Rufus Morgan Trail

MODERATE 45 reviews
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Rufus Morgan Trail is a 1 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.0 miles
288 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips





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."

23 days ago

very easy. great for kids. beautiful falls.

1 month ago

Awesome trail. We choose to hike it during the rainy season. The national forestry closes the road during the rainy season. This makes for a much much longer hike that starts at the bottom of the mountain. Still an amazing hike. We plan to go again when the flowers are in bloom.

6 months ago

Fun short trail! great for family and dogs, several waterfalls, it was hard to find though!!

6 months ago

Very negotiable and quiet. Short. Took me 36 min and I took my time. Nice waterfall. Good short hike with little ones to break them in. There's nothing better than a walk in the woods, right?

8 months ago

This trail is a very nice walk up to the Falls good place for picnic nice walk back

9 months ago

Nice hike to the falls but the entrance off the main road is only marked with mile marker number 388.
Drive in is several miles to the starting point

9 months ago

Very nice, shirt waterfall hike. Not well travelled and really nice falls

9 months ago

Very nice, shirt waterfall hike. Not well travelled and really nice falls

10 months ago

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

11 months ago

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

Monday, April 17, 2017

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

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

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

Thursday, March 30, 2017

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!

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

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.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

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.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

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).

Monday, September 19, 2016

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

Monday, May 23, 2016

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

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.

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.

Friday, October 24, 2014

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

Saturday, May 17, 2014

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.

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