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Take a closer look at everything Franklin has to offer, from the family-friendly gem mining that earned us our title, to outdoor gear shops, ghost tours, museums, food trucks, and our own local breweries.

Currahee Brewing Company

Looking for a great craft beer and a brewery infused with military pride and history? Currahee Brewing Company boasts both. This 9,000-square-foot production and canning facility opened its doors in 2016, and is named for the motto of the 506th Infantry Regiment – made famous by their acts of courage as the “Stand Alone Battalion” and featured in the HBO special Band of Brothers.

Currahee Brewing Company was built with beer aficionados in mind, with its nearly 2,000-square-foot tasting room and outdoor, German-inspired biergarten that overlooks the beautiful Little Tennessee River. And if you’re hungry, Mountain Fresh Grocery from Highlands, NC, is ever present via their Food Trailer, with offerings to uniquely complement our in-house beer selection.

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The Lazy Hiker

The Lazy Hiker Brewing Company truly embraces Franklin’s nature as a wayside community to the Appalachian Trail and a multitude of other hiking attractions. Deeply rooted in Franklin’s own unique personality and history, the mirco-brewery is located in the former Town Hall and Fire Department.

Take a seat inside at the bar, tables, or lounge area, and feel free to explore the biergarten outside. You might find yourself sharing old stories with new friends, or playing a game of giant Jenga – however you while away the time, you’ll find it easy to kick your feet up and enjoy the varied tastes of the Hiker’s craft beer. The Lazy Hiker is also a popular location for local food trucks, which take turns occupying the parking lot as the brewery’s featured cuisine counterpart.

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Outdoor 76

Ready to gear up with your outdoor apparel and footwear to hit the hiking trails? Outdoor 76 is an outdoor lifestyle shop manned by specialists who are committed to excellence in sales, service and selection for your outdoor lifestyle needs. What do we mean by specialists? Try a staff made up exclusively of outdoor enthusiasts who have spent years hiking, paddling, climbing, cycling, camping and fishing the mountains of Western North Carolina.

Anything you’d expect from a full-service outfitter can easily be found at Outdoor 76. The shop features an incredible selection of men's and women's clothing and shoes, tents, backpacks, sleeping bags, fly fishing waders, flies, rods, reels, cookware, stoves, and a full rental fleet of canoes and kayaks.

Plus, if you’ve just come off a literal mountaintop experience, what better way to celebrate than with a craft beer at Rock Creek Lodge, the taproom in the back of Outdoor 76? Chat with other nature enthusiasts while enjoying some of the best draft beers Western NC has to offer.

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Museums

You might not think that Franklin would have such a rich and busy history from experiencing our quiet, laid back way of life, but the lives that have touched our town have given us plenty to fill several history museums with! If you are a history enthusiast, you’ll love the various museums Franklin has to offer.

Franklin is deeply rooted in its Scottish heritage. Our Scottish Heritage Museum is full of weapons, kilts, tartans, and stories of our forefathers from across the sea. Our Historical Society and Heritage Museum will weave the tales of our past around you, bringing our stories from yesterday and beyond back to life.

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Where Shadows Walk

Franklin is a beautiful town by day and by night, but something turns in the air when the shadows fall in the valley. Our town is home to its fair share of ghost stories and haunted history, and the masterful storytellers at Where Shadows Walk Tours can make those terrifying tales come to life before your eyes!

Where Shadows Walk offers a wide variety of tours, from family-friendly to adults only, and the tour guides are all specialists in the supernatural. With a depth of knowledge and a knack for words, the guides will spin you along through Franklin’s haunted tours in an experience you won’t soon forget. From the Moonshine and Murder tour to the Woodlawn Cemetery tours, there’s sure to be something that sends pinpricks down your spine!

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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Free Hiker Breakfast

    March 28, 2017
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    March 31, 2017
  • Thru-Hiker Chow Down

    April 1, 2017

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