Bartram Trail Hike - Wayah Bald to Wallace Branch Trailhead

DATE: Jun 22, 2018 Friday
END DATE: Jun 22, 2018 Friday

Trip/Event Location: Franklin NC

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Jacksonville, FL United States

Meeting Time: 8:00 AM

Max # People: 8

Trip Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money

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Region: South Atlantic

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This 10.9 hike on the Bartram Trail will be a north to south hike, and be mostly a down hill walk in the Nantahala National Forest. The high point of this hike will be the beginning at Wayah Bald (5342 ft.) and the low point will be at the end at Wallace Branch Trailhead (2260 ft.).


At Wayah Bald there is a stone observation tower. The tower is dedicated to John Byrne, who was the chief ranger for the Nantahala National Forest and helped plan the route for the Appalachian Trail. From the tower one can see the Smokies to the northwest, Franklin and the Highlands Plateau to the east, and Rabun Bald, Standing Indian and the hazy mountains of Georgia to the south.

This hike will begin downhill from Wayah Bald towards Franklin. The first half mile of this hike will be concurrent with the Appalachian Trail.  5.3 miles into the hike we will come upon Harrison Gap, with the intersection of Foerest Service Road 713. We should have good views for the first 5 miles of the hike.


As we enter the Wallace Branch Trailhead we should have a waterfall.


This will be a one-way hike and will require an auto shuttle. Plan to spend 6 hours on the trail.


We will be meeting at the Franklin Burger King at 8:00 AM. We will leave the Burger King at 8:30 AM sharp for the trailheads.

Driving directions to the location and spot to meet at:

The meeting place for this event will be the Fraklin Burger King which is located at: 130 Westgate Plaza Rd., Franklin, NC. 28734.


We will be leaving the Burger King for the Trailheads at 8:30 AM sharp.

Trip Leader


Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous

Jacksonville, FL

United States

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Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate

Hickory, NC

United States
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edfarthing Posted May 29, 2018 at 10:35 PM

This should be a sweet hike to end 3 days of hiking in Nantahala National Forest - come join us and explore the natural wonders of western NC naturally

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