Discover beautiful & scenic hiking trails
Franklin, NC Area Hiking Trails
This area is rich in a variety of hiking trails. This listing can only cover a few. The Appalachian Trail (Georgia to Maine) passes just a few miles West of Franklin and can be accessed at many places. The Bartram Trail also passes through Franklin, going East-West, and offers many highlights. There is a wide variety of trails offering hikes of different lengths in the Cowee, Fishhawk, and Nantahala Mountains.
For more information, contact: Forest Service, Wayah District (828-524-6441).
For hiking and camping supplies, check out our local Outfitters.
Important Hiking Resources
Short Hiking Trails
Ranging from 0.3 to 2 miles in length, these trails are a great way to get started in your hiking endeavors. Click a trail to read more
Little Tennessee River Greenway
Rufus Morgan Trail
Shot Pouch Trail
Wayah Bald Lookout Tower
Wasilik Poplar Trail
Laurel Falls Trail
Mooney Falls Trail
Albert Mountain Firetower
Medium Length Hiking Trails
Medium trails allow you to view more scenic locations, and also allow for a great workout. These trails range from 4 to 5 miles. Click a trail to read more
Standing Indian Mountain from Deep Gap
Whiterock Mountain via Bartram Trail
Park Creek - Park Ridge Loops
Wesser Bald Observation Tower
Longer Hiking Trails
Only for the experienced hiker. Long trails are strenuous and for that thrill seeker. Range: 9 to 10 miles. Click a trail to read more