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Franklin NC is a center of history, heritage and the NC mountain way of life. Franklin celebrated its 150th Anniversary in 2005 and continues to honor it's heritage while embracing the future. Nestled in North Carolina’s southernmost  mountains, the foothills of the Great Smokies, the Franklin area offers both a slower pace and a abundance of things to do. The area is famous for is rural beauty, but not isolated with access to major highways US 23/441 and US 64, and major interstates I-40, I-26 and I-85. Atlanta, Georgia is just 127 miles to the south, while Asheville is 65 miles to the east.   
 
Smoky Mountain Host Visitor Center - The friendly and knowledgeable staff members are ready to assist you with all your travel needs. Spend some time in the gift shop, featuring a wide variety of merchandise including gifts from local artisans. 4437 Georgia Road, Franklin, NC 
 
Did you know the last surrender of Confederate forces east of the Mississippi took place in Franklin and that the idea for the Thomas Legion was conceived in Franklin? Learn more about Franklin's unique connection to the Civil War 
Franklin is the County Seat of Macon County  

In a valley surrounded by some of the oldest mountains on earth, the Cherokee called the land that is now Franklin “Nikwasi” or center of activity
 
Franklin is home to an active Gem and Mineral Society, which operates a charming museum in a 19th Century jailhouse in downtown Franklin NC. Mining for rubies and sapphires began in Macon County in 1870.
 
In 2005 Franklin celebrated its 150th Anniversary 
 
Little Tennessee Land Trust (LTLT) conserving the waters, forests, farms and heritage of the Upper Little Tennessee and the Hiwassee River Valley 
 
Snapshots from Franklin Blog  Se beautiful photos of Franklin attractions and local points of interest, events and heritage.   
 
 
 Special Events and Festivals in or near Franklin NC:
5/12-14 Annual Mother's Day Gemboree
5/26-27 Spring Into Summer Craft and Art Show
7/4 4th of July Fireworks in the Park 
7/28-31 51st Annual Macon County Gemboree 
8/11-12 Mountain High BBQ & Music Festival 
8/21 Eclipse Block Party in downtown Franklin
8/21 Franklin Chamber of Commerce Eclipse Viewing Party
8/21 Eclipse Viewing Event at Entegra Bank 
9/14-17 Annual Macon County Fair  
10/12-14 Autumn Leaves Craft Show
10/21-22 Annual Leaf-Lookers Gemboree
10/21 Pumpkin Fest
11/11 Veteran's Day Parade 
11/25 Winter Wonderland Nights
11/26 Annual Christmas Parade 
12/2 Winter Wonderland Nights

Ongoing Events:

Saturday evenings  - Pickin' on the Square   Free live music and entertainment in downtown Franklin every Sat. night spring through fall. BYO chair - food vendors on site.
Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts   Live music, dance and performances
Find future and additional mountain events and Festivals on the NC Events Calendar
 
Franklin   NC Cabins and Vacation Rentals:
Rivendell Cabins  offer 3 Cabins, mountain views, hot tubs, fireplaces, DLS, dishwasher, washer/dryer, central heat/ac, WIFI (one cabin with guest computer), phone, VCR & movies, porch with seating, full kitchens, linens, everything included. 
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Luxury Timber Fraom rentals with MORE than the comforst of home Timber Frame Rentals  are 2 luxury vacation rental homes located between Franklin & Highlands.  The Pond House sleeps up to 6 with views of the mountains from almost every room.  The Cottage sleeps up to 10 and sits in the woods along a natural spring fed stream. Inside and  outdoor fireplaces, upscale furnishings, quiet, peaceful location but close to all activities. All the comforts of home and then some!    See details and more photos
vacation rental on the golf course in Franklin NC Vacation Golf home Overlooking the 17th Hole - 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, sleeps up to 6. Deck with golf view and grill, fireplace, WIFI, exceptionally clean and nicely furnished. Located at the Whispering Pine Golf Club in Franklin NC.  See photos, details, availability
 
