Three or four years ago hubby and I accidentally discovered a wonderful road that winds through the mountains of North Carolina. It goes north from Hwy 64 near Franklin, NC, very winding and curvy and offers incredible views. Since we found it we have been over that mountain numerous times, and it is one of our favorite day trips from home. We had noticed a graveled, steep road leading off of the main road, but just assumed it was a forestry service fire road and didn't think much about it until last fall when I discovered there is an observation tower up there at the peak. We had intended going up there this past winter, but the few times we went over the main road, the gravel road was basically impassable due to snow and ice.
So a week or so ago we decided since the weather was supposed to be lovely, we would pack a picnic and see if the road up to the top of Wayah Bald was okay to drive - and it was! While it was narrow and graveled, and a single lane most of the way, the road was in basically pretty good shape, with few major ruts or pot holes. We drove right up to the top, parked, and walked the 1/4 mile or less to the tower.