Local Activities

Local Activities

Franklin, North Carolina is nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina and offers a variety of activities for visitors.

  1. Hiking: With the Appalachian Trail and numerous other trails nearby, there’s no shortage of opportunities for hiking and nature photography. You can also visit the Wayah Bald Lookout Tower for an impressive view.

  2. Gem Mining: Franklin is known as the “Gem Capital of the World” for its rich deposits of precious and semi-precious gems. You can visit gem mines like the Sheffield Mine, the Rose Creek Mine, or the Mason’s Ruby and Sapphire Mine and try your hand at gem mining.

  3. Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts: If you’re in the mood for some entertainment, this 1,500-seat state-of-the-art facility presents the finest in performing arts entertainment.

  4. Franklin Area Historical Museum: This museum showcases the area’s history and heritage. It includes exhibits about the region’s gem and mineral resources, native peoples, and early settlers.

  5. Fishing and Boating: The many rivers and lakes around Franklin offer plenty of opportunities for fishing and boating. You can fish for trout in the streams, or head to Lake Nantahala or Fontana Lake for boating and other water sports.

  6. Waterfalls: Visit the Cullasaja River Gorge for stunning waterfalls such as the Cullasaja Falls, the Dry Falls, and the Quarry Falls (also known as Bust-Yer-Butt Falls).

  7. Golfing: If you enjoy golf, Franklin has beautiful courses with stunning mountain views. Try your hand at the Franklin Golf Course or the Mill Creek Country Club.

  8. Local Festivals and Events: Depending on the time of year, you might be able to catch a local festival like the Franklin Folk Festival or the Macon County Fair.