Appalachian Trail: Wayah Bald to Tellico Gap

MODERATE 15 reviews
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Appalachian Trail: Wayah Bald to Tellico Gap is a 13.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Topton, North Carolina that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
13.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3152 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

camping

hiking

forest

views

backpacking
1 month ago

We hiked this section the last weekend of April, and while the daytime temperatures were wonderful for hiking, the temps plummeted at night down to around 30°F. We hiked the trail to the telico bald and back tracked to a camp at Burningtown Gap. If the weather is windy, I would suggest either stopping at the shelter between telico and burningtown, or pass through the burningtown gap and head down to the camp pad with the water source at lick log gap. Since the fires hit this area in 2016, there’s not a lot of foliage yet, so bring some sunscreen. The majority of the hike from Wayah to burningtown is downhill, but you have to make a considerable climb to get to telico, so I suggest stopping for lunch at burningtown if you haven’t already.

3 months ago

The car may of hike more than I did that day. Short hike from the parking lot to the tower. I am excited to go back and hike down to the spring this time.

Monday, May 22, 2017

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.

hiking
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Beautiful drive up to wayah. If you plan to hike, you'll have to choose some of the side Trails once you get there. You drive straight up to the bald.

hiking
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Was super foggy so the views were pretty blocked, but overall an enjoyable hike. Went up to the wesser bald fire tower as well, felt so high up but couldn't see more than 10 feet off the tower.

Saturday, July 04, 2015

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