Wayah Road: Franklin to Nantahala-NC

Categories: Scenic Drives, Motorcycle Routes, Fall Foliage - western North Carolina


  • Beautiful drive up and over the "Nantahala Mountains" at Wayah Gap
  • Multiple points of interest along this route:  Hiking & Horseback trails, Picnic Areas, Shooting Range,
    Fishing, Waterfalls & Camping
  • Appalachian Trail intersects Wayah Road at Wayah Gap
  • Curves make motorcyclists and sports car enthusiasts happy

The Local Scoop

Recommended "POIs" or Points of Interest located along Wayah Road:
Note:  We list POIs in order of their location, Franklin to Nantahala

As you can see, there is so much to do along this route that we recommend taking your time and planning for at least an entire day to take in as much as you like.  We suggest at a minimum, taking a picnic lunch or dinner to one of the multiple locations to picnic with our favorite being easily accessible, Arrowood Glade.  Be sure to get in a hike with the easiest being the Wayah Bald Lookout Tower.


The Local Directions

 From intersection of U.S. Hwy-64 West and U.S. Hwy-23/441 North in Franklin take Hwy-64 West towards Murphy, NC for 3.8 miles to "Old Murphy Rd.(SR 1448) on your Right (Wayah Bald sign). After you take the exit, continue down the hill for just under 0.2 miles to Wayah Road (SR 1310) on your Left ("Loafers Glory" gas station will be at the intersection of Old Murphy Rd. and Wayah Rd, so you'll know where to turn).

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35.161521, -83.456563
Easy via U.S. Hwy 64 to
Wayah Road
-just outside of Franklin
Nearest City
Macon County
Distance From
Franklin:  4 miles
Nantahala:  29.3 miles