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Wayah Bald Lookout Tower

Nantahala National Forest, Franklin, NC
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Amazing Views

We are Leaf Lookers and come to this area in October but venture further north for our outings so... read more

Reviewed yesterday
via mobile

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

Reviewed 5 days ago
Knox, New York
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“gravel road” (24 reviews)
“parking area” (17 reviews)
Nantahala National Forest, Franklin, NC
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Reviewed yesterday 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 5 days ago

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

Thank jamescatalfamo
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Sobering yet still powerful. Images of burnt remnants of trees, mountainsides and the tower itself give one reason to pause and be thankful.

Thank Joel E
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

The labor and task of building the must have been a major project. Fire must have come through here in the past year and stopped at the tower. It must have had a roof at one time, but was burned in a forest fire. The...More

Thank Eric B
Reviewed 3 September 2017

Wow, what a drive. Beautiful flowers, trees, on the ride up. Will be going back. It was a surprise to find a bathroom there as well. Will be back when the tower is done.

Thank rallwine2000
Reviewed 30 August 2017

Just under 14 miles to reach it from US64 and the last 4.5 miles is an unpaved mountain national forest road, but not a bad drive except for the dust. The Appalachian Trail passes through Wayah Bald. The fires of 2016 burned off the roof...More

Thank Lawrence P
Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

Such an awesome view from the tower!!! We were literally in the clouds, even though it was a sunny day. It was really strange to see one side of the mountain burned away, but the other side left completely untouched. Really cool experience, but I...More

Thank Rachel F
Reviewed 26 August 2017

The views are spectacular from this lookout. After the fire last fall, you can see the new growth on the trees. While we were there there were several flowers blooming, with bees and butterfly's. the drive is steep, but can be done in a car...More

Thank Dudette537
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michael o
15 August 2017|
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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!,