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    Rufus Morgan Falls

    by jmpncsu Written Mar 23, 2015

    Rufus Morgan Falls is a 60-foot waterfall in Nantahala National Forest. The hike to the falls is an easy to intermediate one-mile round trip and is great place to see wildflowers in the late spring. Note that Forest Road 388 is gated in the winter, so if you want to visit the falls then, you'll have to hike an additional 2 miles each way on the road. The blue-blazed Rufus Morgan Trail (#29) leads from the trailhead up into the cove formed by Left Prong Rough Fork. Where the trail crosses the creek, there is a split, where left makes a loop going back to the parking lot and right heads up to the waterfall. The waterfall cascades down a steep rock face and there are some rocks at the base to sit and enjoy the falls or have a picnic. The falls are fairly well-known so you may have company depending on when you visit, but it's off the beaten path enough that there's never going to be a crowd. The waterfall is named for A. Rufus Morgan, an Episcopal priest who lived in the area and was dedicated to conservation of the Nantahala and Smokey Mountains. Morgan climbed Mount LeConte more than 100 times up into his 90s and maintained significant portions of the Appalachian Trail. Besides the waterfall and trail, a shelter on the AT near Nantahala Outdoor Center is also named for him.

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    Big Laurel Falls

    by jmpncsu Written Mar 23, 2015

    Big Laurel Falls is a scenic 20-foot waterfall in the Southern Nantahala Wilderness near the headwaters of Nantahala River. The hike to the waterfall is an easy 1-mile round trip, but it's off the beaten path enough that you are likely to have it all to yourself. Forest Road 67 is initially paved but changes to gravel along the way and it takes longer to drive than you might expect. There was one ford, but the water level was very low and we had no issue crossing in a 2WD car. In times of high water, it might be best to avoid the area.

    From the trailhead on Forest Road 67, head down to the a footbridge over Mooney Creek and turn right to stay on Big Laurel Falls Trail (#29). It's less than half a mile to the waterfall on Big Laurel Branch. The waterfall is fairly small, but it's very pretty and the setting is great. The waterfall is surrounded by rhododendron that stay green even in the winter. In the warmer months, the pool at the base of the waterfall is a nice swim hole.

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    Rankin Square and Clock Tower

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    "The Victorian period did have a lasting effect on Franklin. Much of the downtown architecture is authentic Victorian – a true treasure. Complementing that architecture, the Clock Tower Garden was indeed a Victorian garden. It consisted of four symmetrical plots of land, each enclosed by a fence. This design is what made it a Victorian garden – not that the flowers were planted over a hundred years ago!"

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    Blue Ridge Gospel Music Weekend

    by etfromnc Updated Jun 27, 2009

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    If you really enjoy Southern, mountain Christian music, plan to be in Franklin the last weekend of June. There is a great local Southern Gospel quartet based in this area which organizes three nights of the most amazing Southern Gospel, Bluegrass, and Western music, or even Christian comedy, that you can imagine every year. There is a "suggested donation" (This year it was $8.) for entry but they will not turn you away for not making that suggested donation. The Blue Ridge quartet performs each night but there are usually two different additional groups as well. Some of them you have never heard of, such as The Watkins Family (whom I had never heard until last night) but others will be more widely prominent, such as The Dixie Echos, The Perrys, The Greenes, and others. Nearly every year, Christian comedian and award-winning song writer Aaron Wilburn will also be there for a night or two. Performances start at 7 PM but you will want to come early to get a good seat, and maybe even to have dinner. The doors open at 5:30 and they serve barbecue, hot dogs, burgers, and delicious homemade desserts as only southern Baptist mothers can make them. The food isn't free but it is very reasonable.

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    Gem Mining

    by laguizz Written Sep 23, 2007

    There are many gem mines near Franklin. We had a great time looking for rubies and sapphires and yes, we did find some.

    The Gem and Mineral museum can recommend some mines for you to try. Plan to spend several hours if not all day at the mine and wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty.

    At the gem mine We also mined an extra large spider
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    Gem and Mineral Museum

    by laguizz Written Sep 19, 2007

    The museum is located in the former jail. It is well worth a visit if you are interested in gems. There is a guided a tour of the museum, which we were told has the largest gem collection outside the Smithsonian. The collection was beautiful and our guide, probably a retiree, was very knowledgeable and entertaining.

    The collection includes locally found gems and gems from around the world. They have a florescent room showing naturally florescent gems.

    The museum shop sells locally found and cut gems.

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    Gem and Mineral Museum

    by etfromnc Updated Jun 24, 2006

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    Perhaps I should not list this place. I have been by there three times but have never been able to get in the place. They adhere closely to their operating hours which are Monday through Friday from noon until 4 PM and Saturday from 11 AM until 3 PM but only from May through October. Although I have never been inside, the outside is of interest as well. The museum is located in the county's old jail which was built in pre-Civil War times and the bars are still on the windows. I am also told that once I get inside, I will be able to find out where Franklin got its name as "Gem Capital of the World."

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    Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Sep 23, 2007

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    Hours:
    Open May 1st through October 31st
    Monday through Friday: Noon - 4 pm
    Saturday: 11 am - 3 pm

    Open year round by appointment for both individuals and tour groups

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