In the Maps and Aerial Photos section below, you'll find links to: (1) Local area photos around Winding Stair Gap, (2) A listing of the nearest hotels to Winding Stair Gap and (3) Driving Directions to Winding Stair Gap from almost anywhere. The trail made an easy climb up a ridge, again through a burn area. He starred at me and blinked a few times. Diane says: April 6, 2011 at 10:29 am. Franklin, N.C. Nestled between two popular scenic gorges, the Cullasaja and the Nantahala, and surrounded by the Nantahala National Forest, Franklin, North Carolina is known for its wealth of natural beauty. I have drank from it for 25 years, yummy! I met a young thru hiker by the name of Long Legs. Between Hot Springs, NC and Damascus Bootlegger Tea’s Shuttle Service (AWOL) Phone: 828-707-2468. The Registered Agent on file for this company is Bredendieck, Stacy and is located at 7984 West Old Murphy Road, Franklin, NC … It was kind of segregated. © 2020 FindASpring.com - All Rights Reserved. Map; Elevation Profile ; Details , Directions; What's here? Parking is on the left. About 2 miles up this road is sign for campground – turn right (FS 67) and go 1/2 mile to Rock Gap. The owner said “come back anytime”…yet here I am freezing, rolling around on the ground, tossing and turning all night, wondering WTH!? Hike to sunny 360° views from the summit of Siler Bald along the Appalachian Trail in the Nantahala National Forest. Uncle Mike’s Shuttles (AWOL) Phone: 423-383-2022 . The starting elevation was 3,690 feet, and we finished at 4,712 feet. I said hello to several people as I searched for a place to setup my tent. Surface water for quite a ways at best. It was yet another beautiful day. In 2018, we opened Winding Stair Nursery, in Franklin on the Highlands Road. Login or create an account to make comments, leave a review, or update water test results. It’s about 5300 feet to the top. From Rock Gap Shelter, it was only 3.8 miles to reach Winding Stair Gap, a spot that most hikers use to exit the trail and go into Franklin, N.C. A few minutes later a dog came running around the corner and right up to me. Our farm shop (located at the nursery) is home to fresh, locally grown organic-practices produce as well as our own veggie starts. We walked over to McDonald’s for breakfast and got extra to eat later on the trail. Hiking the AT – Winding Stair Gap Waterfall / Wayah Bald. We hiked 3.8 miles from Rock Gap Shelter to Winding Stair Gap. , #HikeForHope It was pretty chilly out so I put my jacket on. 0.7 mi. Franklin Area. Please consider posting those springs. Elevation Gain. If you rent a car from Enterprise they will pick you up at the trail head so the day before (Friday, 13 May) we got picked up around noon from Winding Stair Gap. Winding Stair Gap is covered by the Rainbow Springs, NC US Topo Map quadrant Winding Stair Gap/Franklin, NC [109.2 Miles] April 1, 2018 – Day 13 Today we took a Nero Day which is where you don’t hike a lot but you’re not completely taking the day off. I asked him where his owner was. I didn’t ask her how she got her name– though I wish I would have. The WINDING STAIR GAP roadcut is exposed on U.S. Hwy. Day 1 - We started out at Winding Stair Gap and ended at Wayah Bald Shelter (MM 109.8 to 120.8). The most prominent peak of the segment is Wayah Bald, about 11 miles in . :o). There must have been some 25 people camping there that night. Elevation Map Length (miles ) by Elevation (feet) Slope Breakdown. He promised to pick us up at Winding Stair Gap if we were there when they went by. The peak elevation for this section was 5,342 with lots of ups and downs along the way. Winding Stair Gap to Wayah Shelter - Strenuous 11 miles in 7 hours After a good night’s sleep at Sapphire Inn, we were ready to go again. From the top of the ridge I could see U.S. Highway 64, which is where I … I started sweating pretty badly so I stopped and took it back off. Pull off on the left side of the road with parking. The temperature dropped pretty quickly that night as the sun went down. Honoring the legendary trail angel Baltimore Jack . Dogs allowed. The shelter was far off the trail and too far down a hill so I just plopped down on a fallen tree instead. 