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An exceptional climax to beautiful winding trip through the woods

Yes, the road is long and curvy, but the trip and destination (elevation 5345) are worth every... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Tampa, Florida
Storm the Castle at Wayah Bald!

Only a short walk from the parking area to the Old Stone Lookout Tower is well worth the winding... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Cleveland, Georgia
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Nantahala National Forest, Franklin, NC
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yes, the road is long and curvy, but the trip and destination (elevation 5345) are worth every minute. The 360 degree view from atop this recently restored stone fire tower is awesome. The view from Wayah (wolf) Bald is perfect for sunrises, sunsets, and Smoky...More

Thank BobF1947
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Only a short walk from the parking area to the Old Stone Lookout Tower is well worth the winding drive to get here. The best of CCC Architecture and views with 360 degrees of mountain range and placards telling you exactly what you're looking at...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you come in April/May bring a coat. This is so worth the drive! Beautiful views from the tower and surrounding area

Thank Dabrielle W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The views are amazing. 5345 feet above sea level. The tower has been rebuilt since a fire. Some trees near the edge are burnt but still look really cool. The drive up is not for the faint of heart but a lot easier than some...More

1  Thank Kathy M
Reviewed 27 September 2018

My wife and I were going to Murphy, NC and decided to check out the Wayah Bald tower. We were so glad we did! It is a drive, to be sure, and once you get to the entrance you still are not there, as you...More

Reviewed 5 September 2018

This is a great place to visit if you just have a day in Franklin. The views are beautiful the hiking trails around the area are moderate to strenuous. The view stretches for miles on a clear day and it's a great place to take...More

Thank Angelakbd
Reviewed 29 August 2018

I enjoy going to Wayah Bald several times a year. Both the Bartram and Appalachian trails cross this mountain. It is off of Old Murphy Road, about fourteen miles from Franklin. You drive to the summit via a seven mile graded gravel road. I have...More

1  Thank Ken S
Reviewed 29 August 2018

Very easy drive here from Franklin. The views today were a little cloudy yet still spectacular. Easy access to Appalachian Trail so expect to spend a little more added time since it's easy to follow. Yes, it's worth the drive time to see the views!

Thank _cobanco
Reviewed 29 August 2018

Had heard about Wayah Bald and the lookout tower and it being close to Franklin, NC and not a moderate to stenuous hike - my wife and I decided to check it out. It's a lot further out than what you may think and the...More

Thank Terry S
Reviewed 28 August 2018

I brought the grandkids here, hoping to spark their interest taking a nice hike on the Appalachian or Bartram Trail, but the party pooper boys decided to be totally contrary to what I wanted to do on this trip, so I forced them to go...More

Thank Nancy W
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Mark D
10 May 2018|
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Response from burgosa631 | Reviewed this property |
I don't know what you have being reading but when I was there the entire trip was on a gravel road did not encounter mud at all , even if it rains I don't see a problem going there on a motorbike . That is my opinion
5 March 2018|
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Response from Kim G |
No. We are locals and drove 30 minutes on Sunday to find the road closed, on a beautiful, 60° sunny day. Very disappointing.
16 February 2018|
Response from rallwine2000 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it is open. They are rebuilding the tower, so you might not be able to go up in that. But the trails and road are open.