We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Wayah Bald Lookout Tower

Nantahala National Forest, Franklin, NC
Review Highlights
Stunning views

Beautiful overlook of the valley! However the drive is very twisty and on a gravel road... keep... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Wilmington, North Carolina
via mobile
View of countu

Beautiful view of franklin and Macon county. Nice drive. Picnic area. Good for picture taking... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Franklin, North Carolina
via mobile
Read all 210 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent81%
  • Very good16%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“gravel road” (24 reviews)
“parking area” (17 reviews)
Nantahala National Forest, Franklin, NC
Write a Review
Reviews (210)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 210 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful overlook of the valley! However the drive is very twisty and on a gravel road... keep going it’s worth it at the top! There are places to stop on the way up for hikes too!

Thank salinalocke
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful view of franklin and Macon county. Nice drive. Picnic area. Good for picture taking. Good trip for family.

Thank vickih8282017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stunning beauty! If u haven't visited here. Please make it happen if possible. The view is breath taking. And a nice hike to the tower as well.

Thank renatruex
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The drive up is pretty but about half-way up the paved road becomes narrow, gravel, rough. The tower and many of the trees up there were burned in a fire last year. The view was nice but all things considered, I probably won't go again....More

Thank jaxjohnson
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Unless you are hiking up on the AT driving is easy and pretty straight forward on a dirt road. There's a short path to the tower itself from the parking lot. If it's a clear day long range views are amazing. Also on the way...More

Thank Doubleplay4
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The trip up was breathtaking. Narrow winding mountain road with abrupt drop off. 4 miles nearest the top dirt road with minimal room, cars had to stop so oncoming traffic could go by. Pretty fall colors on the way up. Can not take pics though,...More

Thank FaithLadyMAC
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We are Leaf Lookers and come to this area in October but venture further north for our outings so we had never been here. It was spectacular! The incredible vista is well worth the drive and short uphill walk.

Thank Jack-n-Jill-1
Reviewed 17 October 2017

great views, you'll love this place, has bathrooms, you can drive to the tower and see views people hike to,

Thank jamescatalfamo
Reviewed 25 September 2017

Pretty popular site as you can tell by the amount of foot traffic and it connects up with the AT. Amazing view and well worth the drive up. Definitely should be on your list of places to visit.

Thank LavFam
Reviewed 10 September 2017

A spiritual experience for certain. Reset my system, went on the first day of Autumn weather, crisp bright and beautiful. Felt in a zen state after my family left. Amazing. Definitely go.

Thank 162aubreyh
Nearby Restaurants
Lakes End Cafe & Grill
47 reviews
7.34 km away
Wayah Cafe
9 reviews
8.57 km away
Fat Buddies Ribs & BBQ
389 reviews
14.84 km away
Rizzo's Bakery and Bistro
30 reviews
15.81 km away
Nearby Attractions
Lakes End Marina
19 reviews
7.34 km away
Mason's Ruby & Sapphire Mine
357 reviews
4.83 km away
Rufus Morgan Falls
37 reviews
4.32 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
michael o
15 August 2017|
AnswerShow all 8 answers
Response from Kate J | Reviewed this property |
That would be an awesome view! It may be VERY busy.
Joseph C
10 April 2017|
Response from Shanon911 | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is open and you will love the view!,