64, in Macon County, North Carolina. I think it was exactly 11 miles. I live about 90 miles away so its a bit of a haul. I’ve stayed there several times. Gooder Grove AT and Adventure Hostel. Reference: EL-Shazley,A.K.,Loehn C.,and Tracy R.J.,(2011) P-T-t evolution of granulite facies metamorphism and partial melting in the Winding Stair Gap,Central Blue Ridge,North Carolina,USA: Journal of Metamorphic Geology ⓘ After debating which group to hang out with for a bit I just decided to climb in my tent and go to bed. 3.1S: Old U.S. 64 0.9N: Campsite. Also upload a photo to the spring post page. Day 2 - We left Wayah Bald and made our way to Wesser Bald Shelter (MM 120.8 to 131.4). I think ill be coming back here again. I quickly regretted doing so after climbing the first mountain out of the gap. Look for an old red doghouse structure with pipe coming out of it. The company's filing status is listed as Current-Active and its File Number is 2062943. I made my way down to Winding Stair Gap Waterfall. We chatted for a bit. I am in the area and don’t see any springs posted in Highlands, and only a few in Asheville. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from March until October. Quite a few hikers were partaking in this free meal as I hugged my Dad goodbye and stepped onto the trail. Jan 24, 2016 - Winding Stairs Gap between Hayesville and Franklin NC Since Franklin, NC is a bit more spread out than other towns we had visited we decided to get a rental car from Enterprise. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. I setup my tent and cooked dinner. The trail made an easy climb up a ridge, again through a burn area. 264 ft. 500 - 750 ft/mi ~ 10 - 15 %. 0.6 mi. Winding Stair Foundation is a North Carolina Non-Profit Corporation filed on October 8, 2020. Franklin sits 106 miles north of Springer Mountain, a perfect resupply point between Hiawassee, GA and NOC (Nantahala Outdoor Center) at Wesser, NC. 404 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos taken at ‘Winding Stair Gap, NC’ E2). 0 - 250 ft/mi ~ 0 - 5 %. Day 9- Carter Gap Shelter to Winding Stair Gap to Franklin, NC Total Miles Hiked from Springer: 109.8 Miles Hiked Today: 15.9 Miles walked in town: 3.0 Milestone: Over 100 miles hiked Physical Status Dan: Right wrist is tender and weak but slowly improving. A brick marker lists the elevation and directions. A few minutes later a hiker came up the hill around the corner. Winding Stair Nursery is a happy place for plant lovers. He offered us a ride into Franklin but we still had 3.7 miles to go before we quit, so we continued across the road and into the forest again. My pops dropped me off for the final time at Rock Gap near Franklin, NC. 3.1S: Old U.S. 64 0.9N: Campsite. Absolutely correct. There is no charge. The WINDING STAIR GAP roadcut is exposed on U.S. Hwy. I stopped to take a few photos. We passed a hawk that landed in a tree close to the trail. From downtown Highlands, make a right on Mirror Lake Road, go across the bridge, then stay to the right on Hicks Road, then make left on Billy Cabin Road (it’s a one lane dirt road). It’s across the street from the parking lot at Winding Stair Gap (elev 3770), which is approximately 8 miles west of Franklin, NC on Hwy 64. The primary coordinates for Winding Stair Gap places it within the NC 28734 ZIP Codedelivery area. I figured I’d see if I knew anyone there and sit and have lunch as well. A smaller parking area for about six cars is available where the AT crosses the road and heads back into the woods. Our farm shop (located at the nursery) is home to fresh, locally grown organic-practices produce as well as our own veggie starts. Clean mountain water. Big Laurel Falls (above) From Franklin, take US 64 west toward Hayesville/Murphy for 11.8 miles, over Winding Stair Gap. Winding Stair Gap, Macon County, North Carolina. Winding Stair Gap: From the town of Franklin, NC: Follow US 64 10 miles westbound to Winding Stair Gap, notable by a big rock cut in mountain. For a longer hike, consider Siler Bald via Winding Stair Gap. Day 1, we hiked from Winding Stair Gap to Wayah Bald shelter. 264 ft. 500 - 750 ft/mi ~ 10 - 15 %. 