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Nantahala Byway

This enchanting road between Whittier and Marble on US 74 takes travelers through 43 miles of the Nantahala National Forest, with 20 miles of it passing through the deep and scenic Nantahala Gorge. As a world-class whitewater rafting river, the Nantahala River attracts canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts as well. Travelers on this Scenic Byway can explore the Gorge itself or visit nearby destinations such as the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Fontana Lake, and Cherokee, NC.

Length: 43 miles
Drive Time: 1.5 hours

For a detailed driving route and map, download the NC Department of Transportation’s Scenic Byways guide.