Franklin vacation rental with valley to mountain views Affordable Cabin Rental with beautiful view - 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, sleeps 6. Serene Valley to Mountains view from large deck, charcoal grill, gas fireplace, central heat & air, WIFI. Located in a country setting only 6 miles to Franklin NC.     See photos, details and availability 
 
beautiful mountain view Franklin rental Vacation Rental with Panoramic Mountain View - 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, sleeps 4. Lower level of large home, but private. Private entrance, gas fireplace, heat and air, covered patio with gas grill. 2 miles to downtown Franklin NC.  See photos, details and availability 
 
beautiful views from the hot tub Franklin vacation cabin with incredible view - 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, sleeps up to 10. Amazing 180 views from the wrap-around deck and covered porch. Hot tub, gas grill, fireplace, game room, central heat and air.   See photos and availability  
you'll love the beautiful views of the Smokies Mountain vacation home with beautiful view of the Smokies - 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, sleeps 8. Lots of deck, grill, stone fireplace and plenty or room for a family with children.
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River front vacation rental in Franklin Vacation home on the Little Tennessee River - 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, sleeps 10. Wonderful river to mountains view with rolling foothills 6 acre landscape. Fireplace, hot tub, oversize deck with gas grill, outdoor firepit. Tube, swim or fish in the river.   See pictures and details 
log cabin on the Little Tennessee River Log cabin rental on the river - 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, sleeps 6.  Swim, fish, raft or canoe right from your backyard. HDTV, Internet, picnic table and charcoal grill.   get more information, photos, availability 
 
view from one of 4 decks with theis mountain top cabin rental Mountain Cabin with 47 mile view -  3 bedrooms, 3 baths, sleeps 8. Timberframe cabin loaded with rustic elegance and 4 spacious decks. Indoor and outdoor fireplaces, gourmet kitchen, onsite creek, jacuzzi, gas grill, HGTV, WIFI. Four wheel drive, SUVs.  Learn more, see photos, availability 
 
3 bedroom cabin with mountain views Franklin cabin with mountain view - 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, sleeps up to 9. Mountain views from the wrap-around porch, grill WIFI.   See photos, details and availability  
 
Additional Franklin NC Cabins, Cottages:
A Mountain Swiss Chalet -   2 bedrooms, 2 baths, WIFI, gas fireplace
Angel Mountain Cabin - 2 bedrooms, mountain view, WIFI, 60 private acres
Aunt Dobson's Farmhouse - 2 bedrooms, renovated 100 year old farmhouse
Bates Cabins - 5 to 7 bedroom vacation rentals, pet friendly
BearPaw Cabin - 1 bedroom, 1 bath, loft, covered porch, wood stove, log cabin
Big Bear Log Cabins - 2 bedrooms sleeps up to 8, long range views, WIFI
Carolina Mountaintop Homes - 2, 2 bedroom cabins, fireplaces, WIFI
Carolina Vacation Home - 3 master suites, 40 mile mountain view, Internet
Chestnut Creek Cabin - 2 bedroom, 2 bath,  private retreat, fireplace
Colbert's Vacation Homes - 1 bedroom villa style rental on the golf course
Corrieglen Cottages  - 1 and 2 bedroom mountain cottages, weekly rentals
For website links or more information on these rentals, just send a request to: info@ClimbEveryMountain.com
 
Franklin NC Inns,  Bed and Breakfasts, Lodges,
Microtel Inn by Wyndham in Franklin NC affordable lodging in a great location Microtel Inn by Wyndham -  Rooms and suites with fridge, microwave, WIFI. Minutes from The Factory and Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, near the Whistle Stop Mall. Some of the most affordable rates in town.  Get best current rates and availability
Franklin  NC Bed and Breakfast, Mountain Inns List:
The Buttonwood Inn  - 50 Admiral Drive, Franklin NC 
The Heritage Inn  -  43 & 49 Heritage Hollow Dr., Franklin NC
Microtel Inn by Wyndham - 81 Allman Dr Franklin, NC
Oakhill Country Inn  - 1689 Old Murphy Road, Franklin NC
For website links or more information on these inns, just send a request to: info@ClimbEveryMountain.com
 
Franklin NC Hotels and Motels
Franklin motel with pool and playfround Carolina Motel - Guest rooms with cable TV, WIFI, phones. Outdoor swimming pool, play area. Complimentary breakfast and morning coffee. Family owned and operated.                 Check rates and availability  
Comfort Inn in downtown Franklin Comfort Inn Franklin - 60 guest rooms with king or two queens, WIFI, newspaper. Indoor pool and spa tub, fitness center, businesses services. Complimentary breakfast included.      Check rates and availability 
 