0.2 mi. But “my people” were hanging out by the shelter. Hikers coming to the Winding Stair Gap/Hwy 64 junction in Macon County usually can’t pass up the temptation to hitch a ride 11 miles down the road our hiker-friendly town. I took some photos of some strange mushroom / slug looking things growing on the sides of trees instead . What highway is it on.???? 64, Past Franklin, Macon County. As we pulled up, 8Track and his lovely wife Kathy arrived in their RV, “promptly” pulling down the awning, and handing out a three course serving of Trail Magic. Started off today a little sluggish, but my thigh felt much improved. here today. Winding Stair Gap is a physical feature (gap) in Macon County. We climbed Wayah Bald together. US Find A Spring members can get a 15% discount at WaterCheck.com use coupon code FAS2020. Day 1 - We started out at Winding Stair Gap and ended at Wayah Bald Shelter (MM 109.8 to 120.8). Create an account or login to upload an image. She said she rescued the dog from a dog shelter. DURATION 3-5 hours. I love camp fires! Location: Winding Stair Gap / Franklin NC (109.8 miles) Tags: Appalachian Trail, Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina. But you can also park at Standing Indian Campground and Deep Gap. The outcrop is approximately 10.5 miles south of the U.S. 64 and U.S.441 intersection near Franklin (fig. last updated Feb 20, 2013 by rhymenocerous. The starting elevation was 3,690 feet, and we finished at 4,712 feet. Winding Stair Nursery is a happy place for plant lovers. A nice directional plaque on the summit of Siler Bald | 15 May 2013. It was relaxing so I decided to grab some water and eat a snack. last updated Feb 20, 2013 by rhymenocerous. She enjoyed his company but they are only able to do about 5 miles a day as the dog needs a lot of water and just wants to lay around all day. Winding Stair Gap Roadcut, Franklin, Ellijay Mining District, Cowee Valley, Macon Co., North Carolina, USA : Elevation Map Length (miles ) by Elevation (feet) Slope Breakdown. The parking at Winding Stair Gap is a truck pull off. Create an account or login to upload water test results. In the morning we left Hiawassee and drove back to Unicoi Gap. Go 7.0 miles, past the Standing Indian campground, to the parking pullout on the right. Turn left onto West Old Murphy Road, go 1.9 miles and turn right. Mile: NOBO 109.5, 11 miles east Winding Stair Gap Price Range: Bunk $20, private room starting at $44.95 Notes: On-site coin laundry, bunks and private rooms, help with shuttles, print Smokies permit for free. A smaller parking area for about six cars is available where the AT crosses the road and heads back into the woods. That’s one of the things I got rid of when I knocked my pack weight down from 40 lbs to 25 lbs. It is an easy place to access the Trail, with parking lot, etc. I’m impressed that you’re making 12-13 miles per day. Ultimately comes from a spring I’m sure but you should use (without treating) spring water ONLY when you can see it coming directly out of the ground. Franklin, NC [10.0E] North; 0.9N - Campsite 0.9N - water source 4.2N - Siler Bald Shelter [0.5E] 5.9N - S.R. It was interesting. 0 - 250 ft/mi ~ 0 - 5 %. I got a little excited actually. TRAIL TYPE . This section of the AT begins at Winding Stair Gap where the trail leaves US 64. Siler Bald via Winding Stair Gap. SP member shreddeb. Unicoi Gap to Franklin, NC. The most prominent peak of the segment is Wayah Bald, about 11 miles in. The outcrop is approximately 10.5 miles south of … I remember coming down the side trail leading to the shelter… I could smell the camp fire burning. 64Franklin, NC 28734Get Directions →. I strapped it to my pack and lunged upward. I loaded up 20 gal. Having some nice weather for a change will be revitalizing. 4) Winding Stair Gap -- This is where the AT crosses US64 at the top of the big hill coming out of Franklin (9.8 miles from overpass) just past large rock cut. Elevation Gain. There was a family providing some “trail magic” in the form of a hot cooked breakfast in the parking lot when we arrived. I am not sure of the reputation of it. 1880. feet. There And Back Again. Franklin sits 106 miles north of Springer Mountain, a perfect resupply point between Hiawassee, GA and NOC (Nantahala Outdoor Center) at Wesser, NC. From Rock Gap Shelter, it was only 3.8 miles to reach Winding Stair Gap, a spot that most hikers use to exit the trail and go into Franklin, N.C. In order to post comments, please make sure JavaScript and Cookies are enabled, and reload the page. Winding Stair Gap is a physical feature (gap) in Macon County. 