Bartram Trail: Wallace Branch to William's Pulpit

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Bartram Trail: Wallace Branch to William's Pulpit is a 4.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Franklin, North Carolina that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.1 miles
1,085 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips

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wild flowers



Part of Section 4 of the 100-mile N.C. Bartram Trail. The trail offers a steady climb up the ridgelines and peaceful forests. There are spring and summer wildflowers along trail and a cascading Waterfall within 5 min. of parking area Along the trail there are views of Mill Creek Country Club and Valley from 100 ft. long rock shelf.

9 days ago

We loved this trail! It was a good little workout and the view was amazing, just watch out for bees when you get to William’s Pulpit!

2 months ago

It was a great hike not too long, but you definitely get a workout. There are some cute waterfalls along the trail, however, the view is not as great as expected.

2 months ago

7/26/18 - We had a blast on this trail. The drive to it was extremely easy and it’s really close to Franklin. It’s a long hike with some elevation so be ready, but the view from WIlliams Pulpit is worth every step. We went a little beyond the pulpit but stopped shortly after as we knew we still had 2 miles to make it back to the car.

2 months ago

Mellow trail out and back with a few pretty waterfalls and a nice payoff view. We are avid hikers from Colorado and it took us a little over 1.5 hours (out and back) at a relaxed but brisk pace. Would recommend for a close day hike to Franklin, NC

3 months ago

July 3, 2018. Enjoyed this trail with 11 and 13 year olds -- 4 hours to summit and back including snack and rest at the top. It was definitely a moderate hike, challenging but fun -- no climbing over boulders.

4 months ago

Nice view at the pulpit but very hot there so we did not stay long. Brought our two dogs. Plenty of water along the way for them to sip & cool down. Our 15 year old who is not an avid hiker enjoyed this hike.

6 months ago

Wonderful, well marked trail on your way into or home from North Carolina. The instant look at the waterfall gives you a great start to what quickly turns into an uphill climb. From there the narrow and well worn trail will offer you great views in either direction as you make it up to Willams Pulpit. From there you can choose to continue on the Bartram trail or take it back downhill.

11 months ago

This is a steady uphill climb, with a pretty waterfall at the bottom & a gorgeous view at the top. Keep the view in mind when you want to quit (believe me, I thought about it). We both enjoyed the challenge, the quiet, and the stunning colors (the dog had fun too!).

(Hiked 10/29/17)

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

This is my second time doing this hike. The waterfall is very pretty and the view from William's Pulpit is a nice one. The hike is pretty steadily up hill and you'll be glad to get to your final destination--particularly since the climb continues thereafter. This time we actually went several miles further to Harrison Gap and I can say that it was a real workout--we were thrilled to get to William's Pulpit on the way back!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Nice easy/moderate hike. Mostly in woods, but a few mountain views sneak in. My dog liked it too. Fairly light traffic for a Sat.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Nice walk in the woods but not very scenic. Not a loop!

Monday, May 01, 2017

Up to Williams pulpit where the view is absolutely worth a stop and a chill moment looking at the lake below. Come back the same way it's mostly downhill and really easy
A beautiful forest with not so many people hiking around.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Beautiful views.

Monday, March 06, 2017

For the out of shape hiker this trail and it's steep inclines are a challenge, for everyone else it should be pretty easy! The views at the top are totally worth it.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

A nice hike, tough ascent if you're a flatlander, and a leg pumping scramble to the pulpit. Nice view!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

So...almost exactly 4 miles round trip to Williams pulpit. When you see the sign, take the small trail to the left for the overlook.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Fantastic trail, beautiful views! But be ready for the final climb - it's a real workout!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Very cool. Perfect for my family. (Wife and kids 9,7,5 years old) nice high climb near Williams Pulpit.

Saturday, April 02, 2016

well groomed trail with beautiful views

Friday, January 15, 2016

Awesome very peaceful except out towards the airport

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Great short hike, as it is only 4 miles roundtrip, though the steepness makes it feel a little longer. There is an elevation change of 1000 feet in 1 mile. The trail is mostly moderate but the last bit is a little challenging.

Trail is well-marked with yellow trail markers. There are 2 waterfalls and a campground along the way. When we went, some campers had left a lot of duct tape and a bit of trash, which we cleared out.

You'll reach a sign that says William's Pulpit, keep going! You will reach a second sign and the rock ledge will be toward the left. You get about a 180-degree view of Mill Creek Valley, the view is nice, but some trees block the left side, I think you'll get a better view when there is not as much vegetation.

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