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 of the information that is in our guide, along with a little background about the Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce. We’re not just a Chamber of Commerce, we’re your resource for information about the Franklin and Nantahala communities. We have the scoop on what’s happening and where to find all the best views, trails, waterfalls, restaurants, lodging, gem mines and more! We’re here to help you plan your time with us, whether its a day, a weekend, or the rest of your life. We serve our community proudly, because we love to call Franklin and Nantahala our home. As you’ll see, our guidebook is more than just a business directory, it’s an adventure directory!

Our cover photo this year is a unique view of one of our areas most highly recognized and most frequently visited natural attractions. The image of Dry Falls, was captured at the base of the 65 foot waterfall, an angle not commonly seen. Directions to Dry Falls, and other area waterfalls, are located on pages 20 and 21 of the guide. We like to call it the “original rock music”.

Guide Cover 2016

Late last summer, Franklin was listed on Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine’s website as a finalist in their “Top Small Town” award competition. Historically known as the “Gem Mining Capital of the World”, Franklin has been embarking on a new, parallel identity, as one of western North Carolina’s most popular spots for outdoor recreation. We were proud to have been awarded the 2015 Best Small Town award, as voted on by the readers of BRO Magazine, and believe the partnership of our rich history and our newly awarded title, will bring even more recognition to our area and all of the opportunities that await visitors and local residents alike.

As you turn the pages of the guide, you begin to see just how many opportunities there are to enjoy life of a small town that are right here, waiting for you. We’re proud to be a Certified AT Community, serving through hikers of the Appalachian Trail as a community that welcomes the hikers and assists them on their journey. More information about the Appalachian Trail and our role as a Certified AT Community, is found in our guide on page 34.

Guide A T

Along with the well known Appalachian Trail, there are many local hikes that are both scenic and accessible to folks of all ages and hiking skill level. That section in our guide begins on page 26.

Guide Hiking

Want more information on the Gem Mining history and how to get started on your own quest for precious gems, turn to page 36, and learn about how gem mining became a way of life for many and to this day is one of the most popular activities in Franklin. There’s a map and info on our member mines in the following pages.

Guide Gem Mines

If fly fishing is your passion, turn to page 30, and read up on all the local spots to cast your worries down river. Whether you’re looking for a quiet spot, or you’re in need of a guide, we’ve got you covered. From the Nantahala River, to the Little Tennessee, Cullasaja or Tuckaseegee Rivers, there’s miles and miles of water for you to explore.

Guide Fly Fishing

Of course, our guide is also a complete listing of all of our members and their category of business or organization. There’s so much information in our guide that we could never cover it here, and that’s why we encourage you to drop us a line, give us a call, or send us an IM on Facebook with your name and mailing address. We’ll get you a hot off the press copy in the mail ASAP and you can begin to plan your next visit, or your next move, to the quiet and peaceful mountains of western North Carolina.

For more information about our guide and how you can get a copy of the 2016 Franklin & Nantahala Visitor and Relocation Guide, please contact us here: Franklin Chamber Contact. We look forward to hearing from you!