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Wayehutta ATV System

Friday, April 01, 2022

Other Names

Roy A. Taylor ATV Trail System, Jack Rabbit Hill, Nantahala National Forest

Last Known StatusOpen

This part of the Nantahala National Forest 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.

Visitors should 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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Permit RequiredNo
Dates OpenApril 1 - December 15
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedUnknown
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (99 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthYes (62 inches)bridge crossings have a width restriction of about 64"
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers Four WheelersPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermitted(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)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
MX Helmet RequiredYes
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingProhibited
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingNo
Trail BlazingProhibitedkeep on the trail
Rule Enforcement
CommentChildren 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.


Approx Size39,680 acres (62 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail28
Climate TypeForest
Elevation3000 to 5000 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Rated, Heavily Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has mostly loose dirt.Mostly
Hard PackThe trail has little hard pack terrain.Little
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has some berms.Some
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has some single track trails.Some
RoadsThis national forest has no roads.None
ShadeThis national forest has many shaded areas.Many
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has some expert terrain.Some
CommentMedWest 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.


AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest


Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (S)Moonshine Mini Mart (828) 293-5015
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (S)Moonshine Mini Mart (828) 293-5015
Potable Water WaterOn Site
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (N)Moonshine Creek Campground (828) 586-6666
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (N)Moonshine Creek Campground (828) 586-6666
Primitive Camping CampgroundCullowhee, NC
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (S)Moonshine Mini Mart (828) 293-5015


RidingYes ($5.00 per OHV)


Our RatingRating
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CityCullowhee, NC
AddressWayehutta Road, Cullowhee, NC 28723
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Hazelwood, NC
1) Take US-23 (US-74) South to Exit 85
2) Merge onto US-23 South, continue 1.4 miles
3) Turn left (east) onto Main Street/SR-107, continue about 3 miles
4) Turn left onto Old Cullowhee Road/SR-1002, continue 3.6 miles
5) Turn left onto Wayehutta Road, continue about 4 miles toward staging area.


Contact InfoNantahala National Forest - Nantahala Ranger District
90 Sloan Road
Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 524-6441
Contact InfoSmokey Mountain ORV Club
(828) 586-5679
Contact InfoCaney Fork General Store
7032 Highway 107
Cullowhee, NC 28723
(828) 293-7032
Commentsells trail passes
Contact InfoTop Cat Grocery
3275 US 441 South
Sylva, NC 28779
(828) 586-0847
Commentsells trail passes


Wayehutta Trail Photo

Wayehutta ATV System Trail

Photo Submitted 11/29/2012 (Thanks!)

Wayehutta Trail Photo

RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Wayehutta ATV System Trail

Photo Submitted 12/5/2012 (Thanks!)

Wayehutta Trail Photo

OHV at Wayehutta ATV System Trail

Photo Submitted 12/5/2012 (Thanks!)

Wayehutta Trail Photo

Terrain example at Wayehutta ATV System Trail

Photo Submitted 12/5/2012 (Thanks!)

Wayehutta Trail Photo

RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Wayehutta ATV System Trail

Photo Submitted 11/29/2012 (Thanks!)

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