The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

The Online Version of the Best-selling Regional Guidebook
 

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Nikwasi Indian mound in Franklin NC  Macon County Airport  Cullasaja Falls near Franklin NC  Downtown Franklin NC  Scene from Pumpinfest in downtown Franklin NC

Franklin, North Carolina

Known as the “Gem of the Smokies,” Franklin NC is the county seat of Macon County and is next to the Little Tennessee River. Settled in the early 1800's, much of the land around Franklin is still unspoiled wilderness, making the town an excellent stopping-off point if your destination is the outdoors. In fact, nearlFranklin Main Street Programy half of Macon County lies within the Nantahala National Forest which is comprised of over a half-million acres of unspoiled beauty. Franklin is also situated between two popular scenic gorges, the Cullasaja and the Nantahala. In its rush downhill the Cullasaja takes some spectacular spills, creating lower Cullasaja Falls with a drop of 250 feet. Dry Falls is a favorite with visitors who can actually walk behind the roaring 75 foot wall of water.
   The Franklin area is also famous for its many gem mines, with rubies, sapphires and garnets the major gemstones found. The area is so important as a gem hunting region that it has earned the name "Gem Capital of the World". In September, the Macon County Fair, the state’s only true agricultural fair, is held here and in October, Scottish Heritage Week brings to life traditional concerts, lectures and highland games. Franklin is also home to the regional Macon County Airport, one of the few airports in the mountains.

 

Resources
City Website: Franklin
: Town Hall, 188 West Main Street, Franklin NC 28744, 828-524-2516
Facebook: Franklin
Location:
Western Mountains, 2 hours west of Asheville
County:
Macon County: County Offices, 5 West Main Street, Franklin NC 28734; 828-349-2025

Elevation & Population:
1,900 feet, 3,000+
Visitor/Welcome Center: Franklin Chamber of Commerce
425 Porter Street, Franklin NC 28734; 828-524-3161
City Chamber of Commerce: Franklin Chamber of Commerce
425 Porter Street, Franklin NC 28734; 828-524-3161
Newspaper: The Franklin Press  40 Depot Street, Franklin NC 28744  828-524-2010
Movie Theatres: Ruby Cinemas, 2097 Georgia Road, Franklin NC 28734; 828-524-2076
High School: Franklin High School, 100 Panther Drive, Franklin NC 28734; 828-524-6467
Colleges and Universities:  Southwestern Community College
, 44 Siler Farm Road, Franklin NC 28734; 800-447-4091

Hospitals: Angel Medical Center, 120 Riverview Street, Franklin NC 28734; 828-524-8411
Area Major Festivals: Annual Franklin Folk Festival (August) Macon County Fair (September), Macon County Gemboree (July), Pumpkinfest (October), Window Wonderland (December)
Area Natural Attractions: Appalachian Scenic National Trail, Fontana Lake, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, Nantahala National Forest, Waterfalls in Western North Carolina
Area Cultural Attractions: Franklin Gem & Mineral Museum, Macon County Historical Society & Museum Perry's Water Gardens, Ruby City Gems Museum, Scottish Tartans Museum



Real Estate  

Fine Dining in Western North Carolina
Dining
Fine Dining
The Restaurant at Mill Creek Resort & Country Club: (American) 345 Country Club Road, Franklin NC 28734; 828-349-0402

Casual & Family Dining
Fatz Cafe: (American) 107 Sawmill Village Lane, Franklin NC 28734; 828-524-5265
Huddle House: (American)  US 441 South, Franklin NC 28734; 828-

Shoney's: (American) 1000 Georgia Road, Franklin NC 28734; 828-349-0290
Sunset Restaurant: (Country-American) 498 Harrison Avenue, Franklin NC 28734; 828-524-4842

Overseas & Exotic
Fat Buddies: (BBQ) 311 Westgate Plaza, Franklin NC 28734; 828-349-4743
Stamey's Cafe: (BBQ) 1111 East Main Street, Franklin NC 28734; 828-524-8198


Cafes & Grills
Gazebo Creekside Cafe: (Cafe) 44 Heritage Hollow Drive, Franklin NC 28734; 828-524-8783
Motor Company Grill: (Grill) 86 West Main Street, Franklin NC 28734; 828-524-0099

