Wesser Bald Hike

If you're looking for a nice morning or afternoon hike, you can't beat the Wesser Bald Tower hike in the western part of Franklin and Macon County. The hike is a three mile round trip hike that begins at the Tellico Gap crossing of the Appalachian…

10th Annual Mountain High BBQ Festival & Car Show

Join us on Friday August 10th and Saturday Aug 11th 2018 as we celebrate our 10th Annual Mountain High BBQ Festival & Car Show here in Franklin, NC at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center and Macon County Fairgrounds. This year will be…

Vote Franklin 2018 Top Small Adventure Town!

We know that Franklin is full of adventure, now we have a chance to be voted Top Adventure Town in the Small Town category of Blue Ridge Magazine's 2018 TOP Adventure Town contest! Vote every 24 hours for your favorites on multiple devices!…

4th of July Fireworks in the Park

Get ready for a spectacular 4th of July as the Franklin Chamber of Commerce finalizes plans for one of the largest annual Independence Day celebration in Western North Carolina.  The 4th of July Fireworks & Fun Day will be held at the…

Memorial Day Weekend - Franklin, NC

The unofficial start of summer is upon us. Memorial Day weekend is the first days of the year that is just getting warm enough to get out and truly start enjoying the spoils of summer. Longer days and higher temperatures have everyone dusting…

This is Franklin, NC!

From our mile high mountain tops, to the vibrant streets of downtown, Franklin, there is something here for the whole family to enjoy. Scenic waterfalls, gem mines, craft breweries, outdoor recreation, fine dining, world class entertainment,…

Franklin Rock Trails

Kindness Rocks, a movement sweeping the nation has landed in Franklin, North Carolina and has been fully embraced by residents and visitors, alike. The Franklin Chamber is excited to introduce the Franklin Painted Rock Trail with a Rock…

Wayah Bald Tower - Restoration Complete

  In the fall of 2016, in the midst of one of the worst droughts in the WNC mountains in recent years, wildfires spread throughout the area, burning thousands of acres of the Nantahala National Forest. One of those fires, the Camp…

The Moonshiner 28 Scenic Route

Franklin is located at the crossroads of several great motorcycle rides in Western North Carolina. The Moonshiner 28 is one such ride, a 103 mile trail that begins at the Tail of the Dragon on US 129 at Deals Gap, and winds southeastward…

Plan Your Franklin, NC Getaway Now!

With hundreds of miles of trails for hiking, crystal clear rivers for swimming, kayaking, or a lazy day floating along, beautiful waterfalls, scenic drives that will take your breath away, ten active gem mines where you can sift for your…

Happy New Year!

The year 2017 has been an incredible journey for the Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce Staff, Volunteers, Board Members, and most importantly, our members! From the relocation from the Porter Street building, to the new to us building at…

Happy Thanksgiving!

  It has been a year of big changes for us here at the Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce and Welcome Center. We have so much to be thankful for all year round, but we'd like to take this opportunity to reflect and say THANK YOU to…

Franklin's 2017 Christmas Parade - A Season For Giving

The Sunday after Thanksgiving holds a long standing tradition here in Franklin, one that will thankfully carry on this year. Franklin's 2017 Christmas Parade will be held as planned on Sunday November 26th at 3:00 PM through historic downtown…

The Perfect Time to Explore

Nestled in the foothills of The Great Smoky Mountains in western North Carolina, Franklin is quickly becoming a favorite destination for folks looking to reconnect with small town life, to slow down and enjoy the way of life in the mountains.…

PumpkinFest - A Franklin Fall Tradition

There's a slight chill in the air today, one that has been missing since the first official day of fall. The leaves have been making their annual transformation from their summer green to their autumn red, orange, and gold. The streets of…

Cataloochee Valley Elk

Lying deep in the mountains of the most western part of North Carolina, about an hour and a half drive from Franklin, is the historic Cataloochee Valley. Located on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cataloochee Valley…

The Most Colorful Time of the Year

Fall is knocking on the door, soon, the mountains will be covered in the colorful hues of red, yellow, and orange. The sun is going down earlier and there's a chill in the air as we lean into the true end to summer. Plans are being made…

Welcome Eclipse Guests... To Franklin, NC!

