Franklin, NC - Sunset from Albert Mountain

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 many unique views and opportunities for a bit of quiet reflection, you’ll surely run out of daylight before you run out of new places to visit. For the adventurous kind, there are plenty of places to set up camp all around the National Forest, which you can find more information on below.

From the scenic views a top Wayah Bald, to the hidden gems of Big Laurel and Mooney Falls, the quiet of the Appalachian Trail or the roar of the Nantahala River, Franklin is so much more than just the “Gem Capital of the World”. Whether you’re a day hiker looking for an afternoon outing or someone who enjoys getting a little bit more in touch with nature and spending a night, a week, or more, in the beautiful trails of the Nantahala, it doesn’t get much better than it is right now!

For more information on the backcountry of the Nantahala National Forest, please visit their website at and for additional information of trails, hikes, scenic drives and all the information you’ll need to visit Franklin, NC please visit the Franklin Chamber of Commerce website at