The Gem of the Smokies –
Franklin & Lake Nantahala, North Carolina
Looking for Exciting Adventures or a Relaxing Vacation? Franklin & Lake Nantahala, in Western North Carolina have your covered! Visit us for a refreshing change of pace and a relaxing atmosphere where you can enjoy the simple pleasures of our tranquil mountains.
Come to Franklin where Southern hospitality, beautiful scenery, outdoor recreation and history are a way of life. Enjoy hiking, fishing, exploring, gem mining and beautiful scenic drives.
Escape the busy city life and relax in the quiet mountain air in Franklin & at Nantahala Lake. Discover this beautiful and peaceful side of the Smokies.
Looking for EXCITING ADVENTURES…we’ve got you covered! Visit a Trout Farm where you can catch your trout for dinner or try fly fishing. Take a mountain bike ride on mapped routes. Soar above the trees with a ziplining experience. Hike to the top of a mountain where you can see for miles in all directions. Conquer the rapids in a kayak or raft.
Known as the “Gem Capital of the World,” Franklin has ten gem mines that are open to the public. Find gemstones and have your own special piece of jewelry made from the treasures you mined.
Looking for a more RELAXING vacation…we’ve got you covered! Rent a mountain cottage and relax by the fireplace or on the porch overlooking beautiful mountain scenery. Take a walk along the Little Tennessee River – a great walk for birdwatching, wildflowers and stress relief. See the many beautiful waterfalls in the area.
Enjoy quiet solitude and peaceful sleep. Wake up refreshed and relaxed for another day of exploration and adventure.
Rent a pontoon boat for a relaxing day on pristine Lake Nantahala – the 2nd highest lake elevation east of the Mississippi.
Join us for the perfect viewing of the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse on August 21 for two and a half minutes of total darkness.
Franklin and Nantahala, North Carolina