Macon County is nestled on the tip of the Nantahala National Forest in the Southern Appalachians and is home to some of the most unique outdoor experiences in the Southern United States. From its dozens of hiking trails and miles of river to its mountains full of pristine waterfalls, Franklin, North Carolina is the perfect spot to spend this Spring Break.
Dive into Macon County History
Spend your spring break learning the ins and outs of North Carolina History at the Cowee Heritage and Arts Center, located at the old Cowee School building. You can also check out Main Street’s three museums: the Historical Society, The Franklin Gem and Mineral Society, and the Scottish Tartans Museum.
Hike to Pickens Nose
Meander through a stunning rhododendron forest to reach exceptional views from a craggy summit. The Pickens Nose Trail is an easy, short hike that’s fun for the whole family. Peer into the Southern Nantahala Wilderness to the North, West, and South into Georgia from different clearings and rock outcroppings along the route.
Float the Little Tennessee
Rent a paddle board from any of the several outdoor supply shops in town or pack your own because the Little Tennessee River is the perfect river for a day long floating trip. The river rises in the Blue Ridge Mountains and floors through the mountains past Dillard, GA before joining the Cullasaja River in Franklin. With miles of river and various put in and take out points in Franklin, a full day floating, paddling, or kayaking is an excellent way to celebrate Spring.
Hike the Appalachian Trail
The most famous hiking trail in the country sits just a few miles up the road from Franklin and makes for the perfect Spring Break adventure. Macon County hosts 47 miles of the A.T., and Franklin sits 110 miles north of Springer Mountain, the trail’s southern starting point. Franklin has long been very supportive of the Appalachian Trail and is designated as an official Appalachian Trail Community.
Go Chasing Waterfalls
Macon County and Franklin are home to some of the southeastern United States’ most breathtaking waterfalls. Cullasaja Falls, just 11 mi. east from Franklin, and Dry Falls, located between Franklin and Highlands, are just two of the dozen other cascading treasures in the area. Exploring the waterfalls is the perfect way to let loose and get in touch with nature this Spring Break!