Section 24 - Wayah Gap to Wallace Gap Displayed from North to South

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Wayah Gap - NC 1310
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To reach Wayah Gap from Franklin, follow US64 West for 4 miles from overpass, turn right at signs for Wayah Bald and LBJ Job Corps. Just a short distance after turning, turn Left on Wayah Road (state road 1310). Follow this road (becomes very winding and steep) for 9 miles to top of climb, where you will see signs for both Wayah Bald (right) and Wayah Crest. Turn Left into dirt road to Wayah Crest -- (left fork short way in) and park in small parking area. The AT is reached by walking through the picnic area until you see white blazes. If you are headed North on the trail (to Section 23, turn left -- if South (to Section 24), turn right. 2/4/06


Nantahala Hiking Club
From the Nantahala Outdoor Center go west on US 19/74 (compass southwest) for 7.7 miles. Go left (east) on NC 1310 (Wayah Road) for 19 miles to Wayah Gap and the intersection with FR 69, the road to Wayah Bald. Turn right to reach the picnic area and parking at Wayah Gap. The trail crosses NC 1310 a short distance east of the intersection Note See pictures for TN/NC Section 23 and 24 to see pictures of the intersection and some roadside parking. There may be some parking in a picnic area but I know nothing about that. 6/24/14


at @
When you reach the top of the road, there are no signs for either Wayah Bald or Wayah Crest. I would reword this to say that when you go the 9 miles to the top of the climb, you will see the sign for the AT - just past the trail crossing, turn right onto Forest Service Road 69, which climbs to Wayah Bald. The road is in good condition but is narrow in spots and I was nervous driving on it. For Wayah Crest, I would say that when you reach this same trail crossing, turn left just past the trailhead into a dirt road and stay left to the parking area and sign for Wayah Crest. These directions would be if someone were coming from Franklin. 03/30/12


Fussymary @
Google it up while you still have cell service because you won't have it on your drive up, whether you're coming from the left or right. From Jan 1 to April 1, the road up to Wayah Bald is closed. The parking at the picnic area is open year round. It's not really marked well, but it's easy to see. The directions provided here by others is correct, just slow down as you come to that area, go past the service road to Wayah Bald on the right and the picnic parking is maybe 100 yards on the left. Unless you have 4WD, when the parking lot splits, go up the hill to the left, it is a gravel lot whereas the lower one is not as well packed. Room for at least 4 cars, maybe up to 8 if everyone worked together and conserved space. Google maps shows the picnic area on the other side of the trail- that is incorrect. The picnic area is between the parking lot and the trail. Walk through the picnic area and you will find the trail up the hill just a bit. 03/22/21 4-8


fsun70 @
Winding Stair Gap US 64
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This is where the AT crosses US64 at the top of the big hill coming out of Franklin (9.8 miles from overpass) just past large rock cut. It is an easy place to access the Trail, with parking lot, etc. It is NOT a good place to leave a vehicle overnight! There has been vandalism to cars left here overnight. 2/4/06


Nantahala Hiking Club
Coming from the south, the parking area is 2.4 miles north of Rainbow Springs The parking area is on the east side of the road (are attached map). GPS coordinates are from The GPS coordinates for the parking area are 35.1198, -83.5483 According to the AT Guide to NC/ GA the northbound trail comes in from the east, descending a set of steps at the south edge of the parking area (red marker on the attached map). There is supposed to be a piped spring. at this point. The trail turns right along the highway (US 64) for 500 feet then turns left (west) and re-enters the woods. The other marker indicate this point. The AT overlay seen n the map is apparently somewhat off in this area. . 6/25/14 15-20


at @
April 2022 update: Paved the entire way along US 64. All information referenced remains current. (DA Thomas editor) Many Franklin, NC residents are happy to give hikers a ride into town from the Winding Stair Gap parking lot. 10/15/14


susancarter18 @
Wallace Gap - Old US 64
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From Franklin,follow US 64 wet 11.4 miles (from overpass where US 23 goes south to Atlanta) to left turn at sign saying 'Appalachian Trail' and 'Standing Indian Campground'. Follow this road (Old Route 64) 1.9 miles to the intersection with paved FS 67. There is a sign for Standing Indian Campground here. This is Wallace Gap. The actual trail crossing is a short distance further east on Old Route 64. Wallace Gap is NOT a good trailhead -- no parking possible, Better parking is available at nearby Rock Gap. See Mile 0.6 of Section 25. 6/24/14


Nantahala Hiking Club
At the crossing the northbound trail to Section 24 goes north while the southbound trail goes south to Section 25.
See pictures for TN/NC Section 24 for a view of Wallace Gap. 6/24/14


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This section is described as Section 8 in the "Appalachian Trail Guide to North Carolina-Georgia"
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