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Wesser Bald Hike

If you're looking for a nice morning or afternoon hike, you can't beat the Wesser Bald Tower hike in the western part of Franklin and Macon County. The hike is a three mile round trip hike that begins at the Tellico Gap crossing of the Appalachian…

Vote Franklin 2018 Top Small Adventure Town!

We know that Franklin is full of adventure, now we have a chance to be voted Top Adventure Town in the Small Town category of Blue Ridge Magazine's 2018 TOP Adventure Town contest! Vote every 24 hours for your favorites on multiple devices!…

Memorial Day Weekend - Franklin, NC

The unofficial start of summer is upon us. Memorial Day weekend is the first days of the year that is just getting warm enough to get out and truly start enjoying the spoils of summer. Longer days and higher temperatures have everyone dusting…

This is Franklin, NC!

From our mile high mountain tops, to the vibrant streets of downtown, Franklin, there is something here for the whole family to enjoy. Scenic waterfalls, gem mines, craft breweries, outdoor recreation, fine dining, world class entertainment,…

Plan Your Franklin, NC Getaway Now!

With hundreds of miles of trails for hiking, crystal clear rivers for swimming, kayaking, or a lazy day floating along, beautiful waterfalls, scenic drives that will take your breath away, ten active gem mines where you can sift for your…

The Perfect Time to Explore

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.…

Welcome Eclipse Guests... To Franklin, NC!

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…

Memorial Day Weekend

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…

National Walking Day

Today is National Walking Day - a day to get out and enjoy a nice 30 minute walk. As part of American Heart Association’s efforts to promote healthy living, National Walking Day was started in 2007. Fortunately for us, we have a wide…

The Bartram Trail: Williams Pulpit

We've been having an unseasonably warm winter this year, interrupted by a brief stint of "actual winter" just a couple weeks ago. With the warmer temperatures, it makes one want to get outside and ramble around the mountains and see a grand…

Winter Hikes Are Extremely Fun!

Most of us love to see the snow come down and adorn the mountains and waterfalls with a nice coating of snow. We respect the ice, and we definitely don't want to be out on the roads when there's unsafe conditions. One of the ways to get out…

Franklin Wins Top Small Adventure Town For The Second Year In A Row

For the second year in a row, Franklin, NC has been voted the Top Small Adventure Town 2016 by the readers of "Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine". The voting took place on the popular magazine's website and started back in the late summer. Voting…

A Glimpse of Fall

Join Snapshots From Franklin, NC on a photographic journey through just a few of our favorite places to see the colors of fall enhance the beauty of the landscapes as only it can... This past week has been the height of the leaf season.…

Great Ways to Close Out Your Summer

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…

Five Franklin Area Hikes with Incredible Views

If you're in the Franklin area and looking for some breath taking mountain views, we have a short list of some of our favorite spots here for you and a link to directions will be at the bottom of this article. In no particular order, the…

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Franklin, NC - Top Town 2015

For decades, Franklin has been known as the "Gem capital of the World", which has been a duly earned title, hosting numerous precious gem and mineral mines, fine jewelry stores, as well as a host of some of the best gem shows in the region each…

Beautiful Weather

This warmer weather we've been having over the last couple of weeks has really gotten our biological calendars mixed up here in the mountains of western North Carolina! Just the last few days alone, where we've reached the upper 60's and…

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Panthertown Valley Hike

Sponsored and Lead by the Nantahala Hiking Club Panthertown Valley:  Elbow and Redbutt Falls.  We enter this hike from the Cold Mountain entrance.  Hike mostly downhill going in and uphill on the return.  We cross several creeks, not…

Cliffside Lake Loop Hike

Sponsored and Lead by the Nantahala Hiking Club Cliffside Lake Loop by way of Skitty Creek on Highway 64.  Hike the Homestead Trail to the lake and around the lake. Total Hiking Distance:  4 miles Rating:  Easy Elevation:  200' Meeting…

Kimsey Creek Hike

Sponsored and conducted by the Nantahala Hiking Club. Kimsey Creek exploration to Park Ridge.  We will hike up Kimsey Creek on the right-hand side and explore an old road bed which leads back to Park Ridge.  Return tot he back-country parking…

Winding Stair Gap Hike

Sponsored by the Nantahala Hiking Club Forest Service Road North and return by the AT crossing Moore Creek and a lovely waterfall. Total Hike Distance:  2 miles Rating Easy Elevation 200' Meeting Place:  West Gate Plaza Time:  2 pm Round…

Nantahala Hiking Club Hike

Wallace Branch Loop - Everyone welcome Hike on the Bartram Trail passing a couple of waterfalls. Total Hike distance:  2 miles. Rating:  Easy. Elevation 200'. Meeting Place:  Westgate Plaza Time:  2 pm Round Trip Driving:  22 miles Leader: …