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Excellent trail with many viewing points. Go counter clockwise if you want a gradual climb (less views on the way up) and enjoy the views at the top and on your way down. Steeper steps coming down.

Directions provided don't get you there. Head to Gorges State Park entrance and take a right at the stop sign at Visitors Center. Then the trailhead is a up ahead a bit by the small parking lot. Heavy traffic on Memorial Day but a beautiful fall!!

Loved this trail. Climbed with two little ones - 5 & 2 - and though the little one had to be carried during the steeper parts they did great! Gorgeous views and not too crowded. We were there in November.

Short hike. Bit crowded but great views of falls.

Lots of spots to enjoy the view

We've driven this many times between Franklin and Highlands and the stops along the way on the Cullasaja River never disappoint, no matter what time of year. The waterfalls are awesome from Bridal Veil to Dry Falls to Cullasaja Falls, plus more. I believe the "trail" on the map is the Little Tennessee River Greenway trail, not US 64 between Highlands and Franklin. The full Mountain Waters Scenic Byway is 64.5 miles one way and includes Beechertown and Almond: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5334064.pdf. Don't miss this drive when you get a chance and stop at all the pull-offs for some great views.

One of my favorites :) Hiking up to Little Green Mountain isn't always easy but SO worth it!

Beautiful! Easy hike with pretty wildflowers. View at the top is spectacular

Probably one of the best places on the southern end of the Appalachian Trail. Certainly the best since leaving Springer. The hike from Tellico is steep but very short. The whole trail is chard from the forest fires, but the tower is in perfect condition. The view is spectacular, and an incredible place for camping. Hidden jewel of North Carolina.

Excellent hike with lots of shelters on the way with opportunities to replenish water. There's a short side trail towards Tellico Gap up to Rocky Top that provides good views if isn't too hazy. Very short and worth the detour. Would highly recommend this hike, especially trying to catch sunrise at Wayah.

the trail head at the wayah gap picnic area is awesome. you have 2 easy miles up to the mile high siler bald. sit at the top and collect your thoughts for a while. i encountered 3 humans and no animals. it was a great day to be here.