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DINING IN THE AREA
Franklin offers many varied food establishments from Fine Dining, Thai, Chinese and Japanese, Health Food, Italian, Mexican, Country, Cajun, Barbeque, Seafood, Pizza and Fast Food.  Blaine House offers sample menus to some of the restaurants and food establishments.
Restaurants and Food Establishments
GEM MINES
Lots of gem mines for those who want to strike it rich! Gem mining has been a favorite activity for visitors to the Franklin area for years. most mines are open from spring through autumn.
Mason Mountain Mine

Rose Creek Mine
Mason's Ruby & Sapphire Mine
Cherokee Ruby and Sapphire Mine
Sheffield Mine

Cowee Mtn. Ruby Mine

We are the Mines?.... Click here for MAP of Mines

ADVENTURE AMERICA ZIPLINE CANOPY TOURS!
Chattooga Ridge Canopy Tours A Zip Through the Trees & Over Academy Lake !  Enjoy a soaring and gliding experience naturally fueled by a gradual elevation change. It takes limited energy to participate and is not designed to scare with big drops as much as excite with smooth gliding. 
Wildwater Zipline Canopy Tours
WHITEWATER RIVER RAFTING!
White water rafting or kayaking are available on the famous Nantahala and Ocoee Rivers. Other area streams including the Little Tennessee River are perfect for Canoeing & Tubing. Area Outfitters can accommodate large and small groups, beginners and aces. Wildwater Rafting LTD.
Links:
Nanatahala Outdoor Center
Rolling Thunder River Company
Wildwater Rafting LTD.
FISHING IN THE MOUNTAINS!
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Nantahala National Forest offer hundreds of miles of spectacularly clear streams and lakes providing the most diverse fishing habitats in the world where you'll find smallmouth & largemouth bass or rainbow & brown trout.
Great Smokey Mountain Fish Camp
MUSEUMS!
Franklin has several museums to offer visitors.  Located downtown is the Franklin Gem & Mineral Museum, Macon County Historical Museum, Ruby City Gem Museum, and the Scottish Tartans Museum. 
Museum Information
DEBS CATS N QUILTS!
Deb's love for quilts and a love for cats led to combining the two into an article for "Quilt" magazine entitled "Everything I Know About Quilting I Learned From My Cats."   That article had such a tremendous response, that the concept became a very special business.  Deb's Cats N Quilts carries a variety of items including first quality fabrics such as, Moda, Marcus Brothers Civil War and 30's repro, Thimbleberries and more, sewing, quilting and cat themed gift items.  The shop is located at 106 W. Palmer St., Franklin, North Carolina. 
Debs Cats N Quilts Website
WHISTLE STOP MALL!
The most unique shopping experience under one roof in Western North Carolina. Established in late 1999, the mall accommodates 14 Retail Stores, 60,000 square feet of antiques, 17,000 square feet of hand-made crafts in the Artisans and restaurants. 
Whistle Stop Mall
BEAUTIFUL WATERFALLS!
There many scenic waterfalls in Southwestern North Carolina, including areas of the Nantahala National Forest, Pisgah National Forest and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 
Waterfall Information

We are the Waterfalls?....Map to Area Waterfalls
THE GREENWAY!
The Little Tennessee River Greenway is one of more than a thousand such trails snaking their way across America turning old canals, abandoned rail beds and forgotten riverbanks into green recreational corridors.
Links:
Frog Quarters
 
FONTANA LAKE!
Fontana Lake has been called the best-kept secret in the mountains.  Its deep, cold waters provide the ideal habitat for a variety of fish.  Fontana Lake is unique in many ways. Unlike most lakes in the area, shoreline development has been kept to a minimum. More than 90 percent of the land around the Lake is owned by either the National Park Service or the US Forest Service. 
Fontana
THE CHEROKEE!
Come experience 11,0000 years of history, culture and art deep in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains.  The Cherokees in Western North Carolina today descend from those who were able to hold on to land they owned, those who hid in the hills, defying removal, and others who returned, many on foot. Gradually and with great effort, they have created a vibrant society a sovereign nation of 100 square miles where people in touch with their past and alive to the present preserve timeless ways and wisdom. 
Harrah's Cherokee Casino
Cherokee Indian Reservation
THE BILTMORE ESTATE!
Four of the most fascinating acres at Biltmore Estate are all under one roof.  America's largest home boasts 250 rooms, 65 fireplaces, an indoor pool, bowling alley, priceless art and antiques. 
Biltmore Estate
THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL!
No matter whether youíre a novice hiker or veteran ridge-runner, the Appalachian Trail offers unparalleled opportunities to explore, experience and connect with nature.  Whether you hike the Appalachian Trail for an afternoon, a weekend, or a season, a little planning will go a long way in ensuring your hike is enjoyable and safe. 
Appalachian Trail
 
GOLF IN THE MOUNTAINS!
Pack your golf clubs and your golf shoes and plan on hitting the greens early.  Give the Franklin Golf Course or Mill Creek Country Club a try, with our wonderfully mild weather
there are few times when you will have the course to yourself.  For information click here: Golf in North Carolina
HORSEBACK RIDING IN THE MOUNTAINS!
Enjoy a peaceful view of the Great Smoky Mountains on the back of experienced mountain trail horses. There are natural beautiful horseback riding trails inside the Nantahala National Forest.
Chunky Gal Stables
MOUNTAIN BIKING!
Western North Carolina's mountains contain some of the best mountain biking to be found--anywhere. Gravel roads that wind along lazy streams through forested valleys, or trails that climb up steep mountainsides; trails that cross 5,000 foot mountain peaks or single-track that traverses long, narrow ridgelines--all can be found within the boundaries of the Old North State. Whatever you're looking for, be it a gentle cruise to a beautiful picnic spot, or a rugged descent on technical single-track, you've chosen a great place to experience it all. 
Smoky Mountain Bikes
BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY!
A drive down the Blue Ridge Parkway is meant to be slow paced and relaxing. New varieties of wildflowers pop up almost daily in May. The Parkway meanders 469 miles between Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks. We invite you to explore the many communities along the way that make our region so special. Enjoy the view, but watch the road! 
Blue Ridge Parkway
TAIL OF THE DRAGON!
The Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap, with 318 curves in 11 miles, is America ís number one motorcycle and sports car road.
Tail of the Dragon
 

 


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