Wesser Bald Hike Lookout Tower & Fire Station

Wesser Bald is located north of Franklin and south of the popular rafting area along the Nantahala River. We took a short 1.5 mile hike to the tower atop Wesser Bald, North Carolina, on the Appalachian Trail! You will see 360-degree mountain views of the Nantahala National Forest and the Great Smoky Mountains. The original … Continue reading Wesser Bald Hike Lookout Tower & Fire Station

SAM’s Knob Loop w/Lunch option & Buck Springs Lodge Trail

We began the hike heading out on the trail next to the restrooms. We knew to look for the Blue Blaze markers for the Sam’s Knob trail and an orange blaze for the Flat Laurel Creek trail, we saw no other blazes along the path other than a yellow taking off to Little Sam – … Continue reading SAM’s Knob Loop w/Lunch option & Buck Springs Lodge Trail

Fryingpan Mountain Lookout Tower

The United States Forest Service built the 70-foot tall tower in 1941. It is the tallest USFS lookout tower in Western North Carolina, and it is now on the National Register of Historic Places. A few tall communication towers share the summit, but they only interfere slightly with the panoramic views. The steel tower atop … Continue reading Fryingpan Mountain Lookout Tower

Naked Ground, Haoe & Hangover Hike

You’ll see sheer drop offs for thousands of feet, grand vistas looking into NC. And finally the Hangover is what its name implies, a rocky outcropping with full 360 degree views of the surrounding mountains. Continue reading Naked Ground, Haoe & Hangover Hike

Albert Mountain Lookout Tower & Ranger Station

The Directions to the lookout tower. In Franklin, NC take Hwy-64 W towards Murphy, NC for 12 miles. At just before the 12th mile you will see a brown sign for “Wallace Gap”, “Appalachian Trail” & “Standing Indian Campground” with arrows pointing you towards West Old Murphy Road (SR 1448) on your left. Stay on … Continue reading Albert Mountain Lookout Tower & Ranger Station

Mount LeConte Hike by Alum Cave

Second Highest peak in the Appalachians. 2.5 Miles starting from Alum Cave/Bluff. Just past Alum Cave is Gracie’s Pulpit. This landmark is named after Gracie McNichol, who hiked to Mount LeConte on her 92nd birthday! At roughly 2.5 miles from the trailhead the pulpit marks the halfway point to Mt. LeConte. Over the next two … Continue reading Mount LeConte Hike by Alum Cave

Yellow Mountain Trail

Yellow Mountain Trail is a 11.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Highlands, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Yellow Mountain at 5,127 feet is one of the highest mountains in the Highlands Ranger … Continue reading Yellow Mountain Trail