Wesser Creek Trail to Wesser Bald Firetower
Enjoy panoramic views of the Nantahala National Forest from a 30-foot tall tower atop Wesser Bald. Wesser Bald is on the Appalachian Trail (about .75 miles away from the end of Wesser Creek Trail) and provides 360 degree views of the Nantahala National Forest and the Great Smoky Mountains. The original tower was built in 1936 by the Civilian Conservation Corps as a live-in lookout. Today, hikers enjoy the observation deck built in the 1990s by the USFS.
To the North, you will see the Smoky Mountains across a portion of Fontana Lake and the Balsam Mountains. To the East is Tellico Valley and the Little Tennessee River valley. South is where the Nantahala Ridge looms, hiding nearby Wayah Bald, but Winespring Bald is visible. To the West are the Valley River Mountains, the Snowbirds, and the Slickrock Range.
Elevation Gain: 2367
Distance: 8.6 RT
Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous on some short climbs
Plan to leave the campground at 8:45 a.m. to be at the trailhead by 9:00. Bring water, snacks, and proper hiking footwear. Trekking poles are recommended but are optional. Friendly, well-behaved dogs that respond to voice command are welcome. Leashes optional but your dog must be in your control at all times so bring a leash just in case.