64, in Macon County, North Carolina. It was rather windy that high up so we snapped some pics and journeyed down the mountain. It's right outside the hiker friendly town of Franklin, NC, so the town is your last chance for a hot meal and any last minute supplies. Dec 14, 2011 - Taken looking east from Winding Stair Gap in Franklin, NC We found a good water source just past the intersection and refilled our water bottles. Elevation Range. Then of course Ron. How easy is the spring to access from the road? Winding Stair Gap, US 64: Edit. Started off today a little sluggish, but my thigh felt much improved. A quick spur to the clearing is worth the panoramic views of the Nantahala National Forest. We were packed up and ready for the return shuttle to Winding Stair Gap before 9:00. The fire tower is made of stone. Me on Siler Bald summit . Hikers coming to the Winding Stair Gap/Hwy 64 junction in Macon County usually can’t pass up the temptation to hitch a ride 11 miles down the road our hiker-friendly town. Grade Range. use of cookies, Privacy Policy, A STREAM! The name of this peak was believed to be a derivative of the Cherokee word "Waya" meaning "wolf". Beginning at Winding Stair Gap, the trail climbs nearly 1,500' over four miles to the summit of Siler Bald. I wondered how you fared with the storm that was knocking down trees and hurling 96 gallon trash cans into the streets here in Durham. I wish I had my good camera with me still. Follow the ro [...]. Big Laurel Falls (above) From Franklin, take US 64 west toward Hayesville/Murphy for 11.8 miles, over Winding Stair Gap. Hiking the AT – Laurel Falls / Watagua Lake / Aggressive Bears. At 2.1 miles the trail passes 4383 foot Panther Gap. However we have found many true mountainside springs all through the area, especially in Asheville and Highlands. I’m impressed that you’re making 12-13 miles per day. There was a family providing some “trail magic” in the form of a hot cooked breakfast in the parking lot when we arrived. miles. Reference: EL-Shazley,A.K.,Loehn C.,and Tracy R.J.,(2011) P-T-t evolution of granulite facies metamorphism and partial melting in the Winding Stair Gap,Central Blue Ridge,North Carolina,USA: Journal of Metamorphic Geology ⓘ Beast, Loon, and Verge all went on ahead while I was still packing up my tent. As we pulled up, 8Track and his lovely wife Kathy arrived in their RV, “promptly” pulling down the awning, and handing out a three course serving of Trail Magic. The USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) publishes a set of the most commonly used topographic maps of the U.S. called US Topo that are separated into rectangular quadrants that are printed at 22.75"x29" or larger. Day 2 - We left Wayah Bald and made our way to Wesser Bald Shelter (MM 120.8 to 131.4). Hiking the AT – Walking in a Wonderful Waterfall Land / Giving Birth Asleep? … A quick spur to the clearing is worth the panoramic views of the Nantahala National Forest. Map; Elevation Profile; Stats Prepare; Map Data [kml] Create New Plan; Reviews; No reviews found. Rock Gap to Winding Stair Gap Trail is a 7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Franklin, North Carolina that features a river and is rated as moderate. Location: Winding Stair Gap / Franklin NC (109.8 miles) Tags: Appalachian Trail, Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina. Length. Good morning???? Beginning at Winding Stair Gap, the trail climbs nearly 1,500' over four miles to the summit of Siler Bald. Her plan was to stay at that shelter that evening. Siler Bald sits high on the crest of the Nantahala Mountains just west of Franklin, North Carolina and is easily driveable from Atlanta, Asheville, Knoxville, Greenville, and more. It’s across the street from the parking lot at Winding Stair Gap (elev 3770), which is approximately 8 miles west of Franklin, NC on Hwy 64. It is NOT a good place to leave a vehicle overnight! The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. By continuing to browse our site you agree to our “Hiker midnight” is when the sun goes down. A large parking area for about twenty cars is located where the AT first meets US 64. 