Location: Western North Carolina
Trip Starts: NC 1310 (Wayah Gap)
Trip Ends: NC 1310 (Wayah Gap)
Total Distance: 3.8 miles
Hike Type: In & Out, Backtrack Hike
Hike Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Trails Used: Appalachian Trail
Trail Traffic: Moderate to Heavy
Trip Type: Day or Overnight Hike
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Nantahala National Forest
Cheoah District, Route 1, Box 16A
Robbinsville, NC 28771


Siler Bald at 5,216 feet was named for William Siler whose great grandson, Reverend A. Rufus Morgan, 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 Siler Bald.

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