Area Information

Great Smoky Mountain National Park – Ridge upon ridge of forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. World renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, this is America’s most visited national park. 
Blue Ridge Parkway – Outstanding scenery and recreational opportunities make the Blue Ridge Parkway one of the most visited sections of the National Park System. Split-rail fences, old farmsteads, mountain meadows and scenic overlooks with endless vistas make the Blue Ridge Parkway a popular attraction. 
Appalachian Trail – The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, generally known as the Appalachian Trail or simply the A.T., is a marked hiking trail in the eastern United States extending between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine. The trail is about 2,200 miles long, though the exact length changes over time as parts are modified or rerouted. The trail passes through 14 states.
Bartram Trail – Bartram Trail is multi-state designated a National Recreation Trail. The trail approximates the route of 18th century naturalist and explorer William Bartram through North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana.
Gem Mining – Gem mining has been a favorite activity for visitors to the Franklin area for years. As you read on you’ll discover our heritage as “Gem Capital of the World” as well as how to mine, what to look for as you mine and complete descriptions of active mines in the greater Franklin area!
Cherokee Reservation – A culture, a people, and a place that’s actually a sovereign nation, Cherokee is located right in the heart of Western North Carolina. It’s also base camp for hiking in the Great Smokies, arts and crafts shopping, native elk herd viewing, hours of fishing fun, and home to a history that spans millennia.
Nantahala Outdoor Center – Whitewater Rafting – Nantahala Outdoor Center is the nation’s largest outdoor recreation company. Over a million guests visit NOC annually to embark on a diverse collection of more than 120 different river and land-based itineraries.
Great Smoky Mountain Railroad – Scenic rail excursions take you from our historic depot in Bryson City, through the beautiful countryside of Western North Carolina. The variety of train options and special event trains makes this adventure perfect for making memories.
Cataloochee Ski Area – Cataloochee Ski Area is a ski area in the eastern United States in southwestern North Carolina, near Maggie Valley. With eighteen ski slopes and trails, approximately 44% are rated beginner, 39% intermediate, and 17% advanced.
Little Tennessee River – The Little Tennessee River is a vibrant and healthy mountain blueway. It has been a destination for outdoor enthusiasts for decades. Locals and visitors alike enjoy kayaking and canoeing the Little Tennessee. This is also a great river for fishing. The Little Tennessee is one of the best places for smallmouth bass fishing in the southeast. 
Mill Creek Country Club – Mountain views and an abundance of wildlife coupled with a welcoming family atmosphere – The Golf Club at Mill Creek is more than just golf course, it is an experience with nature. The Golf Club at Mill Creek is constantly improving and quickly becoming one of the premier golf destinations in Western North Carolina where nobody is a stranger, just a friend we haven’t met. 
Highlands North Carolina – Highlands has been a mountain respite for over a century allowing our visitors to unwind while being treated to the finest amenities. Highlands is one of the highest towns east of the Mississippi River, with an elevation at 4,118 feet. It’s also located in one of the few temperate rain forests in North America.
Nantahala National Forest – Mountains surpassing 5000 feet, cascading waterfalls, towering hardwood forests and whitewater foaming over the backs of boulders–these are the sights awaiting you in the Nantahala National Forest. Enjoy the panoramic views from Whiteside Mountain or Wayah Bald. A 2-mile loop trail to the top of the Whiteside cliffs, provides a spectacular view.


I have stayed in different places around Franklin, NC and this place is a remarkable cabin. We had three families meet up, and adults and children had a great time. The cabin is clean, roomy, easy to get to, and the pool table and hot tub downstairs were fun.
- Judy Lynch Renault