Wesser Bald via Appalachian Trail

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Nantahala National Forest

Wesser Bald via Appalachian Trail is a 11.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Topton, 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 April until September.

Distance: 11.8 miles Elevation Gain: 3,336 feet Route Type: Out & Back

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
6 days ago

Great hike. Pros, Cons, Stats below: Pros: Trail head is right across from the NOC so plenty of parking, water, snacks, meals, cold water to soak your feet after the hike, cold beer, etc. Beautiful hike, lots of wild flowers. Great scenic views for the majority of the hike. If you arent walking through a tunnel of flowers your walking on a vista ridge. Stunning. Its all up hill but never incredibly steep. If you are a smoker or recovering from an injury you make get some physical push back from your body but its a totally doable hike. On the way down its almost 100% down hill or flat. Lots of wildlife. I saw an enormous deer not far from me. Mostly solitary walking. Plenty of camp spots if thats what youre looking for. Cons: Its goes on for a long time. There were times when I thought I MUST be getting close, only to realize I had another hour or so of walking. Stats: started at 10:00am and returned by 5:30. I thought I was hustling...but its a long hike. I went with 3 pints of water....not enough! Also my banana was a great source of energy so I recommend nutritious snacks to get you through the end. Great weather.

My recording is from Tellico Gap to NOC. What an awesome section of the AT! Abundant views throughout the trail and the fire tower on Wesser Bald is pretty cool as well!

Give yourself extra time to go up! Beautiful views, gorgeous weather.

hiking
7 months ago

This is the best day hike you could ever take. It's doable in half a day with plenty of breaks. Took my sons just (8&11) and they were able to handle it.

backpacking
7 months ago

Really great views along the ridge which is almost the whole trail. A couple of fallen trees and a section that's impassable and you have to skirt down the ridge a little bit which was not fun but doable. The whole thing is steep from start to finish with very few flat sections. There are some rocky scrambles. Not a lot of potential camp spots until you get to Wesser shelter. Water source is solid and right off the trail a little ways south of the shelter. Overnight parking available at "basecamp" at the NOC.

hiking
9 months ago

Great trail, well maintained, nice packed earth not any loose rocks, the steeper sections are short lived which allows for recovery at a fast pace.

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