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 of our favorite ways to spend time with family, friends, or just out on your own.

EXPLORE MAIN STREET

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Downtown Franklin has gone through some big changes over the past few years. With new shops, restaurants, and more, you’ll want to take some extra time to explore the new additions and your old favorites!

GO ROCK HUNTING AT A GEM MINE

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Whether you’re a novice rock hound or you’ve been enjoying the gem mines  for years, you’re sure to have a great time with the whole family. For a complete list of our gem mines, click here: Franklin Area Gem Mines

HIT THE TRAIL!

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Whether its a day hike you’re in search of or a long distance overnight adventure, the Franklin area has hundreds of miles of trails at varying lengths and difficulties to suit everyone. Two of the most famous trails in the area, The Appalachian Trail and The Bartram Trail, respectively, draw hundreds of hikers to the area on a consistent schedule. You can find information on some of the more popular hikes here: Hiking in the Franklin, NC Area

GRAB A GLASS OF LOCAL CRAFT BEER

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Franklin is becoming even more of a popular location for the craft beer that is being served up on Main Street at Chamber member The Lazy Hiker Brewing Co. With a family friendly atmosphere, artisan food truck fare, and live entertainment, it’s always a good time to “get lazy” at The Lazy Hiker Brewing Co.

GET WET… OR… 

You're definitely going to get soggy whitewater kayaking.

You’re definitely going to get soggy whitewater kayaking.

STAY “DRY?”

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When visit local waterfalls, you mainly have the option to get wet ONLY if you want to go for a swim or get directly in the path of the water. At Dry Falls, you’re not as fortunate to have an either/or situation. Legend has it, that Dry Falls got its name when people realized that there are, even in moments of heavy water flow, spots where you can stand beneath the falls and stay “relatively” dry. For information about waterfalls, click over to this link: Waterfalls in Franklin, NC

RIDE THE GREENWAY

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Whether you’re on the paved path of the trail, biking your way with friends and family, or you’re on foot, running or jogging your way around the 5 mile long Little Tennessee River Greenway, you can get away from it all right in the middle of down town Franklin! Cycling does also refer to the motorized cyclists and we have info for you here too: Cycling in Franklin, NC

CAST YOUR CARES AWAY

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Take advantage of some of the best Fly Fishing around the area right here in Franklin, NC! From the Nantahala River, to the Little Tennessee, and then on up to the Cullasaja River, there are literally miles and mile of water to set back and cast away. Click over for a little guidance: Fly Fishing

With so much to see and do all day long, you’ll certainly need some down time in the evening. You can check over at our Community Calendar for a schedule of events, concerts, festivals and more by just clicking here: Calendar of Events

We have so much to offer, to such a diverse age of visitor, that you’ll certainly find a place where you can come and unwind. Be a part of the community, or be a frequent visitor. Either way, we’re so glad you’re here. For a complete website listing, you can visit our site at www.VisitFranklinNC.com

Have a SAFE and WONDERFUL Labor Day Weekend!