Wayah Bald (John B. Bryne Memorial) Tower
US 687, NC 9

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 687, NC 9 (view other lookouts in United States, North Carolina)
Date Registered February 9, 2007
Nominated by Peter Barr
Location Nantahala National Forest
Macon County, North Carolina
Coordinates N 35° 10.819' W 083° 33.639' (view using Google Maps)
N 35° 10' 49" W 083° 33' 38"
N 35.180320° W 083.560650°
Elevation 5,280 ft (1,609 m)
Built 1937
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators Nantahala Hiking Club


The 53’ stone Wayah Bald Lookout on the Nantahala National Forest was constructed by the CCC in 1937. Faulty mortar ended its use as a fire lookout in only 8 years. In 1947 the cab was removed, and the stone tower restored as a popular observation site on the Appalachian Trail.


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