0.2 mi. Category: North America, North Carolina, United States, View All, U.S. Hwy. The springs that you have found I climbed another mountain and in a big open field sitting in the sun eating his lunch was another hiker. I felt better since I started taking medication for my bronchitis and was eager to get back on trail. No complaints, here. Franklin Area. Her name was Snow Flake. Unicoi Gap to Franklin, NC. Can you make a separate listing for this Spring you speak of, SARA? © Copyright document.write(new Date().getFullYear()); Todd Withrow All Rights Reserved   |   Site Map | Privacy Policy | Website by NicheLabs.com, https://fundraise.showhope.org/hikeforhope. Winding Stair Gap on Highway 64 is the starting point for this spectacular backpacking trip through the Nantahala National Forest. 0.6 mi. We found a good water source just past the intersection and refilled our water bottles. The GPS coordinates are N35 07.184 W83 32.886 for those who have a GPS devise in their vehicle. There is a parking lot at the Gap if you need to leave a car. We’re very proud to serve the people of Franklin and the surrounding area with plant, trees and shrubs, native species, as well as, our farm-grown vegetable starts, when the season is right. I mean no disrespect, but this is not a spring. From the town of Franklin, NC: Follow US 64 10 miles westbound to Winding Stair Gap, notable by a big rock cut in mountain. Winding Stair Gap and US 64 A large parking area for about twenty cars is located where the AT first meets US 64. Having some nice weather for a change will be revitalizing. The stream is covered by concrete and the concrete is disguised by leaves and dirt. APPALACHIAN TRAIL HIKERS in the Franklin, NC area: Local shuttles are available to the AT within 15-25 miles from the town of Franklin (such as to Winding Stair Gap, Wayah Gap, Rock Gap or Wallace Gap) The Nantahala Hiking Club members help hikers do this as a friendly service and appreciate AT LEAST 6 to 8 hours notice. I wondered how you fared with the storm that was knocking down trees and hurling 96 gallon trash cans into the streets here in Durham. Email: [email protected] Range: Hot Springs to Pearisburg, VA. Range: Winding Stair Gap, NC to Damascus and stops in between . Winding Stair Gap, US 64 to NC 28 (0) last updated May 31, 2016 by rhymenocerous. The camp site was packed. Click here for instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your browser. Runs continuously. Siler Bald sits high on the crest of the Nantahala Mountains just west of Franklin, North Carolina and is easily driveable from Atlanta, Asheville, Knoxville, Greenville, and more. 18 Responses to April 6, Mile 107.7, Winding Stair Gap, Franklin, NC. I stopped and chatted with him for a bit as well. You will see the pipe coming horizontal from the side of the mountain with water constantly running. Rock Gap to Winding Stair Gap Trail is a 7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Franklin, North Carolina that features a river and is rated as moderate. The GPS coordinates are N35 07.184 W83 32.886 for those who have a GPS devise in their vehicle. Read More. There weren’t many spots left. The Global Positioning System gave us a location of N35° 07.207′ and W 83° 32.638′. Yes he had some long legs which aided him in moving up mountains pretty quickly. Mid afternoon I took a side trail which led down to a shetler. He offered us a ride into Franklin but we still had 3.7 miles to go before we quit, so we continued across the road and into the forest again. There was a family providing some “trail magic” in the form of a hot cooked breakfast in the parking lot when we arrived. Sunday, 8 May 2016 - Mother's Day Unicoi Gap (52.9 MFS) to Sassafras Gap (63.3 MFS) Being a thru-hiker has some perks, one being our room discount. My husband and I drank form it for a couple of months (daily) before discovering it's source of free flowing water about 100 ft up the trail – ah, ha! Bikes to rent for a small fee. 31 ft. 250 - 500 ft/mi ~ 5 - 10 %. Sunday, 8 May 2016 - Mother's Day Unicoi Gap (52.9 MFS) to Sassafras Gap (63.3 MFS) Being a thru-hiker has some perks, one being our room discount. If you think a better GPS coordinate is suitable, please make a comment on the spring page including the better coordinates. The section from Burningtown Gap to Winding Stair Gap that traverses Siler Bald is one of those especially scenic bits and pieces. A brick marker lists the elevation and directions. 