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Wayah Bald Lookout Tower

Nantahala National Forest, Franklin, NC
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What A View!!!!

After driving on a curvy road for 8 miles, we took a gravel road for another 4.5 miles. The gravel... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
DEBORAH H
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WILMINGTON
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Worth the drive

Winding roads and hills. A little narrow in some spots but not scary. Parking and a restroom up... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
R C
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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"
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"long range views"
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"don't forget your camera"
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"worth the trip"
in 10 reviews
"oncoming traffic"
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"national forest"
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"forest fires"
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"short walk from the parking lot"
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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"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After driving on a curvy road for 8 miles, we took a gravel road for another 4.5 miles. The gravel road was easily driven on in our Camaro but don't expect to drive fast. Once you arrive at the top, we found burnt trees but...More

1  Thank DEBORAH H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Winding roads and hills. A little narrow in some spots but not scary. Parking and a restroom up top. Short walk to the tower. Great views all around. I found it exciting to see the Appalachian Trail which cuts across the top right past the...More

Thank R C
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The gravel rd that you can take to the parking area is in good shape most of the time. From the parking lot there is a short walk on a paved trail to the lookout tower. The fires in 2016 burned the roof off the...More

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Reviewed 3 March 2018

when we visited there was a roof on the upper portion. Unfortunately forest fires in fall, burnt this down. Currently under construction for replacement roof. The fall colors are spectacular from this vantage point.

Thank SisterJane
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

As you ascent the well maintained, gravel road to the top of Wayah Bald, be sure to stop and see the picture boards and read about the people who, before automobiles, made the trek in mule drawn carriages to hold church services there at sunrise....More

1  Thank Pamela C
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Reviewed 20 January 2018

We made the drive up to Wayah - honestly I did not find the road as challenging as some have mentioned. You do quite a bit of gravel and there are a few rough and harrowing spots but passable in all cars I would think....More

1  Thank Ron B
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Reviewed 14 January 2018

If you are the kind of traveler that like mountains do not leave Franklin without taking a drive to the wayah bald tower . the drive up the mountain to get to it is by itself an adventure. and then the views once you get...More

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Reviewed 20 December 2017 via mobile

Breathtaking views!! Even the drive is spectacular!! The drive is a windy, narrow, gravel road. Just take your time and enjoy the trip to the top...it is worth the drive!! Area is well maintained!! They even have restrooms at the top!!

Thank Melissa C
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Reviewed 16 December 2017 via mobile

Thought we would give this restaurant another shoot which is not like me. But I am glad I did. It has come a long way in a short time. I hope they keep up the great work.

Thank gweikel2017
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Reviewed 27 November 2017 via mobile

We went based on reviews and were not disappointed. It’s free, fun and beautiful. It you want to escape the tourist traps and enjoy beauty this is the spot to see. Great hidden gem.

Thank Anna L
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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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