The Appalachian Trail (Georgia to Maine) passes just a few miles West of Franklin, and can be accessed at many points. The Bartram Trail also passes through Franklin, going East-West, and offers many highlights. Click here to learn more or check out this list of short, medium or long trails. For another great guide to trails, check out the Hiking & Backpacking section of Stay and Play in the Smokies website. Finally, this list of Highlands Hiking Trails which includes waterfalls is also worth reviewing.