of the highest points on the Appalachian Trail, south of
the Smokies, Standing Indian has breathtaking panoramic views. Looking
south towards Georgia, the mountains seem to roll on and on. Named
after a Cherokee legend that speaks of an Indian sentinel
that turned to stone, A.T. thru-hikers
make this a must see on their journey north. Steve is standing
next to Rosebay Rhododendron that is blooming. Contrary to
commonly held beliefs, Rosebay Rhododendron can be found at all
elevations. Standing Indian is a relatively short hike from the
parking area. To get there take US 64 west of Franklin, NC. Take
a left on Forest Road 71 just past the Rainbow Springs Campground.
Drive to the parking area and follow the signs on the Appalachian
Trailhead for a 3 mile uphill walk to Standing Indian.