Wayah Bald is a high-altitude treeless open area in Nantahala National Forest, near Franklin, North Carolina. The Wayah Bald Observation Tower is located at the area's highest point (5,385 feet); the stone observation tower was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1937 for fire detection. The Appalachian Trail and Bartram Trail cross at Wayah Bald.
Wayah Bald is a popular destination for hikers, especially during spring, when the rhododendron and azaleas are in bloom.
There's a hiking trail (T2) called Appalachian Trail leading to the summit. Wayah Bald is one of the 311 peaks along the multi-day Appalachian Trail.
By elevation Wayah Bald is
# 3 out of 292 in Macon County # 2 out of 50 in the Nantahala Mountains
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