So here we are, less than 48 hours away from the "Once-In-A-Lifetime" event known as The Great American Solar Eclipse 2017. We're a small town here in Franklin, but we don't live small. We have so much more than the moon blocking out the…

9th Annual Mountain High BBQ Festival & Car Show

  The 9th Annual Mountain High BBQ Festival & Car Show comes to town August 11th - 12th at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center, located on Highway 441 South. This year's Presenting Sponsor is Lakes End Grill and Marina, where…

Membership Has Many Benefits

The month of July is Independent Retailer Month, and a majority of our member businesses are just that, independent retailers. Being a member of the FACC is more than just putting your business' name in a guide book and on a website. Being…

4th of July Fireworks in the Park

Spectacular Fireworks Display at 4th of July Fireworks in the Park Get ready for a spectacular 4th of July as the Franklin Chamber of Commerce finalizes plans for the largest annual Independence Day celebration in Western North Carolina. …

Franklin Welcome Center Open House

The Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce and Welcome Center is open and fully operational, serving area visitors and locals alike, we're extremely proud of our new building. Located at 98 Hyatt Road, Franklin, NC - the new building has been…

Memorial Day Weekend

Summer Is Upon Us The unofficial start to summer is upon us. Memorial Day weekend, one of the most highly anticipated weekends of the year has arrived. People are busy getting their last minute plans in order, setting aside their favorite…

Thank you, Mom

This Sunday, Mother's Day, is a day to celebrate our Mothers. A day that is set aside to say thank you, and honor the woman in our lives who, whether it was by birth or just by relationship, was the constant force of good in our lives. To…

Airing of the Quilts

On Saturday May 13th, downtown Franklin will burst with color, as an annual event begins to unfold - literally! It's time for the annual Airing of the Quilts in Franklin, a time meant to celebrate the coming of Spring and honoring old tradition…

National Walking Day

Today is National Walking Day - a day to get out and enjoy a nice 30 minute walk. As part of American Heart Association’s efforts to promote healthy living, National Walking Day was started in 2007. Fortunately for us, we have a wide…

Welcome Spring, And All The Little Things

Another winter has come and gone in the mountains. Trees have been a little ahead of schedule with their blossoms, due to the warmer than normal February, and now some of those trees are starting to show their green. Daffodils can be seen…

Franklin, NC Solar Eclipse Glasses!

The Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce has a supply of personalized eclipse viewing glasses available for businesses to purchase and either resale or give to their customers. Franklin and Nantahala are both in the direct path of…

Waterfall Wednesday

It's waterfall Wednesday, and there's no mistaking the sights and sounds of our natural wonders! The unseasonably warm weather we've been having lately has us thinking about how Spring is just around the corner with Summer not far behind.…

Franklin, NC - The Gem Capital of the World

  Did you know - Franklin is known as the "Gem Capitol of the World"? Gem Mining season is rapidly approaching and our website has links to local area member gem mines with information, directions and a some things to look for when…

Valentine's Day is Upon Us

There are certain groups of people when it comes to holidays, you have your "I've been ready for months" crowd. They are out keeping vigilant at all times for those perfect gifts for the perfect person. They are born with a talent unlike…

Romantic Getaway or A Mountain Wedding

It may seem premature to be thinking of the beautiful colors of spring and summer, while wrapped up in a warm blanket, but it’s definitely the right time to be thinking of your next mountain getaway. Before you know it, the leaves will be budding…

The Bartram Trail: Williams Pulpit

We've been having an unseasonably warm winter this year, interrupted by a brief stint of "actual winter" just a couple weeks ago. With the warmer temperatures, it makes one want to get outside and ramble around the mountains and see a grand…

Winter's Beauty Hits Franklin

For a few days over the last week, the beauty of winter blew through Western North Carolina and left its mark on the area. Less than a week ago, old man Winter stormed into town over night, leaving behind more than 6 inches of snow, bitter…

Winter Hikes Are Extremely Fun!

Most of us love to see the snow come down and adorn the mountains and waterfalls with a nice coating of snow. We respect the ice, and we definitely don't want to be out on the roads when there's unsafe conditions. One of the ways to get out…

A Jewel in the Gem Capitol of the World

The Future is Now When the Department of Transportation approached the Franklin Chamber of Commerce concerning plans to redirect traffic in front of the office on Porter Street, we were presented with the necessity to consider a change…

Much Needed Rainfall

After months without any significant rainfall in the area, two storm systems blew through Western North Carolina, giving the drought stricken region much needed rain. It has been an historically dry late summer and fall in the Franklin area.…

Franklin's Annual Christmas Parade

Franklin's Annual Christmas Parade The Sunday after Thanksgiving holds a long standing tradition here in Franklin, one that will thankfully carry on this year. Franklin's Annual Christmas Parade will be held as planned on Sunday November…

Franklin Wins Top Small Adventure Town For The Second Year In A Row

For the second year in a row, Franklin, NC has been voted the Top Small Adventure Town 2016 by the readers of "Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine". The voting took place on the popular magazine's website and started back in the late summer. Voting…

