Rufus Morgan Falls
One of North Carolina’s most beautiful wildflower trails, the hike to Rufus Morgan Falls is best trekked during the second half of April.
The falls itself is named for Albert “Uncle Rufus” Morgan, a poet, conservationist, Episcopal priest, and dedicated hiker who maintained a large chunk of the Appalachian Trail up until his death in 1983 at age 97. While this waterfall pays homage to a Smoky Mountains legend, its narrow chute, partially-hidden by surrounding tree trunks, makes it rather difficult to photograph—see if you’re up for the challenge. Fed by Left Prong Rough Fork, it features a steep, cascading slide standing at 65 feet high.
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