After traversing the Chattooga River, Rabun Bald, Scaly Mountain, and the Fishhawk Mountains, this section is bound to be a disappointment. The entire section is a road walk, albeit mostly on secondary country Roads. Most section hikers will probably opt to avoid this section, but end-to-end hikers have little choice.
To connect the Fishhawk Mountains with Trimont Ridge, hikers must cross the Little Tennessee River Valley, where Franklin, North Carolina, is located. So bite your lip, tighten your boots, and make the most of it, because after treading nearly 65 miles of the Bartram Trail, the motels, restaurants, grocery stores and laundries of Franklin just might be a good thing. By the way, none of the following route is blazed with any of the yellow Bartram Trail markers.
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