Appalachian Trail: Wayah Gap to US 19

Build your quads on this remote section of the Appalachian Trail, which features seven balds over 5,000 feet, and amazing views of the Smokies from Jump off Point.
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Build your quads on this remote section of the Appalachian Trail, which features seven balds over 5,000 feet, and amazing views of the Smokies from Jump off Point.

Shelters: Cold Spring Shelter: sleeps 6; privy. Wesser Bald Shelter: sleeps 8; privy Rufus Morgan Shelter: sleeps 6; no privy.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 32.0

Waypoints

WPT018

Location: 35.2824516296387, -83.5817489624024

Side trail to shelter

WPT017

Location: 35.1948165893555, -83.5622482299805

Campsite (room for 3 tents)

WPT039

Location: 35.163932800293, -83.5787353515625

Field; gravel road leads W to FS 69

WPT022

Location: 35.277416229248, -83.5776672363281

Views to the NE

WPT016

Location: 35.2029342651367, -83.5678634643555

Licklog Gap; campsite (room for 8 tents); old jeep roads

WPT021

Location: 35.2803649902344, -83.5813522338867

Campsite (room for 1 tent)

WPT012

Location: 35.2879333496094, -83.5969161987305

Campsite (room for 1 tent)

WPT004

Location: 35.2533683776856, -83.568717956543

Campsite (room for 4 tents); spring to the W (20 ft.)

WPT007

Location: 35.2336158752441, -83.5581359863281

Cold Spring Gap. Campsite (room for 5 tents)

WPT021

Location: 35.1814498901367, -83.562614440918

Gravel road

WPT019

Location: 35.2824668884277, -83.5821151733398

Wesser Bald Shelter

WPT028

Location: 35.1764984130859, -83.5823364257812

Blue-blazed trail leads E to gravel road

WPT042

Location: 35.159049987793, -83.5773315429688

Gravel road and trail jct. This intersection can be tricky. Look carefully to find AT blaze

WPT032

Location: 35.1740493774414, -83.5834197998047

Wine Spring Bald

ZZZ010

Location: 35.330982208252, -83.5917129516602

US 19; US 74; Nantahala Outdoor Center

WPT015

Location: 35.2103157043457, -83.5666351318359

Views to the SSW

WPT014

Location: 35.2172164916992, -83.5652694702148

AT turns E @ intersection with Grassy Rd; campsite (room for 4 tents)

WPT022

Location: 35.1803169250488, -83.5606842041016

Wayah Bald Tower

WPT007

Location: 35.3092498779297, -83.5858306884766

Campsite (room for 1 tent)

WPT026

Location: 35.1782493591309, -83.5643997192383

Gravel road

WPT008

Location: 35.2316017150879, -83.5593032836914

Blue-blazed trail leads E to campsite with water (room for 4 tents)

WPT020

Location: 35.2812156677246, -83.5811462402344

Side trail to spring. AT switchbacks

WPT012

Location: 35.2201843261719, -83.5626831054688

Campsite (room for 1 tent)

WPT036

Location: 35.1706504821777, -83.5834503173828

FS 69; spring to the E 20 ft. (may be dry)

WPT019

Location: 35.1877822875977, -83.5622177124024

Wayah Shelter; new as of 2007

WPT018

Location: 35.1875495910644, -83.5627822875976

Blue-blazed trail leads E to shelter; blue-blazed trail leads W to water

WPT010

Location: 35.2224655151367, -83.5624008178711

Burningtown Gap; cross NC 397 (gravel road)

WPT003

Location: 35.3238487243652, -83.5909194946289

Side trail to A. Rufus Morgan Shelter; campsite

WPT005

Location: 35.2505836486816, -83.566535949707

Blue-blazed trail leads E to Rocky Bald Lookout

WPT015

Location: 35.283016204834, -83.5891342163086

Campsite (room for 1 tent)

WPT016

Location: 35.2830505371094, -83.5884704589844

Fork Mtn. to the NNE

WPT003

Location: 35.2681846618652, -83.5729675292969

Tellico Gap. Cross NC 1365 (gravel road). Gravel road to E leads to Wesser Bald Tower. Power lines

WPT040

Location: 35.1587677001953, -83.5774688720703

AT skirts FS 69; views to the E

WPT020

Location: 35.1846160888672, -83.5610961914062

AT turns W @ jct. with Bartram Trail E; campsite (room for 5 tents)

WPT030

Location: 35.1757507324219, -83.5827331542969

Jeep road to the W

WPT035

Location: 35.1711006164551, -83.5854339599609

Campsite (room for 3 tents)

WPT009

Location: 35.2313346862793, -83.5597152709961

Cold Spring Shelter with spring

WPT008

Location: 35.2978324890137, -83.5944137573242

Campsite (room for 2 tents)

WPT023

Location: 35.1798515319824, -83.5610809326172

Paved

WPT010

Location: 35.2914505004883, -83.594482421875

The Jump Off: Views to the N (180-degrees) and to Paint Mtn. and Nantahala River

WPT033

Location: 35.1739501953125, -83.5837860107422

Campsite (room for 9 tents)

WPT002

Location: 35.3265647888184, -83.5918807983398

Tiny stream crossing

WPT002

Location: 35.2744483947754, -83.5782699584961

Campsite (room for 1 tent)

WPT013

Location: 35.2187995910644, -83.5627365112305

Cross Ben Creek

WPT017

Location: 35.2825164794922, -83.5818328857422

Blue-blazed Wesser Creek Trail to the E

WPT023

Location: 35.2773323059082, -83.57763671875

AT turns W @ jct. with side trail to tower

ZZZ009

Location: 35.1539039611816, -83.5802230834961

Wayah Gap; cross NC 310 and FS 69

WPT005

Location: 35.3224182128906, -83.5869522094726

AT veers W @ jct. with side trail to the E

WPT011

Location: 35.2219161987305, -83.5623474121094

Campsite (room for 8 tents)

WPT009

Location: 35.2920684814453, -83.594352722168

Views of the gorge to the NE

WPT006

Location: 35.2380332946777, -83.5594177246094

Copper Ridge Bald; views to the NE

WPT006

Location: 35.3217849731445, -83.5873870849609

Side trail to the W

WPT034

Location: 35.1739654541016, -83.5839691162109

Bartram Trail to the W. AT continues straight

WPT024

Location: 35.1790657043457, -83.5619812011719

AT turns W @ trail jct.; restrooms and trash

WPT031

Location: 35.1742515563965, -83.5832824707031

Campsite (room for 2 tents)

WPT011

Location: 35.2880668640137, -83.5968017578125

Views to the NW

WPT025

Location: 35.1789817810059, -83.5624313354492

AT follows road

WPT001

Location: 35.2770500183106, -83.5773162841797

Wesser Bald; tower

WPT037

Location: 35.1651000976562, -83.5845031738281

Jct. with blue-blazed Wilson Lick Trail

WPT038

Location: 35.1646995544434, -83.5791168212891

Field to the E

IMG_5292

Location: 35.231517791748, -83.5593795776367

IMG_5330

Location: 35.1876678466797, -83.5626525878906