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 Fall in the mountains of Western North Carolina!
If you’re one of the thousands of people whose Fall plans have been interrupted due to the shutdown of our government, we hope you’ll look in our direction here in Franklin, to come and enjoy the beauty of the autumn season, as the colors have started their magical descent down the mountains. Along with some of the valleys, we’re seeing reds, yellows and brilliant oranges all up and down the Smoky, Blue Ridge and Nantahala regions.
One of the most popular roads in America, The Blue Ridge Parkway, remains open during this shutdown, and the stretch that runs from Cherokee, NC to Balsam Gap, NC is 28 miles of heaven. From Franklin, this scenic loop drive can take a 1/2 day or a whole day, to explore, and is truly up to you to decide how long to make it. With numerous pull-offs and gorgeous scenic landscapes, you’re eyes will tire long before the new sights run out.
There are a number of beautiful scenic loops to drive, along with back roads of the Forestry Service that are still accessible, although any government facilities (such as restrooms) are closed, you can still explore the colorful mountains here in Franklin. For more information on the many scenic drives and other natural attractions of the area, please visit our website at https://www.franklin-chamber.com/ or give us a call at (828) 524-3161.