Arrowood Glade Picnic Area

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  •  Arrowood Glade picnic area in Franklin NC offers a family friendly picnic spot in Nantahala National Forest
  • 1 small covered pavilion with picnic tables and outdoor grills (footbridge access across creek) 
  •  Numerous uncovered picnic tables in a meadow-like setting along with charcoal grills 
  •  Restroom facilities with running water
  •  Plenty of Parking 
  •  Nantahala National Forest Map Kiosk with area info located at restrooms 
  •  Trout fishing in nearby Wayah Creek and Cartoogecheye Creek 

The Local Scoop

Arrowood Glade Picnic Area in Franklin NC is a lovely little spot for a picnic in Nantahala National Forest.  You can sit out and enjoy the warm meadow-like setting while you enjoy time with your friends and family.
Bring a frisbee or ball of choice to toss around after you have your meal. Or, just bring a book or magazine to enjoy while you soak up the refreshing mountain air.
We recommend Arrowwood Glade Picnic Area to the entire family and is great for large groups. The kids can run around in the meadows or splash around in the small, shallow creek. There is a nice sized parking area and bathrooms on property.
Note:  If you drive all the way through, you will need to loop back around. There is a road that continues on past the picnic area but it is private.

The Local Directions

From intersection of U.S. Hwy-64 W and U.S. Hwy-23/441 North in Franklin NC take Hwy-64 W towards Murphy, NC for 3.8 miles to "Old Murphy Rd. (SR 1448) on your Right (Wayah Bald Sign). After you take the exit continue down the hill for just under 0.2 miles to Wayah Road (SR 1310) on your Left ("Loafers Glory" gas station will be at the intersection of Old Murphy Rd. and Wayah Rd, so you'll know where to turn). Continue on Wayah Rd. for 3.1 miles and the Arrowood Glade Picnic Area will be on your right. An older sign reading, "Nantahala National Forest Picnic Area, Arrowood Glade" will be at the entrance as well as two iron gates.

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35.16648, -83.51127
Nearest City
Easy via Wayah Road
(gravel parking)
Macon County
Distance From
Franklin 7.3 miles