Walasi Trail-Little Tennessee River Greenway

Categories: Play, Hiking & Backpacking, Fishing, Mountain Biking, Dog Friendly Hiking Trails, Fishing for Hatchery Supported Trout, Little Tennessee River Greenway Biking Trails, The Little Tennessee River Greenway


The Local Scoop

When in the downtown Franklin area and want to do a little mountain biking, trail running or walk and possibly some trout fishing, we suggest accessing the Walasi Trail-Little Tennessee River Greenway.  We consider this section to be one of the prettiest due to it's secluded and relaxed atmosphere created by the lazy Cartoogechaye Creek and wide open fields.
We like to use Walasi Trail for a short mountain bike ride along the hillside trails as well as the Cartoogechaye Creek Side Trail that runs along the creek bank.
Another asset that should be noted is the 9 hole Frisbee Golf Course located to the left and behind of SCC (Southwestern Community College). 


The Local Directions

Take U.S. Hwy-441/23 South from Downtown Franklin for appox. 0.35 mile through first red light and into the Left turn lane at the Second red light. Take the left onto "Siler Road" and go until the you see the entrance for Southwestern Community College. Access the trail from the road that divides the Macon County Library and the SCC campus.  You can park in either parking area.  At the end and in between both parking areas is a dirt road that continues down and through a field.  This is your access point to the paved, "Little Tennessee River Greenway," as well as the gravel portion and the Mountain Bike trails.

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Difficulty Levels

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35.15812, -83.38155
Hike Distance
4-mile greenway system
0.2 mile connector
via dirt road
Easy via SCC Campus/
Macon Co. Library
Parking Areas 
Macon County
Distance From
Franklin, In town limits