Welcome to the mountains of Western North Carolina!

So here we are, less than 48 hours away from the “Once-In-A-Lifetime” event known as The Great American Solar Eclipse 2017. We’re a small town here in Franklin, but we don’t live small. We have so much more than the moon blocking out the sun for 2.5 minutes on August 21st, so give us a few minutes and let us properly introduce ourselves to you!

Rock Hounds seeking and sifting for precious gems in our local gem mines

Over the years, decades past, we were actually a pretty famous little town. Known as “The Gem Mining Capitol of the World”, we were home to some of the richest gem and mineral mining in the world. Over the years, the gem mines changed over to attractions for folks to come and spend time with their families, passing on the sifting of sand to younger generations, seeking out the riches of our mountains. Families have come for generations, passing on the tradition to their children and grandchildren. You can see more about our local gem mines and the history of mining in our are here: Gem Mines in Franklin

Dry Falls is one of our most popular area waterfalls

For the past two years, Franklin has been voted as Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine’s Top Adventure Town (Small Town) by voters all across the country. If you’ve never been to Franklin & Nantahala area, take some time this weekend to get out and see some of our natural wonders. Stunning waterfalls, The Appalachian Trail, the Little Tennessee River Greenway in downtown Franklin, our balds (Wayah, Siler, Wesser), Lake Nantahala, just to pique your interest. Here’s some links to get you started!

Waterfalls – HikingRecreation

Now that you’ve worked up an appetite, and you need to get something delicious to fill your hunger, you have to take a peek at our local dining experiences! No matter what your pallet desires, you can bet you’ll find something to love right here in Franklin. From American cuisine to Thai and everything in between, you will quickly see that small town doesn’t mean small menus here in Franklin! Take a look at our local fare here Restaurants – and judge for yourself!

So many different types of stores for folks of all ages and interests!

Explore our historic downtown shopping and museums and get to know your hosts! We have a wonderful group of downtown merchants, welcoming you in and showing off some of our very own area art, crafts, locally sourced food and other locally made products that give you a taste of life in the mountains, or the perfect gift for someone special. Whether its handmade soaps, paintings, handcrafted furniture, or a local author’s book – you can reach out and touch the culture and history that live inside the shops, the museums, and the galleries that adorn our Main Street and beyond. We have a searchable database here – Franklin Area Shopping – Museums – Ghost Tour – and so much more!

Find the perfect spot to lay your head and recharge.

So now you’ve been out exploring, you’ve shopped and had some wonderful food, and now you need a place to lay your weary head. Are you looking for a B&B, do you need a hotel with great Wi-Fi and a fitness room, how about a glamping experience, or maybe you’d like to rent a home? Don’t worry, you have you pick of it all right here in Franklin! Our list of Accommodations in WNC is another categorical search engine that helps you find the exact type of lodging experience you’re looking for!

Welcome to our home in Western North Carolina! We hope you don’t take our words at face value – we hope you experience all we have to offer here for yourselves! And if you find that you don’t have enough time to enjoy everything we have here to offer in Franklin, don’t worry, we’ll be here AFTER the eclipse too!