A Glimpse of Fall

Join Snapshots From Franklin, NC on a photographic journey through just a few of our favorite places to see the colors of fall enhance the beauty of the landscapes as only it can... This past week has been the height of the leaf season.…

Fall Color Update - October 7th, 2016

The colors of fall are beginning to show their distinctive hues in the higher elevations here in the Franklin area. Dry conditions are causing some leaves to deteriorate more rapidly and dead fall is occurring. The next series of photos were…

The Elk of the Great Smoky Mountains

  Each Autumn, the Cataloochee Valley area of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the elk rut begins. The valley echoes with the distinct bugling sound of the males, which serves two purposes. First, to attract the female elk,…

Be Entertained - Franklin, NC

It's a typical September Saturday evening in late Summer here in Franklin, which means you have a lot of entertainment waiting for you! So let's see what's on tap... The pun was intended for our first venue - The Lazy Hiker Brewing Co. hosts…

Great Ways to Close Out Your Summer

Well here we are, once again. Labor Day Weekend is upon us and the unofficial end of Summer is here. Kids are starting back to school, the mornings are getting a little cooler, and the last three day weekend of summer is here. Here's some…

8th Annual Mountain High BBQ Competition Winners

The 8th Annual Mountain High BBQ Competition & Car Show was this past weekend here in Franklin and it was a great weekend of competition, cars, and of course, tasty BBQ! The attendance for the event is estimated between 3,500 and 4,000.   It…

Pardon The Interruption, I Hope You Don't Mind

We get caught up so often in our daily routines, that sometimes we take for granted the things that are most dear to us in this world. Not because we don't appreciate them, not because we have grown accustomed to them. We're such a busy…

51st Annual Macon County Gemboree

Rock Hounds to Converge on Franklin for 51st Annual Gemboree Rock Hounds from all across the United States will converge on Franklin, North Carolina for the 51st Annual Macon County Gemboree which opens July 28, 2016 at the Macon County…

Fourth of July Fireworks In the Park

Join us in the Macon County Veteran's Memorial Recreation Park beginning at 12 Noon for the Annual Fun Day and Fireworks in the Park!   Schedule of Events Kids Fun Land will be open at Noon (sponsored by Biltmore…

Partnership Between County and Land Trust Creates Key Connector between National Forest Lands

A collaborative effort between Jackson County and Mainspring Conservation Trust will open 308 acres for public access, creating additional space for people to hike, hunt and fish in the area. Mainspring, a Franklin-based regional non-profit…

Congratulations Cherokee Ruby Mine!

Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire mine celebrate being named to the International Gem Society's Top Ten Places to mine in the U.S. You can sluice through rocks and dirt with a screen and look for precious treasures, including sapphires, garnets,…

Pickin' On The Square Returns!

The first concert of the 2016 Pickin' On The Square weekly concert series is this Saturday night, May 28th, in historic downtown Franklin. The Sundown Band will be entertaining the crowd with their mix of Oldies, Motown, and more. The band…

Five Franklin Area Hikes with Incredible Views

If you're in the Franklin area and looking for some breath taking mountain views, we have a short list of some of our favorite spots here for you and a link to directions will be at the bottom of this article. In no particular order, the…

Firefly Event - Great Smoky Mountains, NP

In late Spring, in certain places in the mountains in Western North Carolina and Tennessee, a phenomenon occurs that captures the attention and awe of thousands of people from all over the country. Synchronous Fireflies take flight and give…

The Trillium of Western North Carolina

More and more abundantly so, the trillium is showing up in the mountains of western North Carolina. The spring wildflower is very fragile, and in many areas of the country, it is illegal to pick or damage the trillium in any way. The trillium…

Along the Cullasaja River

Spring has sprung and the cold nights of winter are all but a faint memory that seem but a little dot in our review mirror. The Appalachian Trail through hiker season is in full swing, and downtown is buzzing with more than just sounds of…

The Little Tennessee River Greenway

When visitors and locals alike think of getting away from the office, or getting outside and spending a little time with Mother Nature, it doesn't always lead them out to the back country or to travel to some of our areas more popular outdoor…

2016 Franklin & Nantahala Visitor and Relocation Guide

Each year, the Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce produces a Visitor and Relocation Guide, packed with information about the Franklin and Nantahala areas. The guide is FREE to everyone, and it's not just for visitors! We'd like to highlight some…

A Scenic Gem

  In a mere matter of weeks, this view from Hwy 64/Highlands Road, of Cullasaja Falls, will be so very different. Cullasaja Falls is a 200' cascading waterfall that many folks don't take the time, or risk, of braving the steep scramble…

