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  • Big Laurel Falls
    Big Laurel Falls
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  • Big Laurel Falls
    Big Laurel Falls
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  • Rufus Morgan Falls
    Rufus Morgan Falls
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Franklin Things to Do

  • Rufus Morgan Falls

    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...

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  • Big Laurel Falls

    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...

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  • Rankin Square and Clock Tower

    coming..."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...

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  • Blue Ridge Gospel Music Weekend

    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...

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  • Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum

    coming...Hours:Open May 1st through October 31stMonday through Friday: Noon - 4 pm Saturday: 11 am - 3 pmOpen year round by appointment for both individuals and tour groups

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  • Gem Mining

    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.

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Franklin Restaurants

  • Legends in their own minds

    One of three locations in this small chain, the Franklin Buddies barbecue restaurant is located at the corner of the L in an L-shaped mall but has a very rustic appearance on the inside. On the inside it looks as if you were in a log cabin somewhere away from the hustle and bustle of the city. There are very strong NASCAR influences with Sirius XM...

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  • Get Fried at Elmore's

    In many places, but particularly in the southeastern United States, the term "fish fry," conjures up pictures of large cauldrons of boiling cooking oil with massive quantities of fish, potatoes, and hush puppies frying in them with mounds of cold, delicious cole slaw near at hand. Churches once held them periodically as an excuse for social...

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    Heart of downtown Franklin: Pickin' on the Square

    by etfromnc Updated Jun 24, 2006

    Every Saturday night from June through October, there is a free concert at the gazebo on Main Street in the center of Franklin. The type of music varies from week to week, and even within the same night, but it is usually well worth your time, plus you get to see much of the population of Macon County. Although there is no stated theme for the event, as its name implies, it tends toward mountain, down-home, country, and/or Bluegrass music featuring lots of stringed instruments, although I once heard a violin concerto.

    Bring your own lawn chair, or you can rent one for a dollar.

    Dress Code: Mountain casual, but you may want to bring a light sweater or jacket as it can get cool after sundown.

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Franklin Shopping

  • "North Carolina's LARGEST Antique Mall"

    That opening line is their description. I am not able to confirmnor deny their claim, but they do have 117,000 square feet of antiques and other shops and an area where artisans are currently making and displaying wares which may someday be treasured antiques and a full service RV park which will accomodate up to 19 RVs with electricity, water,...

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  • Books

    Not a huge store but it is packed to the ceiling with both new and used books and a smattering of other media. The thing that really caught me was, that like most of the other places that I visited in Franklin, everyone was so cordial and wanted to be helpful. I asked about a book that they did not have in stock and they offered to order it for me...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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    There were so many places to...

    by mcharlton Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Favorite thing: There were so many places to go treking outside of Franklin.

    Fondest memory: My husband and I could not get enough of trails and treking. We spotted so many different varieties of birds, plants and animals.

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