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Ah, winter in the mountains… it’s a quieter time, a calmer time. And with the trees bare of their leaves, at every turn you’ll find views that go on forever.
For those who enjoy the brisk mountain air, there are plenty of things to do in western North Carolina during the winter months. Here are three hiking options that are sure to please, whether you’re after family fun or an active weekend escape.
Rufus Morgan Trail
A short 12-mile drive from Franklin, NC, the Rufus Morgan trail is a great option for hikers of all ages and abilities. The easy one-mile loop is well-marked and well-maintained, meandering through a mature hardwood forest and crossing a babbling stream via foot bridge.
Waterfalls in western North Carolina are a popular attraction, and for good reason. This trail will lead you to a great example. About halfway through the hike, take the optional side trail to the base of a beautiful 60-foot waterfall.
But don’t worry about crowds here. If you want some time for peace and reflection, this is the hike for you. Especially during this time of year, you’re likely to have the Rufus Morgan Trail all to yourself.
Trailhead Coordinates: 35.15398, -83.5446
Directions from Franklin, NC: https://goo.gl/maps/vShvs
Siler Bald is one of the best kept secrets in the NC mountains, rewarding hikers with stunning 360-degree views. There are two trail options for reaching the Bald – one is 4 miles round-trip, the other is 8.4 miles. While both trails are family-friendly, take the shorter route if you have smaller children.
With an elevation of over 5,000 feet, if there’s any snow in the area, Siler Bald should have a good covering. If road conditions permit, do as the locals do and bring a sled or inner tube to enjoy the sloping terrain while you take in the breathtaking views.
Trailhead Coordinates: 35.12072,-83.547093
Directions from Franklin, NC: https://goo.gl/maps/YBjON
Being in Franklin, NC is a great opportunity to hop onto a section of the gorgeous 100-mile Bartram Trail, one of western North Carolina’s best hiking trails.
A 10-minute drive from Franklin delivers you to a small parking area where you can begin the 4-mile out-and-back hike. This section of the Bartram Trail is appropriate for the whole family but is rated “moderate” difficulty due to the uphill journey through the wooded wilderness.
After only a few minutes, you’ll come upon a small, charming waterfall. At the end of the two-mile climb, you’ll find your destination: William’s Pulpit, a rock ledge that presents stunning views of the Nantahala Mountains. Enjoy the vista knowing that the return trip is all downhill!
Trailhead Coordinates: 35.18013, -83.43311
Directions from Franklin, NC: https://goo.gl/maps/owmCq
Welcome to the Discover Franklin, NC website! We completely overhauled our old site and hope you find our new site easy to navigate while you are planning your stay to Franklin, NC.
Whether you like the great outdoors, like to shop, or go site seeing Franklin has something for everyone. As you begin to plan your vacation we have provided you a guide.
In the “Visit” section, discover hotels, motels, and bed & breakfast accommodations all located within the city limits. In addition, you can also explore all of the local restaurants to satisfy any craving.. You will also find many “shopportunities” from boutiques to specialty stores.
For those of you that are more adventurous check out the “Explore“ section where you will find all things outdoors in the Franklin area from hiking, white water rafting, gem mining, and so much more. Be sure to download the gem mining and waterfalls map to help you plan which mine and waterfall you want to visit.
Maybe you prefer a less adventurous route but equally as fun, visit the “Things To Do” section of the site to learn about the three local museums, historic trails, and more. If you are into music and theater then be sure to see the show schedule for the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts right here in Franklin, NC!
Franklin is filled with heritage, culture, and provides excitement year round for all ages. Local festivals in Franklin bring people in from all over. With the famous pumpkin roll at Pumpkin Fest to Folk Festival displaying our rich culture there is something for everyone. Check the “Events and Festivals” section of the website to learn about each festival Franklin has to offer.
When you visit Franklin, NC we want you to feel at home and enjoy your trip! Eat good food, hike to a beautiful waterfall, gem mine for the perfect stone, and stop in to a local store filled with pottery, antiques, or unique crafts.
Come Discover Us!