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Wayah Bald Lookout Tower

Nantahala National Forest, Franklin, NC
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Worth the drive

I had talked myself out of going but got talked back into it thanks to the woman at the visitor... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
EDF1958
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Melbourne, FLA
Family Fun Wayah Bald Tower

Whether you like hiking or want a good family outing don't miss out on visiting this historical... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
melissacY4268FR
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Live Oak, United States
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Nantahala National Forest, Franklin, NC
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"gravel road"
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"appalachian trail"
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"breathtaking views"
in 7 reviews
"long range views"
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"forest fires"
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"don't forget your camera"
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"sunny day"
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"wayah bald"
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"last fall"
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"ranger station"
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"walk up"
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"long drive"
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"nice hike"
in 4 reviews
"western north carolina"
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"parking lot"
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"picnic area"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I had talked myself out of going but got talked back into it thanks to the woman at the visitor center. The 4 miles of gravel road is very hard packed and not dusty. No problem in an 8 year old sedan. The view is...More

Thank EDF1958
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Whether you like hiking or want a good family outing don't miss out on visiting this historical site.

Thank melissacY4268FR
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A 45 minute drive from Franklin (most of those minute on the last 10 miles, it seems) takes you to the tower. The 4-mile drive up the gravel road was easy! Once there, you have a 100 yard walk up a paved path to the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I stayed in Franklin and if you are in the area, you should definitely make a stop. The drive itself is beautiful but keep in mind that there are a lot of switchback roads and you drive for several miles along a...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On a clear day you almost can see forever. I never cease to be amazed at the shapes of the mountain peaks. The colors as the seasons change and the absolute silence. Just close your eyes and take a deep breathe then exhale your tension...More

Thank fionad1382018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful place however GPS mislead us we got a locals advice on how to locate the correct path. Once we found it it rained but we were able to experience what it feels like to be high up into a cloud high up into the...More

Thank Victoria C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you visit, bring some snacks for the thru hikers, it will be greatly appreciated. Be a trail angel!

Thank bksilver
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Even though the rain had caused us to negate walking to a water fall, we elected to drive on up to the lookout tower. This requires several miles of travel via curvy mountain roads, paved and unpaved. The unpaved road had a very good base...More

1  Thank Tim L
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This stone fire tower sits on Wayah Bald. There is parking and bathrooms nearby. The Appalachian Trail and the Bartram trails cross at the tower. The tower is well interpreted, providing some natural history as well as American history of the area and the tower....More

Thank Anthony P
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A bout 5 miles of narrow dirt/gravel road to Wayah Bald tower is worth the time and effort. The views are great from the surrounding area as well as from the top of the tower. A lot of butterflies feeding on the plants on the...More

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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
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kcsdtypist
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.
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carleaj
16 February 2018|
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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.
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