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2019-06-05  
Wayah Bald, NC
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Wayah Bald, NC 
Wayah Bald, NC
 
Hiking avatar Jun 05 2019
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Hiking5.59 Miles 550 AEG
Hiking5.59 Miles   2 Hrs   5 Mns   2.68 mph
550 ft AEG
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Waya is Cherokee for wolf, named due to prior red wolf inhabitation of the area. On the way from Georgia to Pigeon Forge, TN. decided to stop by despite the rainy weather and the about a 5 mile gravel road drive to get to it. It is the location of a stone fire tower constructed in 1937 by the CCC , dedicated to John Byrne prior ranger died age 37 was exposed to poison gas WW1,usually provides nice views of the Smoky Mountains but not today, listed on the National Historic Lookout register .It’s also the junction of the Bertram , for explorer William Bartram,and the Appalachian Trail. On the drive up passed by Wilson Lick , where there is remaining structure from the first ranger station for the Nantahala National Forest. After driving up here despite the rain , wind and cold decided to not only make the short less than 1/2 mile paved walk to the tower also took off for about 3 miles down the the AT back to Wilson Lick since I’ve never been on the AT in NC , the trail which then descends back toward FR 69 . As mentioned the tower was pretty socked in with fog but at least out of the rain only 3 short flights of stairs to the platform. Very muddy out and back from the fire tower to Wilson Lick on the AT done quickly due to the cold wind, wouldn’t want to be thru hiking this stretch today. If you have time this would be very nice on a clear day, the gravel road was in good shape wide enough to pass for cars, even saw 3 motorcycles on it, also a restroom and picnic area near the parking and turnaround area.
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