William's Pulpit Out-and-Back
ElevationAscent: 966' 295 m
Descent: -966' -294 m
High: 3,209' 978 m
Low: 2,251' 686 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)
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“A four mile out-and-back singletrack trail run with beautiful winter views.”— April Copeland
From the parking lot off Ray Cove Rd., head north on the Bartram Trail: Franklin - AT Segment. You'll pass a beautiful waterfall only a few short minutes from the parking lot. From the parking lot, the trail will ascend a steady but moderate grade alongside Wallace Branch. The trail leaves the creek after about 0.5 miles and the grade steepens slightly. The trail turns west, and you'll pass Bruce Knob on the right.
After two miles you'll reach a signed spur trail off to the left. This is William's Pulpit Spur, which you'll follow to William's Pulpit where you'll have excellent winter views of rolling hills and beautiful scenic landscapes. Though some of the views may be hidden by leaf cover in the summer, the spring brings numerous wildflowers.
From here, simply turn around and head back the way you came to finish the run. The Bartram Trail: Franklin - AT Segment continues west from William's Pulpit Spur if you're looking for a longer adventure.
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Land Manager: USFS - Nantahala National Forest Office