This is a beautiful area which I have visited for the past 40 years.
I know Highway 68 very well and enjoy the ride every time.
There is fairly heavy motorcycle traffic during good weather.
The road and ride changes with the season.
In the summer you have hot sticky roads with lush green forests and in the winter the road is slick and the trees are bare.
Starting from the south end of is Farner.
It is nothing more than a left turn onto Highway 68 at an old farm building.
Right away you encounter a fun mix of twists mixed with straight sections to give you a rest.
As you go north you drop into the Hiwassee River Basin where it is a nice place to take a rest at a roadside picnic area and drink from the spring coming from the side of the mountain.
It is also a great place for trout fishing and photography.
From here you climb through some of the area’s oldest forests with big trees.
The trees are tall and the shadows are long so if it is early in the morning or there has been rain, be careful as the road won't dry quickly.
Eventually you get to the high ground and the road continues into Coker Creek.
Coker Creek is a beautiful area around October when the air is cool and the leaves are changing.
There is an October Festival with local artists and merchants celebrating fall as the leaves are changing.
The exact location is marked on Google maps as Coker Creek Village and is obvious due to the greater than 90 degree bend in the road that wraps around the field where the festival is held.
There are more dirt back roads than paved roads in this area allowing for exploring off Highway 68 in many areas.
Most are forest service roads are well maintained and an off road bike would only be needed if taking some of the unmarked jeep trails.
A GPS with a breadcrumb trail is highly recommended if you are getting off the main road.
There are many dead ends and long loops that may keep you out longer than you like.
There is also no cell phone coverage along most of Highway 68 on the south end or around Coker Creek.
You can buy maps of the state forest roads and explore the area for days.
As you leave Coker Creek you are back into the winding roads until you approach Tellico Plains.
About five miles before Tellico, the road opens up to a 4 lane highway and gives you a chance to open up the throttle a little.
In Tellico there is a motorcyclist camp ground on the East side of 68.
The KOA was wiped out by the tornado in 2012.
There are a few restaurants, fuel, ATMs and other amenities.
If you make your first right in Tellico Plains you’ll follow the river for another great ride.
- ECI, Tampa (6/3/12)
Smooth pavement with lots of great banked twisties and sweeping turns.
Light to medium traffic.
Good return road to NC after riding the Cherohala Scenic Highway.
- Rider from Crestview, Florida (11/12/07)