Franklin was voted the “Best Small Outdoor Town” for 2015 & 2016 by readers of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine. Miles of trails, scenic drives, waterfalls, fly fishing, and more – Franklin, NC is truly Mother Nature’s playground.
Looking for EXCITING ADVENTURES? Get to
know your “Mountain-side” in Franklin, NC!
Hike along the Appalachian or Bartram trails to the tops of the Nantahala Mountains, where you can see for miles and miles in all directions. Soar high above the trees with a Ziplining experience. Challenge your Fly Fishing skills in our cold mountain rivers or visit a Trout Farm, where you’re guaranteed to catch your dinner. Immerse yourself in the rapids on a kayak or raft and feel the thrill of the rivers. Take a scenic drive or hit the trails on your mountain bike, feel the vanticipation of the beauty that awaits you around the next curve. Known historically as the “Gem Capitol of the World”, test your skills at gem mining at any one of the ten gem mines that are open to the public in our area.
Enjoy the cold refreshing taste of locally crafted beer at one of our two local breweries. Walk our historic Main Street, where you can find three museums and experience life as it once was, while visiting unique shops and dining all within walking distance. Franklin should be your first stop for collecting memories and experiences that you and your loved ones will cherish for generations. You’ll run out of daylight before you run out of things to do!