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 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 flyfishing guides are:
Tellico Outfitters (they also have a supply store in town)
Nationally recognized, local artist, Judy Lavoie, lives and works in Tellico Plains. This art piece features our cat, Roger as the inspiration. See her work here at the Farmhouse Inn and on her website. If you would like to view our small gallery and are not staying with us, please call to make sure we are available. 423-253-3123.
Tellico Grains Bakery, just a few doors down from the Farmhouse on the historic town square.
Peach Street Grill, 2 blocks away in the historic downtown.
Tellicafe, near the intersection of Highways 165 and 68.
Ironworks Grille - on the River
1.7 miles east on the Skyway
Tellico Beach Drive-In, on the Tellico River, 1.8 miles east of town square on the Skyway.
Senor Lopez, at the corner of Mecca Pike and Bank street.
Tellico Outfitters for flyfishing gear and outdoor clothes, shoes and supplies.
Tellico Goods and Gear.
See Starr Mountain Outfitters for outdoor gear and clothing.
Reliance Fly and Tackle for fishing gear.
We have a number of stores in the historic center with local art, gifts, home goods, clothing, books and yoga.
Please help support all our local businesses.
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.
In Madisonville, we enjoy:
Our favorite, Bert's Hometown Grill and Pizzeria on 411.
The Patio Italian restaurant, right on the downtown square across from courthouse.
The Farmhouse Restaurant, family style "meat and three sides."
(several locations in the area).
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.