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Franklin, NC - Top Town 2015

For decades, Franklin has been known as the "Gem capital of the World", which has been a duly earned title, hosting numerous precious gem and mineral mines, fine jewelry stores, as well as a host of some of the best gem shows in the region each…

Wayah Bald Lookout Tower

Up in the high country of Franklin, NC stands one of the most recognizable lookout towers in Western North Carolina. Wayah Bald Lookout Tower remains standing as one of the historical structures along the Appalachian Trail in the Nantahala…
Franklin, NC - Nantahala Lake

Explore: Nantahala Lake

One of the great things about living, working and playing in Franklin and Nantahala is the diversity of nature and activities that we have, literally, so close to us. Whether it's hiking a stretch of the Bartram Trail, biking one of the…

Designer Bag Bingo

Are you a designer bag aficionado, or can't get enough of them? Does the possibility of winning a designer bag from Coach, Nine West, Michael Kors, The Sak or Fossil sound too good to be true? Well, on Saturday April 23rd, 2016, the Franklin,…

See and Explore Our New Website!

Maybe you've heard the news through the grapevine, maybe a friend said that they'd seen the Franklin Chamber's website looked A LOT different from the way it has looked in the past. Well folks, it's 100% true. We have update our website to help…

Franklin, NC Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet

  The Franklin Chamber of Commerce held it's Annual Awards and Installation Banquet on Thursday, January 28th, 2016 in Tartan Hall in downtown Franklin. Each year the Franklin Chamber of Commerce presents individuals, a business…

Winter's White Has Arrived

  Winter's white blanket, the season's first snowfall, has come to Franklin and the monster winter storm Jonas, left it's mark on Macon County. For the first few weeks of winter, our temperatures and weather was more spring-like,…

Take A Drive on our Waterfall Highway

The new year has settled in and the first week of January has come and gone. We have had a pretty volatile few weeks of weather here in Franklin and do believe that old man Winter has finally come to stick around. Some of the beneficiaries…

2nd Annual Rudy Drop

Do you have plans yet for New Years Eve? If you're tired of watching the ball drop on TV and don't want to head out of town for a unique New Years Eve celebration, look no further than downtown Franklin and the 2nd Annual New Years Eve Rudy…

Merry Christmas To All!

The time has come to gather round with family and friends. For us to take the time to slow down and enjoy the fruits of our labor. Remember the good times, remember our loved ones who aren't here with us, no matter what the reason, we know we…

Beautiful Weather

This warmer weather we've been having over the last couple of weeks has really gotten our biological calendars mixed up here in the mountains of western North Carolina! Just the last few days alone, where we've reached the upper 60's and…

Winter Wonderland Tonight!

Tonight, Saturday December 5th, beginning at 5 PM, the second of two Winter Wonderland events occurs on Main Street in Historic downtown Franklin, NC. Shops and stores all along Main Street will be open, some serving hot cocoa and cookies,…

Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s the time of year when we gather with family and friends, whether we travel a long distance, just around the corner, or stay at home and are the host, we cherish the time we have and celebrate another year and all we’re thankful…

Franklin’s Annual Christmas Parade

It’s the time of year when families gather round the table, giving thanks and sharing fellowship and fun with their loved ones. The Thanksgiving holiday weekend here in Franklin, NC is being capped off on Sunday, November 29th  at…

Thank You Veterans!

The Franklin, NC Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all of our military veterans who have served our great country and the people of Franklin over the course of our history. Without the sacrifices and dedication to country, service and…

Franklin, NC BRO Magazine Top Town 2015!

Downtown Franklin, NC There’s some big things happening in the this small town called Franklin, NC. Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine recently held an online voting contest that put small towns across the southeast up against one another for…
Franklin, NC - Cullasaja Falls

Through the storm

  The storm systems that converged on the southeast and coastal areas of the mid Atlantic also brought the Franklin area several inches of much needed rain this past weekend. Although the amount we received was far less than…
Franklin, NC - fall colors

Fall Foliage

As the leaves have started to change, many folks outside of Franklin and western North Carolina begin thinking about making their annual journey to the mountains in search of the magical colors of fall. This year is no different, as there…
Franklin, NC - Macon County Ag Fair

It’s Fair Time!

