Tusquitee Bald

Location: Western North Carolina
Trip Starts: USFS 400 (Bob Allison Camp)
Trip Ends: USFS 400 (Bob Allison Camp)
Total Distance: 6.6 miles
Hike Type: In & Out, Backtrack Hike
Hike Difficulty: Very Difficult
Trails Used: Chunky Gal Trail
Trail Traffic: None
Trip Type: Day or Overnight Hike
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Nantahala National Forest
Wayah Ranger District
Franklin, NC 28734


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.

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