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The mountains and valleys of Western North Carolina offer breathtaking beauty and plenty of opportunities for relaxation, adventure and fun. Right at the center of all the fun things to do in the NC mountains you’ll discover Franklin, a charming town that is the perfect destination for a romantic getaways, camping trips, family vacations or weekend getaways.

Biking
Taking to the roads and trails around Franklin, NC via bicycle is a very popular form of recreation. You'll find the winding roads and scenic vistas make for a great day of adventure on the back-roads of the area.
Fishing
The streams surrounding Franklin, NC offer some of the best trout fishing you'll find anywhere.
Gem Mining
Franklin, NC is known as the “Gem Capital of the World” for good reason. Gem mining in Franklin has a rich tradition, with native rubies and sapphires, both members of the corundum family, having been mined for years in the historic Cowee Valley.
Hiking
If you have a love of the outdoors, try hiking near Franklin, NC at one of the many mountain trails that are close by. You’ll discover nature at its best, with spectacular views, hundreds of species of wildflowers, hidden waterfalls, and wildlife.
More Outdoors
Discover a host of outdoor activities in Franklin, NC for the whole family. From fishing and hiking in Franklin, NC, to whitewater rafting for all skill levels, and scenic drives along waterfall studded gorges, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Motorcycling
If you are a motorcycle enthusiast, Franklin is the perfect playground for breathtaking motorcycle rides in NC. Take in the mountain air and enjoy the scenic splendor of the area.
Scenic Drives
Taking in the scenic beauty of the Franklin, NC area is a must when you visit. Experience every season’s unique beauty with breathtaking mountain vistas and fantastic waterfalls.
Tours
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.
Waterfalls
No visit to Franklin would be complete without visiting the area waterfalls in the NC Mountains. East of Franklin, NC, on US 64 is a deep gorge created by the Cullasaja River. Three major waterfalls grace this route: Bridal Veil Falls, Dry Falls, and Cullasaja Falls.

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