Colonial Inn offers affordability Colonial Inn  - Affordable Franklin lodging with seasonal outdoor pool and free WIFI. 42 guest rooms, guest laundry, fax/copy services. Pet Friendly. Affordable rates.  Check rates and availability 
 
Franklin NC Hotels and Motels List:
Carolina Motel - 2601 Georgia Rd, Franklin, NC
Colonial Inn - 3157 Georgia Rd, Franklin NC
Comfort Inn - 313 Cunningham Rd, Franklin NC
Franklin Inn - 761 E. Main Street, Franklin NC  
Knights Inn - 1320 E Main Street Hwy 441 & 23 North, Franklin NC
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Franklin NC Campgrounds and RV Parks
 Franklin NC area Campgrounds List:
Cartoogechaye Creek Campground   91 No Name Road, Franklin NC
Cullasaja River RV Park   6269 Highlands Road, Franklin NC
Country Woods RV Park  60 Country Woods Drive, Franklin NC
Franklin RV Park and Campground  230 Old Addington Bridge Rd., Franklin
Hurricane Primitive Campground and Horse Camp    Franklin NC
The Great Outdoors RV Park   321 Thumpers Trail, Franklin NC
Great Smoky Mountains Fish Camp   81 Bennett Road, Franklin NC
Old Corundum Millsite Campground   80-33 Nickajack Rd., Franklin NC
Pines RV Park and Cabins   4724 Murphy Road, Franklin NC
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Sports and Outdoor Activities:
Franklin Area Hiking - This is an area rich in the variety of hiking trails. This list only covers a few. The Appalachian Trail (Georgia to Maine) passes just a few miles West of Franklin, and can be accessed at many places. The Bartram Trail also passes through Franklin, going East-West, and offers many highlights.

A wide variety of trails offers hikes of different lengths in the Cowee, Fishhawk, and Nantahala Mountains.
Short Hiking Trails:
Rufus Morgan Trail, Shot Pouch Trail, Wayah Bald Lookout Tower, Wasilik Poplar Trail, Laurel Falls Trail, Mooney Falls Trail, Albert Mountain Firetower, Whiteside Mountain. Medium Length Hiking Trails: Standing Indian Mountain from Deep Gap, Whiterock Mountain via Bartram Trail, Park Creek - Park Ridge Loops, Wesser Bald Observation Tower, Siler Bald.
Longer Trails:
Yellow Mountain Trail, Standing Indian Mountain Long Loops. For more information: Forest Service, Wayah District  
Tessentee Bottomland Preserve Experience the richness and diversity of the Upper Little Tennessee in the Tennessee Tessentee Bottomland Preserve offers hiking and pristine mountain natureBottomland Preserve. This nearly 70-acre tract of bottomland and river bluff land lies at the junction of Tennessee Creek and the Little Tennessee River.  Directions: From Franklin NC - Take the Georgia Rd (US 23/US 441) south for approx.5.2 miles, turn left onto Riverside Rd and follow for 0.5 miles, turn right onto Hickory Knoll Rd and follow for approx. 1.9 miles — the Preserve is located off a private drive (2249 Hickory Knoll Rd) on the right-hand side of the road; parking area is on the left, before the farm gate. 
Franklin area Gem Mining:   The "Gem Capital of the World" began with ruby and sapphire mining in 1870.  Corundum and other minerals were mined Commercially for use as abrasives, followed by Mining Companies hoping to find the source of the rubies found in the corundum mines. By the early 1900s the mining companies departed leaving the any furtuer mining efforts to rockhounds,  gem enthusiasts and tourists.

Most local "Mines" offer the washing equipment,  instructions and buckets of gem dirt for sale and charge an admission. Check with each mine prior to your visit to determine what type of experiences you can expect and what you need to bring with you - baggies, gloves, etc.  Get a Gem Mine Map 
Franklin Waterfalls:  Big Laurel Falls - Go 9 miles west on U.S. 64. Turn left on Wallace Franklin waterfalls include Big Laurel FallsGap Road (Old U.S. 64) and go 1.5 miles. Turn right on F.S. Road 67 (toward Standing Indian Campground) and go 7 miles (5 miles past Back Country Information Center). Trail runs along an old railroad grade. After passing over bridge, it splits; right ends at Big Laurel Falls.

