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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Natural Feature
“Bartrum Trail is around the lake. The Lake has great fishing and is a small laid back version of Lake Tahoe.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Park
“Wayah Bald is a high-altitude treeless open area in Nantahala National Forest, near Franklin, North Carolina. The Wayah Bald Observation Tower is located at the area's highest point (5,385 feet); the stone observation tower was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1937 for fire detection. The Appalachian Trail and Bartram Trail cross at Wayah Bald. Wayah Bald is a popular destination for hikers, especially during Spring, when the rhododendron and azaleas are in bloom. We have driven here several times which about a 1 hr from our cabin. The drive along Wayah Rd passes through gorgeous views of streams and mountain cottages. There are picnic tables and bathrooms near the parking area. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Park
“Guests that are coming for mountain biking or white water rafting this is a good spot as they have great nature trails.”
  • 11 locals recommend
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Place to eat
“After or before going to Wayah Bald this a great place to stop for a meal. The route to the restaurant is scenic and the view of Nantahala Lake from the back deck while eating great comfort food is relaxing and beautiful. Rental boats are also available. Address: 17838 Wayah Rd. Topton, NC 28781. Hours: 11:30-7:30 T-Th; F-Sat 9:30-8; Sun 9:30-5. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Nature
“Wayah Bald has amazing mountain views! The trails are not difficult. You can drive your car most of the way. The original tower was burned in the recent forest fire in the area, but i has been rebuilt.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Wayah Bald has a 360 degree view of the mountains and you can see for miles. There's an old stone fire tower you can lookout from. The Appalachian Trail goes right through it. One of our guests said it has an especially beautiful sunset. Practically a "birds eye view" of the mountains!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“This hike is fairly short... less than 3 miles round trip. However, it is considered a moderate trail with some steep climbs. But the view from the top is worth all the effort! once you reach the summit, you'll see a tall fire tower with a set of stairs to the top. Take the climb for an unmatched view of the Nantahala Forest, Fontana Lake, the Little Tennessee River valley and Telico Gap. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Administrative Area Level 3
“whitewater raft and come into Lake Fontana. Fun thing for the whole family”
  • 2 locals recommend
Natural Feature
  • 1 local recommends
Natural Feature
  • 1 local recommends
Rafting
“Less than two miles from Bear Ridge Cabin!! Family owned and operated! Awesome place.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Store
“This is where you can get your NC fishing license and all the bait and fishing gear that you may need. Folks are friendly and so are the big house cats”
  • 2 locals recommend
Natural Feature
  • 1 local recommends

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Great burgers and hot dogs served from an airstream trailer! Try the spaghetti ice cream (vanilla with strawberry topping and white chocolate shavings...looks like spaghetti), or get an awesome latte”
  • 1 local recommends

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