Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in Franklin, NC

There are 2 dog friendly hiking trails in Franklin, and 12 more nearby. Use the links below to get an overview of each one, see pictures, print directions, and even read reviews from other dog owners. Coming from out of town? Get a discounted rate on pet friendly hotels in Franklin.

Pet Friendly Rufus Morgan Falls Trail
Rufus Morgan Falls Trail Rufus Morgan Falls Trail is a moderately easy, 1 mile hike in Nantahala National Forest that will take about 40 minutes to complete with Fido. This little out of the way trail is a lovely spot that has soft ground and several water sources for Fido. Please note that dogs must be on a leash between April 1 and August 15, but must be under control at all times. See Details
Pet Friendly Bartram Trail (Jones Gap to Whiterock Mountain)
Bartram Trail (Jones Gap to Whiterock Mountain) The Bartram Trail from Jones Gap to Whiterock Mountain is a moderately easy, 4.6 mile hike in Nantahala National Forest that will take about 2.5 hours to complete with Fido. This section of the 100 mile long Bartram Trail starts at Jones Gap and heads northwest to Whiterock Mountain with some side trails along the way that offer summit views. Please note that dogs must be on a leash between April 1 and August 15, but must be under control at all times. See Details
Waterrock Knob Trail Waterrock Knob Trail is a difficult, 1.2 mile hike on the Blue Ridge Parkway that will take about 1 hour to complete with Fido. With the steep elevation on this trail you will want to be sure your dog can climb and maneuver over large rocks. Please note that dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet. See Details
Nantahala Bikeway The Nantahala Bikeway is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Bryson City! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Nantahala Bikeway. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Nantahala National Forest Nantahala National Forest is pet-friendly. This North Carolina national forest translates to Land of the Noonday Son in Cherokee. Located near the hip city of Asheville, the forest is full of trails that lead along babbling streams through tall trees. Dogs must be leashed within the forest and all mess should be cleaned up after them to preserve the cleanliness of the area. See Details
Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park is dog-friendly! The Park is a retreat for workers and visitors by day and a space for concerts, ice skating, arts and crafts, markets, and festivals by night. Dogs must be cleaned up after and leashed during their visit to Kelsey-Hutchinson. Dog pickup stations and trash bins are scattered throughout Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park. See Details
Dry Falls Dry Falls is pet-friendly. This popular waterfall located a few miles outside of Highlands, gives you the rare chance to walk safely behind the water flow. This 75-ft. tall waterfall in the Nantahala National Forest flows over a cliff, allowing you to walk behind the falls and stay dry (ish). Dogs are welcome on a leash, as long as they are cleaned up after. See Details
Wayah Bald Tower Wayah Bald Tower is a great pet-friendly hike that leads to awesome view points of four different states. Along the way, you and your pooch will see the Wilson Lick Ranger Station, built in 1913. Continue another 3 miles to Wayah Bald which provides a beautiful view of Franklin. The final paved road leads to the fire tower and overlook. Leashed dogs are welcome. See Details
Whiteside Mountain National Recreation Trail Whiteside Mountain National Recreation Trail is a pet-friendly hike in Nantahala National Forest. The hike is nearly 2 miles long and will take you to beautiful wildflowers along the way. Dogs are welcome on the trail, as long as they are cleaned up after and remain on a leash. See Details
Mountain Waters Scenic Byway Mountain Waters Scenic Byway is pet-friendly. This sixty-mile drive leads through National Forest's two river gorges, hardwood forests and countryside. It's ideal for dogs who don't enjoy hiking, although you can stop along the way and get out for a walk at certain spots. See Details
Big Laurel Falls Big Laurel Falls is a pet-friendly trail in Otto near Dillard. The hike is just over a mile roundtrip and will take you to a beautiful waterfall to view with your pooch. Dogs are welcome on the pretty trail and can even enjoy a refreshing dunk at the end. Dog owners are reminded to clean up any mess that is left behind along the way. See Details
Nantahala River Ferebee Memorial Picnic Area Nantahala River Ferebee Memorial Picnic Area is a pet-friendly picnic place located about 2.75 miles downriver from the Nantahala River Launch site. Ferebee Memorial offers picnic area with tables and charcoal grills, and serves as another launch and take out area. Leashed dogs are welcome, as long as they are cleaned up after. See Details
Yellow Mountain Trail Yellow Mountain Trail is pet-friendly. This one's for more experienced canine hikers as it is rated difficult. Grab your supplies and stride out on a trail that leaves to astonishing views from the top of a mountain. Take pause at the fire tower at the top and enjoy the natural show. Leashed dogs are welcome, as long as they are cleaned up after. See Details
Secret Falls Trail Head Secret Falls Trail Head is a pet-friendly trail in Highlands. This 45 minute brisk walk leads to a 35 foot high waterfall and small lake below. Dogs are welcome, but owners are reminded to clean up after them and make sure they are leashed for other hiker's safety. See Details