McDonald Ridge to Wayah Bald

LOCATION: Western North Carolina
HIKE STARTS: McDonald Ridge
HIKE ENDS: Wayah Bald
TOTAL DISTANCE: 2.2 Miles
HIKE TYPE: One Way, Shuttle Hike
HIKE DIFFICULTY: Moderate
TRAILS USED: Appalachian, Bartram
TRAIL TRAFFIC: Moderate to Heavy
TRIP TYPE: Day or Overnight Hike
MORE INFORMATION:
Nantahala National Forest
Wayah Ranger District
Franklin, NC 28734
828-524-6441

HIGHLIGHTS: This section of the Bartram Trail runs from McDonald Ridge to Wayah Bald heading northbound toward Nantahala Lake and shares all but 0.5 miles of the route with the Appalachain Trail.  On the hike you will pass the Wine Spring Bald spring and campsite located at 5400 feet.  This is the highest point on the entire Bartram Trail and there are a few campsites in this area for overnight camping.  The section ends at Wayah Bald which has a firetower with excellent views.  Wayah Bald has a parking area and is accessible via USFS 69 from Wayah Gap.  The road is closed during the winter months.

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