The Nantahala National Forest is home to Franklin, NC

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 outfits to pack, making sure the roof rack is securely installed. The RVs and campers are being cleaned up and prepped for the drive, the bikes and kayaks are being strapped down tight, and the boat trailers are being inspected to make sure everything is in working order. It is a busy time for travelers, and for those who are receiving the company too. Outside of Thanksgiving, Easter and Christmas – Memorial Day weekend is one of the busiest holidays of the year.

Historic Downtown Franklin offers unique dining, shopping, and historical museums

Explore Franklin

Franklin is an area of scenic beauty and small town charm wrapped inside the the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains, the area is the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, The Blue Ridge Parkway, and many of the region’s other popular locations. But don’t let the small town charm fool you. Franklin is rich in history, but we’re also the host to some of the more unique dining and shopping in our downtown streets. Craft breweries, specialty shops, fine dining, museums and art galleries are all located inside of just a few miles that you can park and explore the day away without leaving town. Then take a stroll along the Little Tennessee River Greenway and watch the sun disappear behind the western mountains.

The Cullasaja River is just one of the many areas to explore, hike, or fish in Franklin

Seek Your Adventure

Whether you prefer a scenic drive, a day hike, fly fishing, kayaking, waterfalls, or just finding a quiet place to sit back and soak in Mother Nature, we have the spot just for you. With miles of scenic highways, like US 64 East through the Cullasaja River Gorge, Wayah Road – which travels up to Wayah Gap, where you can decide to take the FS Rd to Wayah Bald or continue the drive over to Nantahala Lake. The Cullasaja and Little Tennessee Rivers offer up miles and mile of fishing opportunities, where you can also put your kayak or paddle board in most spots and paddle up or down river. Wanting a little bit more water adventure? The Nantahala River and Nantahala Lake are just a short drive through the scenic Nantahala National Forest where you can get a little more power beneath you, both mechanical and swift water, and feel the excitement of whitewater kayaking or get out on the lake with your speed boats, pontoon boats, jet skis, or self propelled watercraft.

Franklin’s Veterans Memorial Park located on US 441/Georgia Rd, just south of downtown Franklin.

Remembering The Fallen

While the holiday weekend is spent at lakes, rivers, camp fires and cabins around the mountains, don’t forget to take a moment or two and remember the reason for the holiday. Say a prayer for the men and women who paid the ultimate price so we may be free to enjoy this great land of ours. Thank you to those we’ve lost in protection of our freedoms, without your service, we may not be where we are today.

Explore our natural wonders and fall in love with Franklin, NC!

For more information on how you can enjoy the mountains of Western North Carolina with us here in Franklin, please explore our website and see all there is to do here in our area. We’d love to see you this weekend, and beyond – Visit Franklin, NC