MORE INFORMATION: Nantahala National Forest Wayah Ranger District Franklin, NC 28734 828-524-6441
HIGHLIGHTS: Tusquitee Bald at 5,240 feet has an elevation gain of 2,160 feet from the Bob Allison Camp at U.S. Forest Service Road 400. There are outstanding views from the summit to Wine Spring Bald (on the Appalachian Trail to the east), Chatuge Lake to the south, and Nantahala Lake to the northeast. The Chunky Gal Trail climbs to the Dead Line Ridge which was not well marked or maintained during our visit. If you are looking for solitude, however, this is your hike. We didn’t see a soul on this trip and that is rare these days, especially on a weekend.