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Wayah Bald Lookout Tower

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Address: Nantahala National Forest, Franklin, NC
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This is well worth you time for the expansive views. Unfortunately the tower burned down during last year's forest fires. However, the views are still fabulous. There are some... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Barb D
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Dillard, Georgia, United States
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Dillard, Georgia, United States
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34 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is well worth you time for the expansive views. Unfortunately the tower burned down during last year's forest fires. However, the views are still fabulous. There are some short hikes in the area that are worth while, as well.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of my favorite spots to visit in Macon county. Beautiful 360 view of the mountains. Roof was burned in the fires this past winter bit still safe to climb

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Thank Amy S
Columbus, Ohio
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21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017

So glad we made the trip up the mountain! It was a pretty twisty drive up and took longer than expected, but totally worth it. I agree with a previous reviewer that it is a challenge for people afraid of heights (really no guard rails all the way up), and I'll add that my husband and I were feeling a... More 

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Thank HappyTraveler915
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 April 2017

My family enjoys visiting Wayah Bald every time we come to the Franklin area. It's a beautiful mountain and the drive to the top is worth the gorgeous view (even though I am terrified of heights and annoy my husband by gripping the handles of the car door the entire way up). The road is well maintained, but halfway up... More 

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Thank Maren R
Dillard, Georgia
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviewed 10 April 2017

Amazing day! We could see several states as we looked around. Luckily we had a clear day. It would be tough if it was a "smokey mountain" day!

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Thank georgiatraveler92
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 April 2017

Visited this landmark several times throughout the years - even attending an ash-scattering memorial here. Beautiful views on clear days, nice hiking and picnic location even on cloudy days. Not too far from the town of Franklin NC.

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Thank Jennifer Hawkin... H
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2017

whenever i think of home i think of the Wayah Bald tower. its my favorite place to go when i need to just think. the views are amazing during the day but you haven't taken in the full potential of wayah bald until you visit at night on a clear night and see the bright, clear stars. with the silhouette... More 

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Franklin, North Carolina
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Reviewed 17 January 2017

I am sure its under costruction now cuz was burned in wildfires in 2016. Its a nice vision of days past

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Thank Geoff56t
Huntsville, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Great views! Not sure how it looks now after the fires but a must see! You can see for miles and miles.

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Thank Shanon911
Crawfordville, Florida, United States
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Great place to go visit in Highlands, NC. Beautiful scenery. I am a grandma that went with my daughter, son-in-law, nine year old granddaughter, and one year old grandson. It had great mountain scenery. We are from north Florida so it was a welcome change.

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