Fly Fishing
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:
  Southeastern Anglers- A Professional Fly Fishing Outfitter for your guided tour needs
Tri-Star Outfitters - Fly Fishing Guides and Big Game Hunts

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.

Tellico Beach Drive-In, on the Tellico River, 1.8 miles east of town square on the Skyway.
Tellico Kats Deli, on the Tellico River, 2 miles east of town square on the Skyway.
Krambonz, next to the Hwy 68 shopping center
Papas Pizza and Subway, in the Hwy 68 shopping center.

In Madisonvillewe've enjoyed:
The Patio Italian restaurant, right on the downtown square across from courthouse. Also, Henry's Casual Cafe and Las Fuentes.

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.


Restaurants
Tellico Plains doesn't have a lot of places to eat, but we do have some very good ones (and places we eat).

Deal's Gap, The Dragon, Tail of the Dragon, US Hwy 129
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.

Cherohala Skyway
(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."

Tellico Plains is home to many great outdoor activities, perfect for your adventure vacation. (Not just motorcyclists)- just page down for the Other Great Activities. We love them all.

Heritage Quilt Trail
Tellico Plains is going "all in" as a destination for quilt trail explorers.  The Farmhouse Inn features "Indian Paintbrush" and you can find many other squares around town and in the region.

Cherohala Biker Gear
For years Tellico Plains had a destination motorcycle riders gear store.  The owner retired, but the store is being resurrected as part of Cherohala Biker Gear (in the Charles Hall Museum gift stores, right across the highway from the Farmhouse).   So far Kristie has top notch gear from Klim, Olympia, First Gear, and plans for luggage from Tourmaster and Wolfman.

Hiking
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 theAppalachian Trail (AT), John Muir Trail, and others through the Cherokee and Nantahala National Forest and the Great Smoky Mountains. 

For more info visitTellico Plains Trail Town.

Whitewater Kayaking and Rafting
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.

Tellico Adventure Trail and Farmhouse Inn Loops
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.

Other Adventure Trails

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. 

Farmhouse Inn

The Tennessee Legend, 455 mile auto/moto discovery route

The Tennessee Legend is a 455 mile route through East Tennessee and the perfect way to see this picturesque and history-filled region.

Bicycling
The Tellico Plains area is also a popular destination for road cycling, including organized events.  The Smoky Mountain Wheelmen organize several events.  This year they have added several rides to the Cherohala Challenge in June.  

June 17,2017, the Cherohala Challenge 2017.

Bed and Breakfast Lodging in Historic Tellico Plains TN