Nestled in the foothills of The Great Smoky Mountains in western North Carolina, Franklin is quickly becoming a favorite destination for folks looking to reconnect with small town life, to slow down and enjoy the way of life in the mountains. You don’t have to be an outdoor adventurist to enjoy the beauty, you don’t have to wander the forests to discover the life. Franklin is so much more than an outdoor adventure town and we’re happy to give you the keys to your next visit!

Main Street & Beyond

Anyone who knows Franklin has seen the transformation that has taken place over the years that has brought new life, energy, and many wonderful new businesses to Main Street and beyond. Small businesses, breweries, and restaurants now “keep the lights on” downtown well past 5 o’clock. You can count on finding a smiling face greeting you at the door when you enter the many specialty shops, galleries, and museums on Main Street and you know they will go out of their way to make sure you feel at home. But that’s not just limited to Main Street! Our members are located all over the Franklin & Nantahala area, and our website can guide you to find exactly what you’re looking for. From Antiques to Yarn and everything in between, it’s just a few clicks away!

Shopping In Franklin & Nantahala

Scenic Beauty & Natural Wonders

There’s no mistaking that the Franklin & Nantahala Area is one of magical landscapes, iconic waterfalls, and legendary trails. The Appalachian Trail wanders north from Georgia into the western part of Franklin, bringing rugged and brave hikers who have challenged themselves to make the nearly 2,200 mile journey to Maine. But you don’t have to hike like a seasoned explorer to enjoy the trails. Our site offers directions and information to trails of many lengths, difficulties, and scenery. From the paved path of the Little Tennessee River Greenway in downtown Franklin, to the long loops in the back country of  Standing Indian Campground, you can challenge yourself as little or as much as you desire. Our natural wonders don’t cease with the trails, as our area is host to some of the most beautiful waterfalls in all of Western North Carolina. From “Waterfall Highway” on US 64 East of Franklin, to the trails of Rufus Morgan Falls, Mooney Falls, and Big Laurel Falls, there are a wide variety of waterfalls that will both amaze and delight the viewer. Our website gives directions and information for most of the waterfalls in the area, and some that are a little further from Franklin. Add to these, the scenic loop drives of The Great Smoky Mountains and The Blue Ridge Parkway, and you’ll see that you’ll run out of time before you run out of things to see and experience!

Recreation Destination

Franklin is home to high adventure and beautiful scenery, which also provide a rich environment for some of the most invigorating and relaxing activities and recreation anywhere! From the links of our local golf courses, to horseback riding, to world class entertainment at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, there’s always something exciting and entertaining happening right here in Franklin. Spend the day on the links or on the river, then enjoy dinner and a show in the evening, or a quiet walk along the Greenway as the sun sets, and you’ll feel like you’ve hit the reset button as you feel the stress of everyday life fading away. To find out more about all of the opportunities we have here in Franklin to refresh, relax, and recharge, click over to the link below!

Recreation in Franklin, NC

We hope we’ve inspired you to take a look around, plan a trip to come and explore the mountains of Western North Carolina, and engulf yourself in the riches of both our natural wonders and the local lifestyle! There’s no doubt, once you’ve made that first visit – you’ll truly know what we’re so excited about! Check back often for updates to our Snapshots From Franklin, NC blog!