Mulligan's Sports Bar & Grill: (Grill) 579 Depot Street, Franklin NC 28734; 828-349-3183

Pizza
Little Caesar's: (Pizza) 300 Westgate Plaza, Franklin NC 28734; 828-368-3617

Inn on Biltmore Estate, Asheville NC
Accommodations
Resorts
Mill Creek Resort & Country Club: (Resort-Rentals) 341 Country Club Drive, Franklin NC 28744; 800-533-3916

Bed & Breakfasts
Buttonwood Inn Bed & Breakfast: (B&B) 50 Admiral Drive, Franklin NC 28734; 888-368-8985
Heritage Inn: (B&B) 43 Heritage Hollow Drive, Franklin NC 28734; 828-524-4150
Oak Hill Country Inn Bed & Breakfast: (B&B) 1689 Old Murphy Road, Franklin NC 28734; 800-587-6374

Motels
Carolina Motel: (Motel) 2601 Georgia Road, Franklin NC 28734; 828-524-3380
Colonial Inn: (Motel) 3157 Georgia Road, Franklin NC 28734; 828-524-6600
Comfort Inn: (Motel) 313 Cunningham Road, Franklin NC 28734; 828-369-9200
Days Inn
: (Motel) 1320 East Main Street, Franklin NC 28734; 800-329-7466
Hampton Inn: (Motel) 244 Cunningham Road, Franklin NC 28734; 800-426-7866

Haven's Budget Inn: (Motel) 433 East Palmer Street, Franklin NC 28734; 828-524-4403
Microtel Inns & Suites: (Motel) 81 Allman Drive, Franklin NC 28734; 888-403-1700

Sapphire Inn: (Motel) 761 East Main Street, Franklin NC 28734; 800-401-0072

Cabins, Cottages & Chalets
Big Bear Log Cabins: (Cabins) Bruin Ridge Trail, Franklin NC 28734; 866-349-0099
Oak Grove Cabins: (Cabins) 9835 Bryson City Road, Franklin NC 28734; 828-369-0166
Pines RV Park & Cabins: (Cabins) 4724 Murphy Road, Franklin NC 28734; 828-524-4490
Rose Creek Campground & Cabins: (Cabins) 140 Terrace Ridge Drive, Franklin NC 28734; 828-524-3225
Sleepy Hollow Mountain Cabins: (Cabins) 130 Sleepy Hollow Lane, Franklin NC 28734; 877-682-8850
Wayah Creek Cottages & Gardens: (Cabins, Cottages) 26 Wayah Way, Franklin NC 28734; 800-559-8280


Campgrounds
Country Woods RV Park: (RV Campground) 2887 Georgia Road, Franklin NC 28734; 828-524-4339
Cullasaja River RV Park: (RV Campground) 6269 Highlands Road, Franklin NC 28734; 800-843-2795
Franklin  RV Park & Campground: (RV Campground) 230 Old Addington Bridge Road, Franklin NC 28734; 828-349-6200
Great Smokey Mountain Fish Camp & Safaris: (Campground) 136 Bennett Road, Franklin NC 28734; 828-369-5295

Old Corundum Millsite Campground: (Campground) 80 Nickajack Road Lot 33, Franklin NC 28734; 828-524-4663
Pines RV Park & Cabins: (RV Campground) 4724 Murphy Road, Franklin NC 28734; 828-524-4490
Rose Creek Campground & Cabins: (Campground, RV Campground) 140 Terrace Ridge Drive, Franklin NC 28734; 828-524-3225
The Great Outdoors RV Resort: (RV Campground) 321 Thumpers Trail, Franklin NC 28734; 828-349-0412


Rental Agencies
Bates Cabins: (Rentals) 129 Macs Mountain Retreat Lane, Franklin NC 28734; 828-342-7764
Carolina Cabin Rental: (Rentals) 144 Deer Crossing Road, Franklin NC 28734; 28734; 800-820-1210

Franklin Home Store: (Rentals) 436 High Brace Road, Franklin NC 28734; 877-240-2723
Franklin Golf Rentals: (Golf Rentals in Mill Creek Country Club) 184 Fairview Drive, Franklin NC 28734; 828-371-1646
Rest in the Mountains: (Rentals) 1789 Georgia Road, Franklin NC 28734; 800-499-9310

 

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