Bartram Trail: Winding Stairs to Nantahala Lake

MODERATE 15 reviews
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Bartram Trail: Winding Stairs to Nantahala Lake is a 16.9 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Topton, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 16.9 miles Elevation Gain: 3,349 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dogs on leash




nature trips


bird watching



wild flowers

2 months ago

A few small water features but nothing particularly noteworthy. Fairly wide gravel trail. We stopped on the way into town on a whim.

7 months ago

This was a good day hike for the family. It’s a wide gravel trail with 5-6 small waterfalls (basically all the same one cascading down the winding of the road) but they were great to stop at and let the dogs play. The weather was great and it wasn’t too hot. We hiked to the dam and clocked it at about 3.5 miles. From where we were, the lake could be viewed below but we weren’t able to get to it. We ended up eating lunch on the concrete barricades at the dam. There was no shade there, so if it were August, it would have been too hot. It definitely one to consider, it is easily accessible and has a parking lot.

11 months ago

It was a good trail. Unfortunately we weren’t prepared for it and we couldn’t finish it. Next time!

Sat Aug 25 2018

We enjoyed the hike. It was a steady gradual climb up to the waterfall. We turned around there, so our hike was only 6.5 miles. It was peaceful and we didn’t run into anyone else. The trail was more of a road, but it didn’t matter we were out and enjoyed ourselves.

Sat Mar 25 2017

Not a bad trail, did some sections and love the lake views. Happy trails!

Sun Feb 19 2017

Decent trail. Some parts on gravel road. Outlook on lake is awesome.

Fri Jul 08 2016

good walk. trail not maintained very well. nice for all ages

Mon Jun 27 2016

Just did start of trail to water tower. Great for dogs.

Sun Nov 25 2018

Sat Mar 03 2018

Thu Mar 17 2016