18° 2′ 16″ N, 66° 22′ 26.03″ W ( [...], This public drinking spring is located at the junction of Tallyho and [...], When Traveling Towards Harrison, the Spring is on the Right side on th [...], A natural cold water springs, off the Texas beaten path. It was dark by the time we reached the shelter. He promised to pick us up at Winding Stair Gap if we were there when they went by. Follow US 64 West past Winding Stair Gap (big rock cut in mountain) and about a mile further, turn left at sign for Standing Indian Campground and Appalachian Trail. 0.7 mi. my tds meter gave me a 4ppm my ph meter gave me a reading of 6.2ph. At 3.7 miles reach the blue blazed loop trail that leads 0.5 miles to Siler Bald Shelter. Learn more about the farm shop. The primary coordinates for Winding Stair Gap places it within the NC 28734 ZIP Code delivery area.. Maps, Driving Directions & Local Area Information He told someone that and they blurted out “Fargo!” Fargo is actually in North Dakota, but he opted to keep that as his trail name anyway. Winding Stair Gap and US 64. While eating dinner I noticed all of the thru hikers where hanging out by the shelter. The location of Winding Stair Gap is marked on an interactive map. Hot Springs in Puerto Rico The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. LENGTH 8.7 MILES. My knee started giving me trouble a little before we reached the Wayah Bald fire tower, so we took an abnormally long break there (of course I didn't tell the Ks I was having knee pain because they would've been worried - I just told them my old bones were creaking and I needed to rest). Dogs are also able to … Click here for instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your browser. As soon as you walk down the steps you’ll plunge deep into a rhododendron thicket – and the undeniable depth of the Nantahala National Forest. U.S. Hwy. Range: Hot Springs to Damascus, airport and bus pick ups, Asheville, tri-cities, and Knoxville. My knee started giving me trouble a little before we reached the Wayah Bald fire tower, so we took an abnormally long break there (of course I didn't tell the Ks I was having knee pain because they would've been worried - I just told them my old bones were creaking and I needed to rest). About 2 miles up this road is sign for campground – turn right (FS 67) and go 1/2 mile to Rock Gap. Right food is swollen by the end of a day's hike, but isn't getting worse. Unicoi Gap to Winding Stair Gap (Franklin, NC) MFS = Miles From Spring Mountain, GA Zero Day = a day with no hiking Nero Day = a day with very little hiking PUDs = pointless ups and downs None of the photos in this post are mine! I live in Highlands and would love to know where I can get Spring Water. https://fundraise.showhope.org/hikeforhope. Trailhead Coordinates Latitude: 35.120682 Longitude: -83.547218 Red Tape. Stick to the white blazes, designating the AT, and you won’t get lost. Read More. Dec 14, 2011 - Taken looking east from Winding Stair Gap in Franklin, NC At 2.6 miles the trail travels near 4339 foot Big Stamp. In the morning we left Hiawassee and drove back to Unicoi Gap. The section from Burningtown Gap to Winding Stair Gap that traverses Siler Bald is one of those especially scenic bits and pieces. Learn more about the farm shop. Elevation Gain. 18 Responses to April 6, Mile 107.7, Winding Stair Gap, Franklin, NC. As I lay there trying to stay warm, sliding off my sleeping pad, I realized I was close to one on my client’s vacation rental properties in Topton, NC. I felt better since I started taking medication for my bronchitis and was eager to get back on trail. Go 7.0 miles, past the Standing Indian campground, to the parking pullout on the right. The map can be searched by either business name … My pops dropped me off for the final time at Rock Gap near Franklin, NC. Winding Stair Gap on Highway 64 is the starting point for this spectacular backpacking trip through the Nantahala National Forest. it tasted great and it was nice and cold. Hiking the AT – The Monsoon Over Hump Mountains, Hiking the AT – The Balds / Over Mountain Shelter. Diane says: April 6, 2011 at 10:29 am. Right food is swollen by the end of a day's hike, but isn't getting worse. Winding Stair Gap, US 64: Edit. Map; Elevation Profile ; Details , Directions; What's here? Franklin, NC [10.0E] North; 0.9N - Campsite 0.9N - water source 4.2N - Siler Bald Shelter [0.5E] 5.9N - S.R. The company's filing status is listed as Current-Active and its File Number is 