Work begins to rebuild the roof at Wayah Tower

Reconstruction has begun to replace the wooden roof of the historic Wayah Bald Fire Tower, which burned up in the Camp Branch Fire during last year’s prolific wildfire season.

Built in 1937 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the tower is a staple of the Nantahala Ranger District, on clear days offering views north to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Tennessee and south to the hills of Georgia.

Depending on weather, the work should be complete in a matter of weeks.

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