tellico plains is a really nice area. we've been through there twice in our Jeeps. Bald River Falls is a good photo spot. i dont think the road is open all the way through anymore based on what i've read.
they closed the "Tellico ORV Area" several years ago, but last I heard, the road that used to be "trail 1" is still an open gravel road from Murphy, NC area (off of Hanging Dog Rd iirc...)