Help keep our trails and parks open during COVID-19 by committing to social distancing. Some trails or park services may be closed this weekend so check with local authorities before heading out.
Learn more

Appalachian Trail: Wayah Bald to Tellico Gap

hardYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(35)
Nantahala National Forest

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 beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 13.8 mi Elevation gain 3,152 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Backpacking

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Waypoints (0)
Weather
UV Index
Daylight
Reviews (35)
Photos (129)
Recordings (20)
Completed (132)
Hannah Lachmayr
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 1, 2020
Hiking

This was a fun trail but took a little longer than I expected. Some parts were muddy, probably because it rained the night prior. There were a few nice views along the way, but the trail is mostly isolated in the forrest.

View Hannah's Recording
Trina Sneed
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 4, 2020
HikingBlowdownMuddyOff trailRocky

This was a great trail. Not sure I was ready for it though. Coming back out about killed me! Somehow I made the trail longer than it was listed for

View Trina's Recording
Cory Roppel
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJuly 2, 2020
Hiking

Great trail! CORRECTION is needed as the Hike is Wayah Bald to Tellico Bald. Description says Wayah Bald to Tellico GAP and back. However the 13.8 mile out and back is from Wayah Bald to Tellico BALD... Tellico Gap is a couple miles further which would add 4-5 miles to your out and back hike.

Ricardo Solorzano
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 28, 2020
HikingMuddyRocky

Can’t even begin to explain the views, and the forest is lush and full of flowers. Highly recommended! Did a family hike (13, 11, 6), and everyone had a blast!

View Ricardo's Recording
Craig Orange
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarFebruary 22, 2020
HikingIcyMuddy
View Craig's Recording
Don Riddick
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJune 17, 2019
Hiking

You can start at Tellico gap for a 6 mile in and back to Rocky Bald. The bald has a campsite and three stunning viewpoints. I’ll post a pic. The incline/decline to tellico gap is 10-15 degrees, for about an hour. Narrow, but good loamy earth. We saw a bear cub and birds, and a dribbling water source 3/4 up the trail. Likely seasonal. It’s a hard trail but worth it.

Ren R
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 23, 2018

Panoramic views.

James Summers
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 7, 2018
Hiking

I just hiked this trail all the way to the N.O.C. Did it in two days my first time hiking any off the Appalachian trail. It was amazing

Cody Cummings
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMay 5, 2018
Backpacking

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.

Patricia Garner
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMarch 24, 2018

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.

Nate Maiwald
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 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.

Gail Ledford
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 13, 2017
Hiking

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.

Jimmy Kelly
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 22, 2016
Hiking

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.

ea three
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 4, 2015
First to Review

Delicious

Jon Richardson
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 6, 2020
Hiking
View Jon's Recording
Scott Sanders
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarJuly 4, 2020
Hiking
View Scott's Recording
Christian Stetts
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJune 25, 2020
Hiking
View Christian's Recording
Scott Sanders
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJune 16, 2020
Hiking
View Scott's Recording
Sang Lee
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 29, 2019
Hiking
View Sang's Recording
Els C.
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 29, 2019
Hiking
View Els's Recording
young chon
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 29, 2019
Hiking
View young's Recording
Isaiah Gibbs
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJuly 6, 2019
Hiking
View Isaiah's Recording
Jessica Tavano
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJune 16, 2019
Hiking
Jordyn Lyn
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 27, 2019
Hiking
View Jordyn's Recording
Mark A
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 26, 2019
Hiking
Showing results 1 - 25 of 35