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Siler Bald

Siler Bald

Approximate size: 6,279 acres

Roadless acreage: 0

Old growth acreage: 13

Location: Macon County, NC; 10 miles southwest of Franklin; Wayah Ranger District, Nantahala National Forest

USGS Topographic Maps: Wayah Bald, Topton, Rainbow Springs

Siler Bald, named for the same Siler family that gave its name to a bald in the Smokies, is most important because it protects a long corridor of large areas that the Appalachian Trail strings together. The bald itself is open and planted in grass which the Forest Service maintains by mowing.

The Appalachian Trail crosses this area from Winding Stairs Gap on U.S. Highway 64 in the south to Wayah Gap in the north. A shelter on the AT provides overnight facilities for through hikers.

Blueberries

The Right Prong of Rough Fork drainage on the northeast side of the area is an intriguing deep forest, and relatively untouched. There is no trail into this woodland dell, so caution is advised for those who try to penetrate it, though the successful will be rewarded with a lovely waterfall.

Spring flowers are abundant in the coves around Siler Bald. In the fall, there is usually a bumper crop of grapes and blueberries.

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