Rufus Morgan Trail

MODERATE 70 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.

DISTANCE
1.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
288 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

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."

10 days ago

nice hike to very tall waterfall

12 days ago

Perfect trail for a leisurely hike. Absolutely beautiful, with only a couple other hikers, it felt like we were secluded into a deep forest. A bit too early for fall colors, but did find some red, orange and yellow leaves dotting the path. Will definitely recommend.

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1 month ago

The trail to the left looked washed out so instead of the loop we went right and back the same way (see recording)

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1 month ago

Nice trail ending with a good looking waterfall

1 month ago

Great little hike!

2 months ago

Great short trail with waterfall. The road without a name off Wayah rd. is Forest Service Rd. 388. There is a sign on this road @ 2 miles in for the trail.

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2 months ago

This looped trail is really fun with great waterfall views. The road leading to it is 2 miles long of one lane section and can be a little dangerous, but we made it up and back just fine. If two cars need to pass in opposite directions, be cautious. Key is....be smart and drive up it slow.

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3 months ago

these directions are wrong. loafers glory is on SR 1442, not 1448.

3 months ago

Awesome hike! Completed June 2018. We had an age range from 4 to 75 and everyone managed just fine. The littles ran ahead the entire time and the elders took their time and used walking sticks. Steady incline, single file. Georgeous forest, many fun stream crossings, two waterfalls. Love that it's a loop. Follow blue trail markers. Hike is marked with a sign as you're driving on Forest 388. Enjoy!

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4 months ago

Beautiful short hike ending at the waterfall! So many ferns and got to see a bunch of salamanders at the base of the falls. We wish we would have brought our lunch out there to eat and spend more time by the waterfall.

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4 months ago

We absolutely loved it. beautiful waterfall. We brought my wife's 65 year old father and he handled it well. a few steep parts but overall very easy for the young and fit. well worth it!

4 months ago

Great little loop with amazing falls half way through. Because of the rain the trail was wet, muddy, and parts were slippery, also watch your step with roots sticking out of the ground. The falls were really beautiful and really healthy, again because of the rain.

6 months ago

very easy. great for kids. beautiful falls.

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6 months 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.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

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

Sunday, September 24, 2017

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?

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Monday, August 07, 2017

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

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

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

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Monday, July 03, 2017

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

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Monday, July 03, 2017

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

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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

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Monday, May 08, 2017

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

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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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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