Technically, yes, it’s a horse camp. But if they don’t mind, should you?

Not once you see the 15-mile trail network that includes a pair of 7.5-mile loops. One climbs 4,800-foot Goat Bald, which, according to the National Forest Service, “is a large wildlife opening that offers a spectacular view to the west of the Great Smoky Mountains and the Chilhowee Mountains in Tennessee.”

That network also crosses paths with the North Carolina Bartram Trail at Wine Spring Bald. More great views are to be had by following the Bartram east for a mile and a half to 5,385-foot Wayah Bald, where 360-degree views abound from the highest spot in the region. Or, go east for about 7 miles on a gentle downhill to Nantahala Lake. A scenic, well-tended trail.

More info: 828.524.6441, or here; take a trip on the Bartram Trail through the Wine Spring area here.

Google locator map

Photo: On the NC Bartram Trail near Wine Spring Bald
Address: 90 Sloan Road (address of nearby office of Nantahala Ranger District of the Nantahala National Forest)
City: Franklin
State: NC
Zip: 28734
Latitude: 35.1046
Longitude: 83.3672
No. of campsites: 5
No. with hookups: none
No. without hookups: 5
Primitive sites: 5
Reservations? 828.524.6441
Cost: none
Year-round? yes
Gate hours: none
Quiet hours: none
Stuff to do nearby: hiking, horseback riding