Explore the most popular hiking trails near Franklin with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
15 hours 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!

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.

Just did this loop on 5/18/18. Altered the trip slightly and took the spur trail from the AT to Siler Bald Shelter for a quick stop. Took us 1 hour 50 mins to get from the start of the trail to the shelter. The trail from the shelter up to the bald is very steep, but the views at the bald are gorgeous. We initially planned to camp somewhere near the bald/summit, but bad weather was rolling through so we hiked back down. All-up about 5 hours including stops with ~20lb packs on our backs. Nice trail - Would recommend.

hiking
20 days ago

Love this trail and love this website. However... dogs are NOT welcome on this trail even on a leash. The ONLY two trails in the park that allow dogs are Oconaluftee River trail on the NC side and Gatlinburg Trail on the TN side. Don't know where that info came from. It is absolutely false.

very easy. great for kids. beautiful falls.

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.

you walk along a river for a big portion of the hike. u have to cross it about 10 times. one crossing is down. had to take the shoes off and cross the river.

hiking
2 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.

Great Trek! Siler Bald views were fantastic!

It’s a paved greenway near a river for running, biking, walking, or playing. The one mile section has a small park for the kids and a dog park but be careful crossing the road during our construction time going the other direction.

Just a paved Greenway. Fine place for locals to get exercise, nothing for sight seeing. Don't drive to Franklin just to see this.

Awesome easy hike with big time views at the peak. Convenient parking at trail head. Moderate to challenging uphill slope to peak. Magnificent 360 degree views at peak.

Just did this on Dec 2nd when we had nice 60 degree days. I was pretty out of shape so the way up got me winded pretty quick, and took about 3 hours. The way down only took an hour and a half and was a breeze. I camped at the summit overnight and the sunset/sunrise were amazing. Saw a few day hikers, and a couple AT through hikers. Highly reccomend!

We did this trip (in Ocotober) with a side trip to the AT shelter on the way down which probably made it an even 10 miles. Didn’t see one person on the way up as it seems most people that do this as a day hike leave from another trailhead that is closer because we encountered a few groups coming up from the point where you hike the last leg up to the Bald summit. Views were stunning!

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)

That's right folks, no waterfalls. Except for an industrial pipe with water coming out of it.

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

Great for a quick walk in Franklin, nicely maintained, but no waterfalls!

Very challenging for a once a year hiker but doable. I did not get to the tower so must have missed something. Not well marked I guess. I did get to the top to a cell phone tower, however, and got a glimpse of a view. About 2 hrs up and 2 down. Includes pic taking and an occasional chat with a thru hiker. According to my gps about 3 miles one way. Well maintained. Good days work for this old gal. :).

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?

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!

There is no waterfall on this trail. Very misleading description. It has a nice paved walkway along the river and play areas for kids but NO WATERFALL, which is why I chose this trail. We wandered around looking for the waterfall for 30 minutes until a local informed us that there are no waterfalls off the greenway. The pictures posted here are not from this trail.

Basically half of it was like walking down or up a gravel road. A lot of climb in elevation without a view from the top.

hiking
9 months ago

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

Great trail if you're looking for a relatively challenging day hike. The trek from the road to the bald is almost completely uphill, with some flatter areas about half way. There are multiple places to filter water and camping spots where the Bartram Trail intersects if you're not up for doing this in one day. The only downside to this trail is that there are very few views on the way up. An alternative to the route posted is driving up to the bald, hiking down and crossing Wayah Rd, and going to Silers Bald (the offshoot a couple miles after the road crossing). It's a great spot that offers 360 views and a nice camping spot.

Seth, what part of the trail was that camping section located at? Looks like a great over view!

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.

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

hiking
10 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

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

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