Wayah Bald Nantahala National Forest, NC
miles
LENGTH 0.3 MILES
DIFFICULTY 0.4 Easy
DURATION 20 minutes
ELEVATION GAIN
40
feet
TRAIL TYPE
There And
Back Again
Wayah Bald

You don't always have to make a grueling trek up a mountain for an amazing view. Wayah Bald lookout tower is proof of this. Offering astounding views in all directions from the end of a short paved path, Wayah Bald is a great choice when you're just looking for a quick adventure. However, you may find yourself asking, do you even hike?

Beginning at the parking lot, walk down the road to where you passed the trailhead just before entering the lot. A short paved path leads all the way to the lookout tower. Both the Appalachian Trail and the Bartram Trail share this section. Two paved trails on the left form a small loop along the way for you to explore or just stay straight.

Arriving at the tower, you'll be rewarded with near 360-degree views from the top of the stone lookout tower and the viewing platform below. From here, you'll be able to see an astounding amount of other popular hiking destinations, including Albert Mountain, Cheoah Bald, Rabun Bald, Scaly Mountain, Siler Bald, Standing Indian Mountain and Whiteside Mountain to name a few.

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Elevation Map Length (miles) by Elevation (feet)
Slope Breakdown
Elevation Gain
Elevation Range
Grade Range
Length
Elevation Gain
0 - 250 ft/mi
~ 0 - 5 %
289 ft
8 ft
250 - 500 ft/mi
~ 5 - 10 %
418 ft
34 ft
500 - 750 ft/mi
~ 10 - 15 %
0 ft
0 ft
750 - 1000 ft/mi
~ 15 - 20 %
0 ft
0 ft
1000+ ft/mi
~ 20+ %
29 ft
13 ft
For out-and-back hikes, elevation loss is the same as the gain.
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Details
length0.3 miles
difficulty0.4 Easy
duration20 minutes
features Dog Friendly  History  Summit  Views 
trail typeThere And Back Again
blazeWhite (AT)
elevation gain40 ft.
park/forestNantahala National Forest
ranger districtNantahala Ranger District
90 Sloan Road
Franklin, NC 28734
828-524-6441
parking feeNone
trailhead coordinates 35.178285, -83.562564 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 35°10.7, W 83°33.75 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 35°10'42'', N 35°10'42'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
Trailhead Directions
35.178285, -83.562564 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 35°10.7, W 83°33.75 most GPS units use this one
N 35°10'42'', N 35°10'42'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
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Wayah Bald Road / FS 69 is gravel but is fine for low ground clearance vehicles.
Parking Capacity
20-25 vehicles.
Notes
Wayah Bald Road / FS 69 is closed seasonally from January 1 - April 1.
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Average Review Rating
5 (1)
hikethesouth-11 months ago
A Must Stop
This is a must stop destination if you're not in for a big hike. The short paved path is great for everyone. No experience needed.
Easy | Hiked Winter 2019
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