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Standing Indian Basin

This horseshoeshaped, valley is about 9 miles west of Franklin and, south of U.S. 64. The Standing Indian Campground, with 84 sites, showers, and flush toilets, is beside the Nantahala River, a favorite spot for anglers. With 78 miles of hiking trails, the basin offers a variety of experiences - from short, easy walks to challenging hikes.

The Appalachian Trail follows the basin's rim for 32 miles. Walk the 0.6-mile trail to see the Wasilik Poplar, an 8-foot, diameter yellow-poplar, the second largest yellow-poplar, known in the United States. Stroll 0.5-mile or 0.1-mile trails to view Big Laurel or Mooney Falls.

Take a 2- mile hike along the Appalachian Trail to Standing Indian Mountain to view "Standing Indian." Native American legend says the warrior turned to stone while standing watch on the mountaintop to warn his tribe of danger.


for more information:
Nantahala Ranger District:
90 Sloan Roan
Franklin, NC 28734

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