4-17-05 - I've made 2 trips to Rufus Morgan Falls and neither day was a good day for photos. This last trip in mid April 2005 was a beautiful day and was great for hiking. The wildflowers were beginning to bloom and the forest was turning green again - finally. Directions are as follows: Get on Hwy 64 west from the intersection of 64/28/441/23 in Franklin for about 4 miles and turn right on Old Murphy Rd. Then turn left on SR1310 - Wayah Rd - less than 1/4 mile down. It's just past the gas station. After 6.3 miles on Wayah Rd, turn left on the gravel FR388 and follow it up for 2 miles to the obvious parking area on the right.
The trail is about a mile round trip, easy to follow, and easy to moderate in difficulty. As you get closer to the falls, the trail bisects a huge landslide area that I assume came roaring down the mountains during the heavy rains of the back to back hurricanes of September '04. The picture below is from the trail looking up the mountain. All the debris is below the trail and the trail is down to bare bedrock in this section.
The trail crosses Rough Fork at the base of a small falls and from here you can see Rufus Morgan Falls upstream.
Soon after crossing here, the trail splits. Straight ahead is the other part of the loop. Take the right trail up to the base of the 60' Rufus Morgan Falls. This is a beautiful waterfall in a very secluded setting and I highly recommend the hike. Mid April to early May would be the best time for wildflowers and this hike is in Kevin Adams book North Carolina's Best Wildflower Hikes - the Mountains. Brian Trout thought this would be the perfect spot to propose to his love - Amy Penland. I don't know these folks, but he left this -
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