Wayah Bald Recreation Area via Appalachian Trail

MODERATE 10 reviews

Wayah Bald Recreation Area via Appalachian Trail is a 10.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Topton, North Carolina that features a great forest setting 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.

10.2 miles
2,417 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash




nature trips




Directions from Franklin, NC: Travel State Highway 1310 west approximately 12 miles to Forest Road 69. Turn right on the forest road and follow it to the end.

26 days ago

Visited the Wayah Bald Tower and what a sight from overlooks to trails to wildflowers. An on-site bathroom and parking area. Great mountain vistas to view.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Came up last summer was an awesome view after spending the day in the Smokies hiking drive up was awesome, great views.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Nice trail with great views at the top. The trail can be a bit tricky to find, there are several trails in the area and near the pull off. There is no designated parking lot, at least that I found, just a few sections on the road you can pull off on that fit a few cars. From the road this trail it is on the same side as the sign marking the Appalachian Trail, and to take this hike you follow the trail going north. The entire trail is marked with AT white blazes, and most of the trail is well maintained. There were a few fallen trees (Jan 2015), that required some climbing and some of the trail was slick with ice, but nothing super dangerous. The hiking is moderate, nothing is too steep, lots of flat sections, mostly lots of small ups and downs, though it is 8 miles total so takes 4-5 hours to complete. There are restrooms at the top of the bald, an added perk. Definitely a great place to bring lunch!

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