Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

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.

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.

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.

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23 days 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.

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

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1 month ago

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

July 5, 2018. Husband set out alone on Standing Indian. Deep Gap trail was not marked or accessible. Best route through AT trail. Beautiful vistas at the top.

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.

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!

This is not a hike but a lovely community greenway. We parked at the trail head (I believe) and my 6 and 4 year olds had a blast. There are restrooms, playgrounds, and a small splash pad. Greenway had a walking picture book that my boys had a lot of fun with. Paved trail goes along river and had blackberry bushes and beaver dams (so cool!). No waterfalls, not a hike, but a well-used urban greenway.

Took the stairs across the street from the Wayah Fire tower - 3.5 out and back. Or should I say up and down. Steady incline the whole way with a couple steeper parts as well as places where it levels out enough to take a quick break. Lots of forest cover until you reach the top. The 1/4 mike walk up the bald/meadow to the top is the highlight. Amazing views in every direction. Solid quick workout and a beautiful walk up in the mountains of Nantahala.

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.

One of my favorites when all of the wildflowers are in bloom.

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2 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.

Easy uphill hike starting from Wayah Rd following the AT with beautiful views at the top! A few cute creek crossings and lots of ferns and wildflowers along the trail.

Great trail. Mostly on the AT with a spur up to Silar Bald and 360 degree views at the peak. Enjoyed it with the kids and it was very appropriate for the 8-18 Year olds.

This is a paved trail in and near downtown Franklin with multiple points of access. It is great asset to the community that offers access to fishing, wildlife, a view of the Little Tennessee River, dog park, and 2 playgrounds. For those seeking a little solitude head to the southernmost section adjacent to Cartoogechaye Creek. Sorry, NO waterfall!

Beautiful hike. If you park at the Murphy Road lot, you have to cross over the road, head north on the winding stair trail, up the AT, and pass the sign for Snow Bird Gap, to come to a grassy clearing, to hike up to Silers' Bald. The views are well worth it. you can take the spur trail to the Silers' Bald Shelter, y
take a break, then continue from the shelter on the other side of the Silers' Bald Shelter trail to reach the actual Silers' Bald final approach. You'll see a granite market at the top.

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2 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!

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.

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3 months 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.

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4 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.

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