Up in the high country of Franklin, NC stands one of the most recognizable lookout towers in Western North Carolina. Wayah Bald Lookout Tower remains standing as one of the historical structures along the Appalachian Trail in the Nantahala National Forest. The tower, which was originally used as a fire lookout, was built in 1937 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, and is also the area where the Bartram Trail and the Appalachian Trail intersect.
The views from Wayah Bald are outstanding and even better, if you’re not a hiker, no problem! You’re access to Wayah Bald tower is a paved path from a parking area that is less than a 5 minute walk. From the tower, you can look directly east, so if you’re an early morning riser, you can watch one of the most pure sunrise views in the area. You can also see north towards the Macon County airport.
You can find directions to the Wayah Bald Lookout Tower here on our website along with many other hiking locations on our “What To Do – Hiking” page here Hiking. For more information about all of the sights, activities, lodging and dining here in Franklin, please visit our newly redesigned website at Franklin NC Chamber of Commerce. You can also stop by our office at 425 Depot Street, Franklin and say hello to us, we’d love to help you find your way to new sights and adventures! We look forward to seeing you!
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