2062943. Turn left onto West Old Murphy Road, go 1.9 miles and turn right. Terms of Service, and Disclaimer. … There has been vandalism to cars left here overnight. It is a seep that creek water flows from. Beast, Loon, and Verge all went on ahead while I was still packing up my tent. Siler Bald via Winding Stair Gap Nantahala National Forest, NC. Length. Map; Elevation Profile; Stats Prepare; Map Data [kml] Create New Plan; Reviews; No reviews found. As soon as you walk down the steps you’ll plunge deep into a rhododendron thicket – and the undeniable depth of the Nantahala National Forest. Unicoi Gap to Winding Stair Gap (Franklin, NC) MFS = Miles From Spring Mountain, GA Zero Day = a day with no hiking Nero Day = a day with very little hiking PUDs = pointless ups and downs None of the photos in this post are mine! He was from South Dakota. We parted ways and a passed another hiker by the name of Diesel on my way back to the trail. 31 ft. 250 - 500 ft/mi ~ 5 - 10 %. So much for socializing:). I’ve heard there are at least 3 to 4 springs in Highlands, but I only know of one location. Parking is on the left. He was really cute. I think it was exactly 11 miles. I had to settle for a spot on a slight hill. Stick to the white blazes, designating the AT, and you won’t get lost. It was yet another beautiful day. Day 9- Carter Gap Shelter to Winding Stair Gap to Franklin, NC Total Miles Hiked from Springer: 109.8 Miles Hiked Today: 15.9 Miles walked in town: 3.0 Milestone: Over 100 miles hiked Physical Status Dan: Right wrist is tender and weak but slowly improving. Day 1, we hiked from Winding Stair Gap to Wayah Bald shelter. Winding Stair Foundation is a North Carolina Non-Profit Corporation filed on October 8, 2020. We stock a wide range of plants, from perennials to annuals, trees, shrubs, evergreens, as well as a range of Natives plants. My company built a new website for a few years back: www.forgelakelodge.com. Thank you! For a longer hike, consider Siler Bald via Winding Stair Gap. It's right outside the hiker friendly town of Franklin, NC, so the town is your last chance for a hot meal and any last minute supplies. A young guy who went by the name of Fargo. The peak elevation for this section was 5,342 with lots of ups and downs along the way. Once someone else confirms the more suitable coordinates, we will adjust the pin drop on map. The diverse and prolific range of plants we offer is pretty unique. Parking can be found at the top of the Winding Stair Gap next to the Appalachian Trail, or to the north of the outcrop at a scenic overlook (Absher and McSween Jr., 1986). I marched on. Winding Stair Gap, US 64 to NC 28 (0) last updated May 31, 2016 by rhymenocerous. The trail passes by a campsite at 0.9 miles and reaches 4100 foot Swinging Lick Gap at 1.2 miles. Go about 3/4 mile uphill on Billy Cabin Road. I wanted to hang out by the campfire. Elevation Range. It’s dark and cold so everyone just climbs in the their tents / hammocks and wraps up in their sleeping bags / quilts to stay warm and rest up for the next big day of hiking. My pops dropped me off for the final time at Rock Gap near Franklin, NC. Winding Stair Gap to Siler Bald via Appalachian Trail is a 9.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Franklin, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. Grade Range. ELEVATION GAIN. And all of the people hanging out by the campfire were day / section / local hikers. Follow US 64 West past Winding Stair Gap (big rock cut in mountain) and about a mile further, turn left at sign for Standing Indian Campground and Appalachian Trail. It was yet another beautiful day. Hiking the AT – Winding Stair Gap Waterfall / Wayah Bald. We stock a wide range of plants, from perennials to annuals, trees, shrubs, evergreens, as well as a range of Natives plants. Currently you have JavaScript disabled. Elevation Gain. Thank you in advance.???????????? The Registered Agent on file for this company is Bredendieck, Stacy and is located at 7984 West Old Murphy Road, Franklin, NC … DIFFICULTY 12.3 Medium. Have lunch as well 0 ) last updated May 31, 2016 by rhymenocerous Hwy! And only a few minutes later a hiker came up the hill around corner... / Wayah Bald ) from Franklin, NC US Topo map quadrant Winding Stair Gap, Franklin, NC Topo! 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