Rufus Morgan Trail

MODERATE 12 reviews
#11 of 60 trails in

Rufus Morgan Trail is a 4.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Franklin, NC that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October.

4.9 miles 1195 feet Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

HIGHLIGHTS 60 Ft. Cascading waterfall Well worn path with a 2 creek crossings via footbridge Wildflowers are abundant in Mid to late April Flame Azalea, Mountain Laurel and Rhododendron from late May through late July Trail is blue-blazed Suitable for all ages We recommend the Rufus Morgan Trail to the entire family, including "Fido." We suggest that you come in mid to late April through early May for the best chance to see the floor of the forest covered with wildflowers. If you have dogs, please keep them on a leash and the two stream crossings will give them a chance to hydrate during the trek. Come in late May- July (at this elevation) to enjoy the multitude of blooming Rhododendrons, Flame Azeleas and Mountain Laruel. The entire right hand side of the falls are lined with Rhododendron. The last time I came was in late August and the blooming season had already passed. We recommend this trail because it is a great activity for the entire family. This trail is also sutiable for senior citizens that still get regular exercise. The trail is Blue Blazed and is well maintained. The falls are beautiful and the sounds of cascading water by the creek are both relaxing and rejuvenating to sit and listen to. This is a loop trail but you can simply hike to the falls and return the same way you came if you like. Either way leads back to the small parking area where you started. Make a day out of it and see the nearby "Wayah Bald Lookout Tower" and have a nice picnic packed to enjoy at the tables found at the top.

hiking
1 month ago

The 4.9 mile hike is from Wayah rd. Until you get to the loop it is an easy walk on an access road with gradual elevation changes. You can actually drive up the access road to the trail head. The loop itself is the portion of the hike rated moderate. Nice small waterfall at the top (its dry season).

2 months ago

Easy and short loop trail . Waterfall is moderate in size and pretty.

5 months ago

Very short. Waterfall was neat but it's over in about ten minutes.

6 months ago

Easy trail scenic shady I like it

hiking
6 months ago

Has a nice waterfall half way through. Some parts of the trail could use some maintenance lots of downed trees.

hiking
8 months ago

worth noting that the 4.9 mile is from wayah rd. if you drive up to the parking area/trailhead on forest road 388, it's only about a mile and a half. Good for kids and or dogs. Definitely on the easy side of moderate.

walking
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

Nice easy little hike, but in serious need of maintenance at the moment. Gotta high step over a few fallen trees. Beautiful waterfalls about half way.

1 year ago

We enjoyed this short hike on the mountain. The trail is narrow but well marked. We made it with a 4 year old, 6 year old, and the grand parents.

The drive from the paved road to trail head is 2 miles.

1 year ago

2 years ago

Nice short hike for those of us with small kids. Waterfall provides a break at the 1/2 way mark.

hiking
2 years ago

This is my second time on the trail, it is a short and sweet hike with a lovely waterfall. Lovely wildflowers, too!

Incline is gentle and trail is well-maintained.

Saw a black snake but it didn't give us any trouble.