Nantahala National Forest - Snowbird Gap (via NC 1310) - Member Hike

Hike Name: Nantahala National Forest - Snowbird Gap (via NC 1310)
Country: United States
State: North Carolina
Nearby Town: Franklin
Rating: 5 stars
Directions: From Franklin, take U.S. 64 seven miles west of town. Turn right onto N.C. 1310 (also known as Wayah Road), go about 100 yards, and turn left again on N.C. 1310 where there is a small grocery. (If you don’t turn left at the grocery, you are now on Palmer Street and heading in the wrong direction.) Follow N.C. 1310 for about twenty minutes, climb a ridge, and reach the Appalachian Trail.
Total Hike Distance: 3.80 miles
Hike Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Permit Required: No
Hike Type: In and Out, Backtrack Hike
Hike Starts/Ends: Wayah Gap
Trails Used: Appalachian Trail
Backcountry Campsites: Yes
Backcountry Water Sources: Springs
Management: U.S. Forest Service
Contact Information: Nantahala National Forest
Wayah Ranger District
90 Sloan Road
Franklin, N.C. 28734
(828) 524-6441
Best Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
Users: Hikers, Dogs
Road Conditions: Primary Paved Roads, Secondary Paved Roads
Hike Summary: The Bald at 5,216 feet was named for the man who helped establish the A.T. in North Carolina. The U.S. Forest Service clears and maintains the bald which has a grassy summit with spectacular (and nearly 360 degree) views from Tray Mountain to the Great Smoky Mountains. Wayah Bald, about six trail miles north, can also be seen to the north. This is a backtrack hike that starts at Wayah Gap on NC 1013 and follows the Appalachian Trail on a southbound ascent of 1200 feet to the summit.


The Camel

6,150 points


Trip Reports

  Date Rating Duration Hiker
Nantahala National Forest - Snowbird Gap (via NC 1310) - October 7, 2006 October 7, 2006 4 stars 2 days The Camel


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