Explore the most popular wildlife 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!

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

Great trail. Moderately difficult. Up hills are not too steep until the last 1/4 mile to the top of Siler Bald. Views are outstanding. Only knock is that there are not many views and or features until the end. I would definitely recommend this hike because the prize is the vista at the top.

Beautiful views.

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