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Wayah Bald Lookout Tower

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Address: Nantahala National Forest, Franklin, NC

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Nice views and great for Picking

An old building and a great stopping place on the hiking path. There are generally a few people around so it is secure.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Ed C
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Atlanta, Georgia
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30 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

An old building and a great stopping place on the hiking path. There are generally a few people around so it is secure.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Longish drive -awesome in the fall. Short walk for gorgeous views. A few other spots to explore on the way. A nice afternoon.

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Thank Foodat
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

To get to the tower you travel a dirt road..lots of ruts.Once at the top the tower view is beautiful! It was a rainy day when we were there but we are planning another trip in the fall to see the beautiful colors!

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Thank Dana E
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the most magical sites on the planet. It is a sight that will take your breath away. It is not to be missed.

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2 Thank Christopher W
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11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Found this awesome little spot on Trip Advisor. We stayed in Franklin over night and thought it would be fun to check this out before heading into the Smoky Mountains. You must take a very, very, very windy road to get up to the lookout tower. It is a one lane each way paved road and then turns into a... More 

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1 Thank Ali R
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My mother was raised in Macon County and I have a lot of family still here. I get here as often as possible. Wayah Bald is always on my list. Serene and beautiful. Last night's visit was at sunset which is wonderful but busier than usual. Still well worth the trip.

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Theodore, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The twisting turning mountain roads delivered me to a most enjoyable location. Elevation of the Wayah Bald Tower is almost a mile high and provides a most beautiful location that provides a view of Franklin in the distance.

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Bel Air, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We tried to visit Clingman's Dome a day earlier. The access road was backed up and painfully slow. And the parking lot was a joke. Cars were parked a few hundred yards down from the lot. Did a U-turn and headed out. The next day we headed west from Cherokee on US 19, then left on Wayah Rd toward Lake... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had some anxiety about making the drive to Wayah Bald. I REALLY REALLY don't like driving along cliffs w/o guardrails on very curvy roads. The fact that it is only 18 miles from Franklin but takes an hour+ to get to made me wonder what I was getting into. Not to mention I was carting around my car sick... More 

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Laurens, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and several other couples had a great time exploring this tower. Getting to the tower wasn't difficult (typical NC mountain roads). The final part of the road is gravel but it is wide and well maintained. There is a very short walk to the tower. The view is spectacular as you get to see NC and Tennessee. There... More 

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