Rufus Morgan Falls

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Rufus Morgan Falls has been on my list of "Waterfalls to Visit" for years now.  I learned about it long ago when I first started visiting waterfalls in the Franklin-Highlands-Cashiers area.  I have no good reason as to why it took me so long to visit.  Time is so limited, and waterfalls in western NC are so plentiful, that unless one makes it a priority to visit this waterfall, time will run out while exploring others.  I did finally make this one a priority in the spring, coming home from a waterfall run to Georgia, only to find it closed due to wildfires.  On this day in late June 2017, forgotten Rufus was tops on my list.  To find Rufus Morgan Falls, I'll start in Franklin, NC.  Most waterfall seekers know this town well, as it is just downstream along the Cullasaja River from all of the famous US 64 waterfalls: Cullasaja Falls, Dry Falls, And Bridal Veil Falls.  There are many, many others as well.  Anyway in Franklin, from the intersection where US 64 and US 23-441 meet, leave Franklin on US 64 west.  In about 4 miles, look for a right turn onto Patton Rd.  Once on Patton Rd, look for the left turn onto Wayah Rd.  This will be a big intersection with a closed down gas station on the corner.  Follow Wayah Rd for 6.4 miles. On the left will be Forest Rd 388. It is marked by a small brown sign.  Take this for 2 miles to the pullout for the Rufus Morgan Trailhead.  As of June 2017, the gravel road was in excellent shape. Now at the trailhead, it climbs immediately, but not too bad and not for long.  I came during a very wet period, and just after a decent storm rolled through.  My worst issue on this day was sliding on the mud trail.  Anything other than slow steps got me sliding quickly.  Keep this in mind if it is very wet out when you visit.  Other than that, it's a fairly easy trail.  There is a nice small waterfall just downstream from Rufus Morgan Falls.  The trail weaves its way between the Lower and Upper falls along side the Creek.  On this day, the trail was under water from the higher than normal waterflow. This trail is about 1/2 mile each way, so about a mile round trip.  Once I posted several photos on social media sites, I got several interesting feedbacks, all saying that they thought this was Crabtree Falls.  I kind of see that as well, but this is all Rufus.Here are some of the photos I was able to capture.

I had a little fun as the sun began poking its way out, just as I got to the waterfall of course.  I don't know why that always happens…lolHere is a short video I took of Rufus Morgan Falls!

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