Wayah Bald via Appalachian Trail

MODERATE 5 reviews
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Wayah Bald via Appalachian Trail is a 17 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Franklin, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November.

DISTANCE
17.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3946 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

historic site

1 month ago

Very challenging for a once a year hiker but doable. I did not get to the tower so must have missed something. Not well marked I guess. I did get to the top to a cell phone tower, however, and got a glimpse of a view. About 2 hrs up and 2 down. Includes pic taking and an occasional chat with a thru hiker. According to my gps about 3 miles one way. Well maintained. Good days work for this old gal. :).

3 months ago

Great trail if you're looking for a relatively challenging day hike. The trek from the road to the bald is almost completely uphill, with some flatter areas about half way. There are multiple places to filter water and camping spots where the Bartram Trail intersects if you're not up for doing this in one day. The only downside to this trail is that there are very few views on the way up. An alternative to the route posted is driving up to the bald, hiking down and crossing Wayah Rd, and going to Silers Bald (the offshoot a couple miles after the road crossing). It's a great spot that offers 360 views and a nice camping spot.

camping
4 months ago

Seth, what part of the trail was that camping section located at? Looks like a great over view!

4 months ago

camping
5 months ago