Franklin, North Carolina - East of the Western North Carolina Smoky Mountains

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Franklin, NC - North Carolina Mountain Vacations

Located within the Nantahala National Forest, Franklin lies in Macon County between Almond and Highlands, North Carolina. The town of Franklin sits along Highway 28 near the Cullasaja River Gorge, the Scaly Mountain Ski Area and right on the banks of the Little Tennessee River. Most will tell you that Franklin is known for its gem mines, but its history, and the natural beauty of the surrounding mountains are also factors in turning this town into a local destination.

Approximately 3,300 permanent citizens call Franklin their home, but during the spring, summer, and fall seasons the population nearly doubles due to the town's regional climate and beautiful scenery. The town's geographical position ensures that Franklin enjoys a wealth of cool summer nights and mild winters.

REAL ESTATE

Preferred Properties of Franklin
91 Georgia Road
Franklin, NC 28734
Phone: 828-349-4663
Preferred Properties of Franklin bills itself as Western North Carolina's premier real estate company. They offer a wide variety of commercial properties, residential homes, vacation rental properties, and undeveloped land.

Prudential Markham Bankston McGaha
144 Porter Street
Franklin, NC 28734
Phone: 828-524-8088
Prudential will take care of all your real estate needs – residential, commercial, land; this full service real estate company also handles beautiful North Carolina vacation cottages.

RE/MAX in the Mountains
480 Harrison Avenue
Franklin, NC 28717
Phone: 828-524-2366
Remax in the Mountains specializes in selling homes in Cashier, Franklin, and Highlands. They are a full service real estate company that offers a wide selection of beautiful and custom homes to fit any budget.

SHOPPING

Ann's Needle & Hook Depot
495 Depot Street
Franklin, NC 28744
Phone: 828-524-9040
Ann's Needle & Hook Depot have all the fabrics, supplies, and tools you need for activities such as doll making, rug making, and quilting at this quaint craft and hobby supply store.

Friendly Village Antique Mall
268 East Palmer Street
Franklin, NC 28734
Phone: 828-524-8200
Antique furniture, glassware, fine jewelry, lamps, pottery, and toys are among the collectibles that one can find at the Friendly Village Antique Mall.

ATTRACTIONS

Cullasaja Falls
US 63 East
If you're ever traveling via the Mountain Water Scenic Byway, you're bound to stumble upon Cullasaja Falls. This exquisite waterfall is located on the Cullasja River at the lower part of the Cullasaja Gorge and cascades for 250 feet over picturesque moss-covered stones.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the most popular undisturbed natural areas in all of North America. This half million acre park contains many of the largest mountain peaks in the eastern US and numerous species of wildlife call this region home. Most travelers pressed for time simply take auto tours of the park. Of the myriad of other activities offered, visitors can hike the many trails located throughout the park, go horseback riding, and fish the numerous mountain streams.

Wayah Bald
Wayah Bald Rd
Franklin, NC
Phone: 828-524-3161
At Wayah Bald, guests can get mountain views of four states from Wayah's observation tower.

DINING

The Hidden Gem
24 Iotla Street
Franklin, NC 28734
Phone: 828-369-0575
Originally known as "The Chef & His Wife," The Hidden Gem is a unique American grill located behind the courthouse in Franklin and open daily for lunch and dinner. Enjoy the classic American favorites you grew up with and still love today!

Fortune House Restaurant
305 Highlands Road
Franklin, NC 28734
Phone: 828-524-2804
Specializing in sumptuous Chinese fare, the Fortune House Restaurant offers a wide range of authentic Chinese dishes in a relaxing, casual atmosphere.

Lucio's Italian Restaurant
313 Highlands Road
Franklin, NC 28734
Phone: 828-369-6670
Lucio's Italian Restaurant features an array of authentic, traditional Italian dishes in an elegant, yet casual setting. Lucio's is also home to some of the best wines in the area – a great complement to any meal.

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