Every year, thousands of people make their way to western North Carolina for fun, adventure, hiking, and a place to get away from it all, right here in Franklin, NC. We have just about everything you need to fill a week or two with non-stop action and entertainment. Waterfalls, the Appalachian Trail, The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Main Street after dark, meaning, dining and entertainment. There’s so much to do and see, it’s common practice to make plans to come back, long before you’ve ever left from the current trip.
Waterfalls – Western NC is known for many, many waterfalls. Nature’s “Rock Music”, if you will. The above pictured waterfall is unique, in that, you can drive underneath and park their, while taking or posing for a photograph. Bridal Veil Falls is certainly a busy and extremely popular stop along Hwy 64. Others to visit in the immediate area are Dry Falls, Bust Yer Butt Fall, and Cullasaja Falls. All of these waterfalls are located on Hwy 64 E towards Highlands, NC. The approximate 9 mile drive up the curvy road can be intimidating, however, patience pays off and gets you there safely!
Hiking – With so many trails all over the area, you will definitely want to reach out and locate a hiking guide book or an app on a smartphone, to help you plan YOUR ideal trip. The Bartram Trail, Appalachian Trail, and many more smaller, more local destination trails, such as, Wayah Bald Lookout Tower, Albert Mountain Lookout Tower, Wesser Bald, and one of the most famous, Pickens Nose Trail.
If you’re an outdoorsman, photographer or just being out and are fascinated by mother nature, you’ll be able to get out and travel the back roads, hike the trail, find your spot and just lay back and become one with all that surrounds you. Snap a shot, cast a line -just see what turns up!
Come on back to town if you want to have a sit down meal at an upscale restaurant or head on down the road to some 50’5 fair. Otherwise, you have to make a trip across town toward the BBQ establishments. Head on in and get ready for some great eating.
If you aren’t tired yet – then it’s time to put you to work! At one of the MANY mines we have here in Franklin! Just recently we had a brand new discovery, a rather large Ruby was discovered at one of the local gem mines. You go in and purchase buckets of sand and then you’re off to “Siftin’ School”. They teach you what to look for in the gems and will then help you classify them. Who knows, maybe YOU can find the next BIG ONE!
For more information about events or many of our local mines, stop by the chamber website here Franklin Chamber of Commerce or give us a call at 828.524.3161. We look forward to hearing from you!