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Go one time

You really should go see the view from that vantage point at least one time. Nothing to do there... read more

Reviewed 10 December 2018
Franklin, North Carolina
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Great view for a Picnic

Lovely respite stop for a picnic and refreshing. We met many thru hikers and stretched our legs on... read more

Reviewed 25 November 2018
Tampa, Florida
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“gravel road”(34 reviews)
“parking area”(18 reviews)
Nantahala National Forest, Franklin, NC
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All reviews gravel road appalachian trail parking area degree view views are spectacular long range views forest fires short walk from the parking lot vantage point mountain range hairpin turns wayah bald several miles last fall ranger station oncoming traffic sunny day
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Hard to find. Don’t use the directions link in the app. We went on a foggy day but it was still interesting. Couldn’t see anything and the road was very slippery.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 231debbyc
Reviewed 10 December 2018 via mobile

You really should go see the view from that vantage point at least one time. Nothing to do there but quite a view.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank dkpruitt
Reviewed 25 November 2018

Lovely respite stop for a picnic and refreshing. We met many thru hikers and stretched our legs on the nearby trail.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 24 November 2018

This is a gorgeous place to visit on a clear day. I believe you can see three states from the tower. I believe it is NC, TN and GA. The tower has changed since the fires that burned the structure but it is still beautiful....More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank SharaPost151
Reviewed 6 November 2018

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

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank BobF1947
Reviewed 3 November 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Captain_Dann
Reviewed 2 November 2018

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

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Dabrielle W
Reviewed 24 October 2018 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

Date of experience: October 2018
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

Date of experience: September 2018
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

Date of experience: September 2018
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Heidi P
30 December 2018|
Response from Tim L | Reviewed this property |
Not far to walk from parking, but the parking is after negotiating about 6 miles of dirt roads, the last being very narrow. the road base is very solid, even when wet, but extreme caution must be used when meeting oncoming... More
Anne M
27 December 2018|
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Response from NancyW871 | Reviewed this property |
It was fairly rainy on our trip, until we got above the clouds. It is a LONG, hairy drive, but beautiful one you arrive.
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