Bald River and North River, tributaries of the Tellico, are managed as wild trout streams with brown, rainbow and brook trout.
Local companies are:
Perhaps the most famous motorcycling road in the United States. Running across the border of Tennessee and North Carolina along the southwestern border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. About an hour away from the Farmhouse Inn via the Cherohala Skyway, or a little longer via the fantastic gravel forest roads for you adventure motorcycling types.
Tellico Grains Bakery, just a few doors down from the Farmhouse on the historic town square.
Tellicafe, near the intersection of Highways 165 and 68.
El Jackal, near the post office on Bank St.
Papas Pizza and Subway, in the Hwy 68 shopping center.
Cherohala Biker Gear (in the Charles Hall Museum gift stores, right across the highway from the Farmhouse). Gear from Klim, Olympia, First Gear, and plans for luggage from Tourmaster and Wolfman.
See Starr Mountain Outfitters for outdoor gear and clothing.
Reliance Fly and Tackle for fishing gear.
In Madisonville, we have enjoyed:
The Patio Italian restaurant, right on the downtown square across from courthouse.
Also, Bert's Hometown Grill and Pizzeria and Las Fuentes on 411.
In Etowah we've enjoyed:
The Castillo Mexican restaurant, straight ahead Tex-Mex food.
The Farmhouse Restaurant, family style "meat and three sides."
Over the Cherohala Skyway in Robbinsville, NC:
The Hub is a great coffee/sandwich shop.