Wayah is the Cherokee word for “wolf.” Wayah Bald was named after the red wolves that used to live in the area. Now red wolves are the worlds most endangered wolf. Today there are only 20 red wolves in the wild.

Wayah Bald is one hour away from Hideaway Point. It is in the Nantahala National Forest. At the top it is 5,345 feet high. We took a long walk up a steep mountain to get there. There are ferns, rhododendron, azaleas and maple trees. Wayah Bald is part of the Appalatian trail and the Barton Trail.

If you don’t want to walk on the long trail you can drive your car to the top. At the top there is a lookout tower with a beautiful view. You can have a picnic there. The lookout tower was built in 1937 by the CCC. It used to be a tower where people watched for forest fires, but now is a place to see the the beautiful view of the Smoky Mountains.