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Wayah Bald Lookout Tower

Nantahala National Forest, Franklin, NC
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Close to Heaven!!

These vistas are breathtaking!! It's an amazing site to see the new growth come after the fall... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Piece of home

I live just over the mountain in burning tw from my grammys front door it's an 8 mile hike up an... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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“gravel road” (22 reviews)
“parking area” (17 reviews)
Nantahala National Forest, Franklin, NC
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

These vistas are breathtaking!! It's an amazing site to see the new growth come after the fall fires. Very romantic and also family friendly. We only wish we had brought a picnic!!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I live just over the mountain in burning tw from my grammys front door it's an 8 mile hike up an over the mountain good place to go an relax take in the scenery an clear your head sounds of nature all around you

Thank Deago A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing panoramic mountain views. Great place for a quick hike with incredible views. Highly recommend a visit.

Thank rwtaylor78
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The gravel road is about 5 miles to the top. There is ample parking. The view is spectacular. The day we went was cloudy and misty. The combination of the dead trees from the fires last year and all the bright green new growth was...More

Thank Kate W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tower is in the process of being re built right now. The forest fires from last fall burned the wooden part of the structure!! The views of Macon County from up there are worth the pretty drive to see it. Cant wait to see...More

1  Thank GailK1975
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Actually my visits were in late 70's & early 80's. Vacation on Brush Creek and also trip to Worlds Fair? In Knoxville. Kids really enjoyed the visit and seeing me off as I hiked onto the Nantahala Outdoor Center. Also the old steel and wood...More

Thank Charles H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I loved going up there some one said it burnt down and that is so very sad that someone can disreguard the beauty in the world as to destroy our natural habitat.....

Thank gapeach305462000
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Little bit of a drive from Franklin but so worth it. Once you get there it's a 5 minute walk to the tower.

Thank michael d
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The view of Franklin and the valley and all the surrounding mountains from what remains of the tower after a recent fire, and the ground level at the base of the tower, is spectacular, well worth the drive up the quite narrow windy dirt road...More

Thank Peregonz
Reviewed 18 June 2017 via mobile

We drove up to the tower parking lot. Amazing views! My husband and I brought our 3 boys ages 10, 8, and 3. The walk is incredibly easy if you park in the top lot. My city slicker 3 year old survived. LOL. Take the...More

Thank Kate J
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Joseph C
10 April 2017|
Response from Shanon911 | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is open and you will love the view!,
26 February 2016|
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Response from luckylady1234 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure either. You may check with the Franklin Chamber of Commerce