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Wayehutta ATV System

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Alt Names Roy A. Taylor ATV Trail System, Jack Rabbit Hill, Nantahala National Forest
Last Known Status Open

Located in western North Carolina, this large area has about 28 miles of marked trail loops. Numerous bridge crossings, dense forest vegetation and a scenic waterfall trademark this popular trail system. Trails range from easy to difficult with some sections being very rocky and challenging.

The main staging area offers level parking and has a nice day use area that consists of picnic tables and a large gazebo. Cell phone service is not available at the staging area but a signal can usually be picked up along most of the trails and mountain ridges.

Please note that there is no longer an onsite self service pay station and passes must be purchased in advance by either visiting the Nantahala Ranger District, Caney Fork General Store or Top Cat Grocery.

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Nearest City Cullowhee, NC
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From: Hazelwood, NC
1) Take US-23 (US-74) south about 13 miles to exit 85
2) Continue about 1.7 miles
3) Turn left (east) on SR-107, continue about 3 miles
4) Turn left on SR-1002, continue 3.2 miles
5) Turn left on Edgewater Road, continue .8 miles
6) Turn left on SR-1731/Wayehutta Road, continue about 3.5 miles toward staging area.
Area Trail
Land National Forest
Rating Rating        
Recommended Stay Full Day
Square Miles 62
Miles Of Trail 28
Climate Type Forest
Elevation 2500 to 4500 ft.
Trail Maintenance Marked, Rated, Heavily Maintained
Loose Dirt This trail has mostly loose dirt.Mostly
Hard Pack The trail has little hard pack terrain.Little
Sand This trail has no sandy areas.None
Mud The trail has little mud after it rains.Little
Dust The trail has little dust on typical days.Little
Rocks This trail has some rocks.Some
Trees The trail has almost all trees.All
Steep Hills This trail has few steep hills.Few
Water Crossings The trail has no water crossings.None
Small Jumps This trail has no small jumps.None
Large Jumps This trail has no large jumps.None
Berms The trail has some berms.Some
Sand/Gravel Pits This national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single Track This national forest has some single track trails.Some
Roads This national forest has no roads.None
Shade This national forest has many shaded areas.Many
Hazards This trail has few hazards.Few (hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain Novice This trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain Amateur This trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain Expert This trail has some expert terrain.Some
Comment MedWest EMS (828) 456-7311 serves up to the parking lot with normal EMS service. Jackson County Rescue Squad (828) 586-8719 will respond anywhere in the park with multiple UTVs and medical bed.
Permit Required No
Dates Open April 1 - December 15
Spark Arrestor Yes A spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise Limit Yes (99 dB)
Whip Flags Not Required
Maximum Vehicle Width Yes (62 inches) bridge crossings have a width restriction of about 64"
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles Permitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers Four Wheelers Permitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXS Permitted (maximum width 62 inches)
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered) Prohibited
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
Helmets Required Yes
Bicycles No Restriction
Hiking No Restriction
Horseback No Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking Camping Prohibited
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night Riding No
Cross Country Prohibited stay on trail
Alcohol Prohibited
Fireworks Prohibited
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance *Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that all visitors get insurance for their ATV, UTV or motorcycle before visiting any of the locations shown on this website.
Comment Children under 8 may not operate ATVs or motorcycles. Children under 12 may not operate any ATV 70cc or larger. Children under 16 may not operate any ATV 90cc or larger. Operators under 16 must be under the supervision of a person over 18.
Parking No ($0.00)
Entry No ($0.00)
Riding Yes ($5.00 per OHV)
Tent: $0.00
RV: $0.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
First Aid First Aid 5-20 Miles (NW) MedWest-Harris Hospital (828) 586-7000
Gasoline Gasoline 5-20 Miles (S) Moonshine Mini Mart (828) 293-5015
Diesel Diesel 5-20 Miles (S) Moonshine Mini Mart (828) 293-5015
Potable Water Water On Site
RV Hookups RV Hookup 5-20 Miles (N) Moonshine Creek Campground (828) 586-6666
RV Dump Station RV Disposal 5-20 Miles (N) Moonshine Creek Campground (828) 586-6666
Primitive Camping Campground Cullowhee, NC
Convenience Store Conv Store 5-20 Miles (S) Moonshine Mini Mart (828) 293-5015
Swimming Swim Area Cullowhee, NC
Body of Water Water Body On Site Wayehutta Creek
Boating Launch Boat Ramp 5-20 Miles (S) Thorpe Reservoir/Lake Glenville Boat Ramp
Contact Info Nantahala National Forest - Nantahala Ranger District
90 Sloan Road
Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 524-6441
Contact Info Smokey Mountain ORV Club
(828) 586-5679
Contact Info Caney Fork General Store
7032 Highway 107
Cullowhee, NC 28723
(828) 293-7032
Comment Sells ATV Trail Passes
Contact Info Top Cat Grocery
3275 US 441 South
Sylva, NC 28779
(828) 586-0847
Comment Sells ATV Trail Passes


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Wayehutta ATV System Trail Photo

Wayehutta ATV System Trail

Photo Submitted 11/29/2012 (Thanks!)
Wayehutta ATV System Trail Photo

RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Wayehutta ATV System Trail

Photo Submitted 12/5/2012 (Thanks!)
Wayehutta ATV System Trail Photo

OHV at Wayehutta ATV System Trail

Photo Submitted 12/5/2012 (Thanks!)
Wayehutta ATV System Trail Photo

Some terrain at Wayehutta ATV System Trail

Photo Submitted 12/5/2012 (Thanks!)
Wayehutta ATV System Trail Photo

RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Wayehutta ATV System Trail

Photo Submitted 11/29/2012 (Thanks!)
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