Appalachian Trail: Winding Stair Gap to Siler Bald is a 9.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Franklin, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

9.6 miles
2,080 feet
Out & Back

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14 days ago

Did this hike in early November 2018.... Great five mile climb that is moderately difficult, last quarter of a mile is the toughest. The mileage is wrong as it is calculated using GPS and doesn’t add in the distance caused by altitude gain. This adds .3 of a mile.

Wonderful view at the top!!!

14 days ago

The actual trail is kind of hidden to the right once you get on the gravel path. Make sure you don't keep walking down the gravel path because that is not the trail.

27 days ago

My new favorite hike! Nice, moderately strenuous secluded walk on the AT with fantastic payoff with 360 degree views at the top of Siler Bald. Highly recommended midweek to avoid the crowds!

5 months ago

Beautiful hike. If you park at the Murphy Road lot, you have to cross over the road, head north on the winding stair trail, up the AT, and pass the sign for Snow Bird Gap, to come to a grassy clearing, to hike up to Silers' Bald. The views are well worth it. you can take the spur trail to the Silers' Bald Shelter, y
take a break, then continue from the shelter on the other side of the Silers' Bald Shelter trail to reach the actual Silers' Bald final approach. You'll see a granite market at the top.

6 months ago

Just did this loop on 5/18/18. Altered the trip slightly and took the spur trail from the AT to Siler Bald Shelter for a quick stop. Took us 1 hour 50 mins to get from the start of the trail to the shelter. The trail from the shelter up to the bald is very steep, but the views at the bald are gorgeous. We initially planned to camp somewhere near the bald/summit, but bad weather was rolling through so we hiked back down. All-up about 5 hours including stops with ~20lb packs on our backs. Nice trail - Would recommend.

8 months ago

Great Trek! Siler Bald views were fantastic!

11 months ago

Just did this on Dec 2nd when we had nice 60 degree days. I was pretty out of shape so the way up got me winded pretty quick, and took about 3 hours. The way down only took an hour and a half and was a breeze. I camped at the summit overnight and the sunset/sunrise were amazing. Saw a few day hikers, and a couple AT through hikers. Highly reccomend!

11 months ago

We did this trip (in Ocotober) with a side trip to the AT shelter on the way down which probably made it an even 10 miles. Didn’t see one person on the way up as it seems most people that do this as a day hike leave from another trailhead that is closer because we encountered a few groups coming up from the point where you hike the last leg up to the Bald summit. Views were stunning!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Great trail. Moderately difficult. Up hills are not too steep until the last 1/4 mile to the top of Siler Bald. Views are outstanding. Only knock is that there are not many views and or features until the end. I would definitely recommend this hike because the prize is the vista at the top.

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Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Make sure you stop into Outdoor 76 in Downtown Franklin, NC. They have many hiking supplies and lots of information on area and AT. Great people to talk to.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

great little hostel in town after a good bit of decently easy trail. Highly recommend checking out Gooder Grove hostel in Franklin North Carolina if in town.

Thursday, April 07, 2016

I have hiked this section as part of a longer section hike on the Appalachian Trail. A fun, rugged hike. I took my wife (who is not a hiker) on just a section of this trail, starting at Wayah Road and hiking South to Winding stair gap. This was about 6 miles and included a side trail to Siler Bald which has a truly amazing view (on a clear day). Anyway, if you want a shorter day hike that is a challenge, but not too bad, you can do the shorter (about 6 miles) section from Wayah Road to Winding Stair Gap.

Friday, March 18, 2016

i did the trail up to siler bald. this is a great hike with quite a few level and scenic sections along the way. i started off with a nice waterfall then hugged the east side of panther knob up to the gap. took a break there and the trail then passed over to the west side of the ridge and stayed that way until snowbird gap. by then the elevation was over 5000 feet and still climbing up to the mile high siler bald. i had lunch at the top and could see the blue waters of nantahala lake to the northwest. i headed back to winding stair gap and passed over a dozen northbound hikers.

Monday, September 07, 2015

my bro in law and I just did Winding Stair Gap up to the NOC in 2 days and it was an amazing trek on the AT. sections were difficult but the views from the fire towers, Siler bald and all the others made it worth it. now doing 30 miles in 2 days is a bit ambitious, def recommend stretching it over 3 days as apposed to 2. all in all an amazing trip.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Very Enjoyable Hike.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A good in and out hike. Nice views. Some fallen trees. Feet got wet since recent rains created a lot of streaming water. Including a side trip to Siler Bald, the hike totaled 23.97 miles from the parking lot and back.

Monday, October 06, 2014

We couldn't find the trail head and we were using this app. The parking area was decent, only could hold a few cars. We were the only ones there. But the worst detractor was that the temp dropped down to 40 from 55-where we began the drive up the mountain and the wind was at least 15 mph per weather app.

Friday, April 18, 2014

So this is a 10.1 mile hike from hwy 64 all the way up to the lookout tower on Wayah Bald? I've read some other places its only 6 miles put that just might be to the road that leads up to the tower. Any help would be appreciated.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Love this "go to" trail that we do almost monthly to see the changes=from the huge amounts of duchmens breaches in the spring, to the may flame azelias in June to the views of the colors of fall and the silnce of winter. The view from Siler is worth the .2 of straight up. Want to feel small? I reccomend this hike

2 months ago

Sunday, November 05, 2017

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