We would be remiss if we didn’t start off our post today without recognizing the anniversary of 9/11. We’re grateful to the men and women of our local Police, Fire and Rescue and EMS first responders for all they sacrifice to keep…
Franklin, NC - Fall is Coming

The end is also a beginning

With the passing of another Labor Day weekend, we say goodbye to summer and the fun in the sun mindset that goes with those hot sunny days and warm summer nights that we don’t want to end. The kids are heading back to school, moms…
Franklin, NC - motorcycling

Color Outside the Lines

  You know the old saying, “when the world gives you lemons, make lemonade”. There are a lot of lemons going around right now, so what better time to make some of that good old fashioned “lemonade”. That lemonade being…
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Still open for “business”

  With the government shut down implementing park and trail closings all over the United States, many of the most popular areas in Western North Carolina have been closed or are not accessible while our elected officials try…
Franklin, NC - Cruisin in the Mountains 2013

Cruisin’ in the Mountains Car Show

If you’re a fan of classic cars, antiques, trucks, rat rods, and bikes, or if you are an owner of one and want to show it off, then you have to be at the 2013 Cruisin’ in the Mountains Car, Truck and Bike Show! Registration is now…
Franklin, NC - Sunset from Albert Mountain

Explore: Nantahala National Forest

With Summer easing it’s way into Fall, cooler nights and more mild days, now is the peak time to get out and explore some of the backcountry of the Nantahala National Forest right here in Franklin! With so many trails, offering so…
Franklin, NC - Veterans Memorial Park

Veteran’s Day Parade

There is little doubt that one of the most highly respected holidays each year is Veteran’s Day. Each year we take the 11th of November to pay our respects to the men and women who so bravely served our great nation in times of war,…
Franklin, NC - Halloween In The Park

Halloween in the Park

The Macon County Parks and Recreation Department, with participation from many local businesses and organizations is once again putting on the annual Halloween in the Park, Thursday October 31st, from 5 pm to 8 pm. For a safe environment…
Franklin, NC - Pumpkinfest 2013

Pumpkinfest Time!

Grab your best pumpkin and head downtown to the 17th Annual Pumpkinfest this Saturday, October 26th, 2013. Enter the World Famous Pumpkin Roll for your chance to win a cash prize of $100! Registration for the pumpkin roll begins at 9AM…
Franklin, NC - Nantahala Lake

Explore: Nantahala Lake

One of the great things about living, working and playing in Franklin and Nantahala is the diversity of nature and activities that we have, literally, so close to us. Whether it’s hiking a stretch of the Bartram Trail, biking one of…
Franklin, NC - Burger Grill Off

Best Burgers In Town Grill-Off

The grill sizzles as you place the patty on it gently, taking care that the temperature is just right, the juices begin to flow out the sides and drip slowly down into the open flame. The smell of the searing burgers fills the air and you…
Franklin, NC - Gem Show

50th Annual Gemboree

The 50th Annual Macon County Gemboree is going on now, and there’s only two days left to stop in to the Macon County Community Building located on Hwy 441/Georgia Rd just south of Franklin and across from the Whistle Stop Mall. The…
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Wesser Bald Tower

If you’ve never explored  Wesser Bald Tower on the outskirts of Franklin and Macon County, you’re in for a true majestic treat. Wesser Bald is located about 20 miles outside of Franklin, as you head out Hwy 28 towards Bryson City,…
Franklin, NC - Summer Attractions

Summer Attractions

Every year, thousands of people make their way to western North Carolina for fun, adventure, hiking, and a place to get away from it all, right here in Franklin, NC. We have just about everything you need to fill a week or two with non-stop…
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Macon County Fair – A Wealth of Tradition

The Macon County Fair is getting set to return to the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center and Macon County Fairgrounds September 16th – 20th, 2015! The Macon County Fair is one of the only remaining fairs in North Carolina to be an “agricultural…
Franklin, NC - Wayah Bald

Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day weekend is here, which means the unofficial end of summer is upon us. September is a busy month here in Franklin, as folks are preparing for the upcoming Macon County Fair starting on September 16th. The Macon County Fair is…
Franklin, NC - BYB Falls

Autumn’s Approaching

It’s hard to believe another summer has come and almost passed. The kids are back in school and the days are ending a little earlier. There is a bit of a chill making its way into the early morning hours. From a distance, Friday night…
Franklin, NC - Top Town Competition

Top Towns Competition

Our little slice of heaven on earth, Franklin, is a contender in the 2015 Blue Ridge Outdoor TOP TOWNS Contest and we need your votes! Whether you’re an avid hiker and have traversed the many trails, an admirer of our scenic waterfalls…
Franklin, NC - Mountain High BBQ Festival & Car Show

7th Annual Mountain High BBQ Festival & Car Show

It’s hard to believe that we’re in our seventh year of the Mountain High BBQ Festival & Car Show! Over the years, we’ve had some fantastic competitors, top flight entertainment and some of the coolest rods’ in the mountains…