Mooney Falls
- follow the directions to Big Laurel Falls, continuing for .7 mile past Big Laurel Falls trailhead. A very short trail descends to Mooney Falls. Roadside parking available.

Rufus Morgan Falls
- This easy one mile loop trail is named after Rufus Morgan, a naturalist who was instrumental in developing the Appalachian Trail. Take U.S. 64 for 3 miles west of Franklin. Turn right at Wayah Bald directional sign. Take first left onto Wayah Road (S.R. 1310). 6.6 Miles and then left of F.S. Road 388. Trail 2.2 miles on right  
Cherokee Ruby and Sapphire Mine
Ruby Mine Road, Franklin NC
Gold City Gem Mine
9410 Sylva Rd, HWY 441 N., Franklin NC 
Cowee Gift Shop and Gem Mine
5315 Bryson City Rd., Franklin NC 
Franklin Golf Course driving range,  pool
255 First Fairway Drive, Franklin NC  
Mason's Ruby and Sapphire Mine
6961 Upper Burningtown Rd. Franklin NC 
Mill Creek Golf Club  18 holes, dining
341 Country Club Drive, Franklin NC  
Primitive Outback Kayaking & Gem Mining   155 Robin Lynn Lane, Otto NC  
Rose Creek Mine Rock and Gift Shop
115 Terrace Ridge Drive, Franklin NC 
Sheffield Mine
385 Sheffield Farms Road, Franklin NC 
Tom Hopkins, Fly Fishing Guide
Streams in The WNC Fly Fishing Trail 
Franklin NC area Attractions
T.M.Rickman General Store a part of the 370 acre Cowee/West's Mill National Register Historic District was acquired by the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee in August of 2007. Since then the community has been active with fundraising, making the purchase a reality.  251 Cowee Creek Road, Franklin NC 
Scottish Tartans Museum   A visit to the Scottish Tartans Museum and Gift Shop in  the Smoky Mountains is a stroll through the history and culture of Scotland.  The 4800 square foot location on Main Street in downtown Franklin NC, showcases a large Museum area as well as an expansive Gift Shop. 86 E Main St, Franklin NC 
The Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum   Located in Franklin’s historic “Old Jail” on Phillips Street across from the Macon County Courthouse, the Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum has thousands of specimens on display including a local ruby weighing 2 Ľ pounds! The museum was founded in 1974. Located in The Old Macon County Jail, 25 Phillips St., Franklin NC  
Franklin NC Historical Museum.jpg (6788 bytes) Macon County Historical Society and Museum  The Macon County Historical Museum on Main Street in downtown Franklin is housed in the J.R. Pendergrass building which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building is an excellent and little altered example of early twentieth century retail store design. 36 West Main Street, Franklin NC 
Cherokee Ruby and Sapphire Mine   One of the last native gemstone *ONLY* mines open to the public. Mine buckets may contain a virtual treasure Natural North Carolina Minetrove of naturally occurring North Carolina gemstones, including: Rubies, Sapphires, Garnets, Moonstone, Rhodolite, Rutile and Sillimanite. These gems are native to Cowee Valley, and many found are of facet quality.  41 Cherokee Mine Road, Franklin NC  Read more... 
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Franklin NC Crafts, Galleries
                   Jon Houglum
    Houglum Fine Art Studio & Gallery

