Maple Springs Overlook

Robbinsville, NC

This ride will take through The Dragon and back over the Cherohala Skyway. The Maple Springs Overlook is located about five miles past the turn into the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest parking lot. Park in the paved lot, which is literally the “end of the road”. Follow the brand-new composite boardwalk out to the deck, which overlooks the Slickrock Creek basin. The view is spectacular. Lake Santeetlah can be seen from the deck off to the right. The Little Santeetlah Creek watershed feeds into this beautiful lake.

Segment #1

  1. Start at Smoky Mountain HD
  2. Head toward W Lamar Alexander Pkwy. Go for 36 ft.
  3. Turn right onto W Lamar Alexander Pkwy (US-321). Go for 1.4 mi.
  4. Continue on W Lamar Alexander Pkwy (US-321). Go for 1.5 mi.
  5. Turn right onto Montvale Rd (TN-336 S). Go for 0.6 mi.
  6. Turn left onto Boardman Ave. Go for 0.3 mi.
  7. Turn right onto S Court St. Go for 466 ft.
  8. Turn slightly left onto Wilkinson Pike. Go for 4.6 mi.
  9. Turn slightly right onto Butler Mill Rd. Go for 0.2 mi.
  10. Turn slightly left onto Butterfly Gap Loop. Go for 1.0 mi.
  11. Turn right onto Butterfly Gap Rd. Go for 0.5 mi.
  12. Turn slightly right onto Butterfly Gap Rd. Go for 3.1 mi.
  13. Turn left onto Flats Rd. Go for 1.7 mi.
  14. Turn slightly left onto Flats Rd. Go for 1.9 mi.
  15. Turn sharp left onto Happy Valley Rd. Go for 8.2 mi.
  16. Turn left onto US-129. Go for 14.2 mi.
  17. Optional stop Dam Overlook
  18. Continue on Tapoco Rd (US-129). Go for 0.7 mi.
  19. Optional stop Deals Gap
  20. Turn left onto Highway 28 N (NC-28). Go for 8.9 mi.
  21. Turn right onto Welch Rd. Go for 0.2 mi.
  22. Turn right onto Welch Rd. Go for 0.4 mi.
  23. Turn right onto Fontana Hts. Go for 0.1 mi.
  24. Turn right onto Fontana Hts. Go for 0.7 mi.
  25. Turn right onto Rhymers Ferry Rd. Go for 3.6 mi.
  26. Turn left onto Farley Branch Rd. Go for 1.7 mi.
  27. Continue on Old Field Gap Rd. Go for 4.3 mi.
  28. Turn right onto Yellow Creek Rd. Go for 2.3 mi.
  29. Turn left onto Tapoco Rd (US-129). Go for 0.8 mi.
  30. Turn right onto Joyce Kilmer Rd. Go for 0.6 mi.
  31. Turn right onto Joyce Kilmer Rd. Go for 5.1 mi.
  32. Turn right onto Horse Cove R A. Go for 0.2 mi.
  33. Turn sharp right onto Maple Springs Overlook. Go for 4.2 mi.
  34. Arrive at Maple Springs Overlook.

Segment #2

  1. Turn right onto Cherohala Skwy (NC-143). Go for 17.8 mi.
  2. Continue on Cherohala Skwy (TN-165). Go for 22.7 mi.
  3. Optional stop Cherohala Skyway HD Outpost
  4. Turn right onto Highway 360 (TN-360). Go for 10.3 mi.
  5. Keep left onto Ballplay Rd. Go for 4.6 mi.
  6. Turn right onto Griffith Branch Rd. Go for 2.1 mi.
  7. Turn right onto Povo Rd. Go for 3.2 mi.
  8. Turn right onto Niles Ferry Rd. Go for 2.8 mi.
  9. Turn right onto Highway 411 (US-411). Go for 3.6 mi.
  10. Turn right onto Trigonia Rd. Go for 0.6 mi.
  11. Turn left onto Trigonia Rd N. Go for 1.8 mi.
  12. Turn right onto Lee Shirley Rd. Go for 1.6 mi.
  13. Turn left onto Howard School Rd. Go for 1.6 mi.
  14. Turn right onto Thompson Bridge Rd. Go for 0.1 mi.
  15. Turn left onto Nine Mile Rd. Go for 2.4 mi.
  16. Turn slightly right onto Old Niles Ferry Rd. Go for 0.2 mi.
  17. Turn left onto Brick Mill Rd (TN-336). Go for 0.3 mi.
  18. Turn right onto US Highway 411 S (US-411). Go for 3.1 mi.
  19. Turn left onto Binfield Rd. Go for 1.1 mi.
  20. Turn slightly left onto Binfield Rd. Go for 1.2 mi.
  21. Turn right onto Morganton Rd. Go for 1.1 mi.
  22. Turn left onto Clendenen Rd. Go for 1.4 mi.
  23. Turn right onto Heather Glenn Dr. Go for 0.4 mi.
  24. Turn right onto John Sparks Dr. Go for 0.4 mi.
  25. Turn right onto Big Springs Rd. Go for 1.8 mi.
  26. Continue on S Old Glory Rd. Go for 0.6 mi.
  27. Turn right onto W Lamar Alexander Pkwy (US-321). Go for 0.7 mi.
  28. Arrive at Smoky Mountain HD.