Our top pick is the family-friendly Little Tennessee River Greenway which runs through Franklin. It’s great for a short walk or jogging. The trail offers wheelchair-accessible paved trails, off-trail hiking, and bike trails. There is also nine-hole disc golf course and exercise stations at Centennial Park. Watch this clip to learn more and preview the trail. Click on the map here to download a PDF of the trail.

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.

For another great guide to trails, check out the Hiking & Backpacking section of Stay and Play in the Smokies website.

Finally, Discover Jackson County (one county to our east) offers several ideas and maps for walks and serious hikes,