Explore the most popular trail running 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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

2 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.

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.

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.

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.

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. :).

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.

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 walk in the woods but not very scenic. Not a loop!

This description is very misleading! We drove 3 hours to get here and this is a paved trail! It is a greenway in the middle of downtown Franklin, NC.

Up to Williams pulpit where the view is absolutely worth a stop and a chill moment looking at the lake below. Come back the same way it's mostly downhill and really easy
A beautiful forest with not so many people hiking around.

Beautiful views.

For the out of shape hiker this trail and it's steep inclines are a challenge, for everyone else it should be pretty easy! The views at the top are totally worth it.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

We didn't do the entire trail because we were tired from an earlier walk. There are many different entrance points for this trail. We started at the beginning, but there were many stops along where more people joined - I'm assuming mostly locals.

A nice hike, tough ascent if you're a flatlander, and a leg pumping scramble to the pulpit. Nice view!

So...almost exactly 4 miles round trip to Williams pulpit. When you see the sign, take the small trail to the left for the overlook.

Fantastic trail, beautiful views! But be ready for the final climb - it's a real workout!

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