Wayah Bald

20170511_173006Nestled in the Nantahala National Forest, off Wayah Road, is Wayah Bald. If you’ve heard of Wayah Road, you know of it’s beautiful cascades randomly flowing all along the roadside. Off to the left, just before the AT cross over, there’s a forest service road leading up to the Wayah Bald fire tower, or what’s left of it anyway. The top of the tower is gone, thanks to the wildfires set in 2016. The scars of these fires can be seen all around here on Wayah Bald. But it is still a beautiful place. Eerie now, with it’s half burned trees, twisted with new growth, but still beautiful. It’s amazing how even after a huge, horrible fire nature has a way of beckoning you to come stay awhile and enjoy what it is striving to regrow. At an elevation of 5,342 feet, it is a wonderful place to visit on a hot day. It’s not really windy, but the temperature drop is at least 20 degrees. On your way up to the Bald, you will pass an old Ranger station called Wilson Lick Historic site. It’s boarded up, but it’s a little photo op of what used to be the first Ranger post if you’re interested. The signs describing what states are visible from the tower were destroyed, either from heat or the water being dropped from the helicopters, but from what is left of them, you can see that there are portions of 5 states you can spot from the tower. The view here is AMAZING! Not sure how many miles away you can actually see, but it is truly an experience will not forget. A must for anyone in the WNC area and the Nantahala National Forest. I hope to return one day to see all the charred trees back to a bright green luster and maybe even the top on the fire tower rebuilt. But as it stands today, it is still a great place to go, and an awesome and cool viewing point.

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