Nantahala, NC – The North Carolina Bartram Trail, blazed in yellow, crosses over some of the most scenic mountains of the state, with many side trails, blazed in blue, leading to views of the Blue Ridge and the Smokies.
The Trail enters North Carolina just south of Highlands, near Rabun Bald, taking up where the Georgia Bartram Trail leaves off. The trail curves in a north-to-west direction through Western North Carolina, joining the Appalachian Trail at two points and ending on Cheoah Bald.
The Trail then climbs from the Georgia line to the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains and crosses the Fishhawk Mountains before descending to the little Tennessee River Valley. Here the Bartram Trail Society has designated a stretch of the Little Tennessee River to Franklin a canoe trail. Thru-hikers must follow a series of country roads through the valley into Franklin.
In Franklin, the Bartram Trail turns west and ascends the Nantahala Mountains to Wayah Bald, which, at 5385 feet, is the highest point on the trail. The trail joins the Appalachian Trail briefly, then descends to Nantahala Lake.
Continuing mainly on private lands from the Lake, the trail reaches Appletree Campground in the upper Nantahala Gorge, then climbs up and over Rattlesnake Knob before reaching the “put in” on the Nantahala River. From the river, the Trail climbs to the summit of Cheoah Bald, and ends there. (A “Western Extension” of the Bartram Trail follows the crest of the Snowbird Mountains towards Tennessee as far as Porterfield Gap.) The above information was taken from http://www.ncbartramtrail.org/ the above map was taken from http://www.bartramtrail.org/index.shtml .