Rufus Morgan Trail

MODERATE 25 reviews
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Rufus Morgan Trail is a 4.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Franklin, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
4.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1204 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

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 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."

hiking
6 days ago

Fantastic waterfall that is easy to get to (just a one-mile loop with slight incline). Perfect for family.

hiking
1 month ago

Great little hike! Steep climb at times but well worth the effort once you get to the large waterfall! Beautiful!

hiking
2 months ago

The road was open today so we were saved from the uphill hike on the gravel road

2 months ago

The 4.9 miles includes the forest road. You have to park at the bottom of the road because it's locked to traffic. Hike 2 miles on the road mostly uphill to reach the trailhead. The trail itself is a quick 1 miler to the amazing waterfall. Got some great photos and cooled off on the rocks. I'm glad I left my 6 year old with friends because the trail was a tad narrow and steep at times, but my 8 year old did great. Hiked 2 miles back to the car and we were nice and tired

hiking
2 months ago

We really enjoyed our hike from the road and up through the loop. We actually walked the trail in reverse order, so we ended at the trailhead. If we had started there, it would've been a quick 10 to 15 minute walk to get to the waterfall, but we saved it for the end of the hike instead. Great trail for new hikers, but I'm not so sure about small kids or grand parents. The access gravel road is still closed to traffic, and the walk up is a consistent incline. While manageable and scenic, know before you go that it's an uphill walk almost all of the way to the trailhead. Easy peasy walk back down!

hiking
3 months ago

This is a hard place to find but worth it. It is not a hard climb to falls. It is a lot like the AT. We visit this fall every time we are in Franklin, NC.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Gravel road is still closed, parking was fine at the bottom. Hike from the gate to the waterfall was just shy of 5 miles roundtrip.

hiking
7 months 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).

9 months ago

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

Sunday, June 12, 2016

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

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Easy trail scenic shady I like it

hiking
Monday, May 23, 2016

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

hiking
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

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.

hiking
Friday, February 26, 2016

walking
Monday, September 28, 2015

hiking
Sunday, September 20, 2015

hiking
Thursday, September 17, 2015

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.

Sunday, August 02, 2015

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.