Franklin NC Artist Jon Houglum Fresh_Tracks.jpg (29600 bytes) Artist Jon Houglum captures the beauty of the Western North Carolina Mountains in his free lance oil paintings and commissioned work in the traditions of the old masters.  He displays a masterful and accurate rendering of wildlife in mountain landscapes that speak to the viewer both emotionally and visually. Franklin NC 
Don Grant, Fine Art Photography
Don Grant Fine Art Photography Featuring quality fine art photography for home or office with unique images in beautiful, tasteful color and elegant classic black and white. Franklin NC 
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Franklin Restaurants and Entertainment 
downtown Franklin restaurant with exceptional food  Caffe Rel   - Whether you call this special place a "diamond in the rough"  or say "you can't judge a book by its cover", just about everyone agrees it's one of the best places to eat in Western North Carolina - and that's saying a lot. You'll find a variety of upscale dishes from homemade Blue Crab Bisque, to French Pot Roast, to Charleston Shrimp and grits. There is also a good selection of lighter fair such as Asian salad and homemade soups. 459 E Main Street, downtown Franklin NC.  Get more info and read reviews 
Authentic award-winning NC Barbecue Cash's Smokehouse Barbecue  - "Falls off the bone" ribs and homecooked barbecue - Pulled Pork, Ribs, Chicken & Brisket and homemade sides. Primarily take-out with patio tables and catering.  1281 Georgia Road, Whistle Stop Mall, Franklin NC    Learn more... 
Big Mamas Pizza House  (828) 369-6063 
1517 Bryson City Road   Franklin, NC
The Boiler Room   (828) 349-888 
1024 Georgia Road Franklin, NC 
Caffe Rel  
457 East Main Street  Franklin, NC 
Cody's Original Roadhouse  
319 Carolina Mtn Dr.   Franklin, NC  
Cash's Smokehouse BBQ  
1281 Georgia Road   Franklin, NC 
Currahee Brewing Company
100 Lakeside Drive, Franklin NC
Dooley's Deli  
1256 East Main Street  Franklin, NC
Fat Buddies  
311 Westgate Plaza   Franklin, NC 
Fatz Cafe of Franklin 
107 Sawmill Village Lane, Franklin, NC 
Frog and Owl Mountain Bistro & Wine Bar 46 E. Main Street, Franklin NC  
Gazebo Creekside Cafe'  
44 Heritage Hollow Drive   Franklin, NC  
Hot Tommy Dogs  
159 East Main Street   Franklin, NC 
Lazy Hiker Brewing Company
188 W Main Street, Franklin NC
Lucio's Italian Restaurant  
313 Highlands Rd   Franklin, NC  
Monte Alban, Inc.  
2648 Georgia Rd   Franklin, NC  
Motor Company Grill  
86 W Main Street   Franklin, NC  
Mulligans Bar & Grille  
579 Depot Street, Franklin, NC  
Peking Gourmet  
4527 Hwy.441, Holly Springs Plaza 
Peppermint Patti's Ice Cream & Sweets 17 E. Palmer St., Franklin NC  
The Pizza Factor  
1024 Georgia Road   Franklin, NC   >
The Restaurant at Mill Creek Resort
345 Country Club Drive 
Sprinkles Ice Cream Parlor  
236 Cunningham Rd   Franklin, NC  
Stillwater Fish Camp  
Whistle Stop Mall,  Franklin, NC  
Stillwater Fish Camp  
Whistle Stop Mall,  Franklin, NC 
Sunset Restaurant & Curb Service 
498 Harrison Ave., Franklin 
Willys Bar-B-Que  
240 Cunningham Rd   Franklin, NC  
Yati's International Bistro  
2726 Georgia Road   Franklin, NC  
Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts   Live music, dance and performances in a 1,500 seat state-of-the-art facility. Various genres of performance include country, bluegrass, gospel, pop, contemporary Christian, and more. The stunning architecture, technical facilities, and impeccable acoustics provide the highest professional standards for both the audience and the performers. 1028 Georgia Road in Franklin, NC 
 
 
Franklin NC Shops, Services
Rose Creek Mine and Gift Shop  
Lyle Downs Road, Franklin NC 
Franklin Gemstone & Jewelry Warehouse  
3002 Georgia Road, Franklin NC 
The Gem Factory  
3348 Georgia Rd, Franklin, NC  
Franklin Flea  and Craft Market  
867 Highlands Road. Franklin, NC 
Rosebud Cottage  
46 E Main Street, Franklin NC 
Gold City Jewelry and Gem Shop  
9410 Sylva Road, Franklin, NC 
Deb's Cats N Quilts  
106 W. Palmer St., Franklin  NC
Macon Furniture Mart
560 Depot Street, Franklin NC  
A Stitch in Time  
23 Macon Center Drive, Franklin, NC 
Cowee Gift Shop & Mason Mtn Mine (TJ Tocks) 23 Macon Center Drive, Franklin  
Ruby City  
130 E. Main St., Franklin, NC 
Whistle Stop Mall
1281 Georgia Road, Franklin NC
 
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