Things To Do in the Area

Discover all there is do in the mountains of Western North Carolina

The Hidden Gem is located just south of Franklin near Otto, NC and is located just a few minutes away from most of the areas attractions. From hiking and gem mining to waterfalls and great day trips, the Hidden Gem is a great place to relax after a day of exploring all there is do in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

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The Great Outdoors

The mountains around Franklin & Highlands are a favorite spot for those looking to unwind in the great outdoors. Hiking trails including the Appalachian Trail, Bartram Trail and hundreds of others line the mountains. Waterfalls, some hidden, are just waiting to be discovered. You can also enjoy time on the water with whitewater rafting, canoeing, fishing and tubing. Another favorite is biking, either mountain trails or along the areas roadways. You can also take a stroll a long Little Tennessee River Greenway which runs through Downtown Franklin.

Festivals, Concerts & More

Franklin, Highlands and Western North Carolina are known for their festivals. From the ever popular PumpkinFest in October to discovering Appalachian heritage through live demonstrations. Franklin is home to the Smoky Mtn. Center for the Performing Arts which showcases national recording artists throughout the year as well a theatrical productions. The Highlands Playhouse offers world-class theatre productions and features many different festivals throughout the year. There is always something to do in the the mountains of WNC!

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Gem Mining

Franklin is known as the "Gem Capital of the World" and for good reason. The many mines operating today give you an opportunity to discover native sapphire and ruby and many other gemstones that are native to this area. It is a fun family activity where you can pack a picnic, sit a long the flume line, and hopefully find the "big one".

Day Trips

The Hidden Gem Luxury Vacation Rental is a short drive from many day trip activities and is the perfect place to come back to relax after a day of exploring the area. Take a trip to Cataloochee to see the Elk. Discover America's largest private home at Biltmore, visit Cherokee and discover the area's Native American history or take a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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Other Helpful Information

You'll discover a wealth of activies in the mountains of Western North Carolina and even in Northeast Georgia. From great Shopping & Dining to Museums and more, you can use these helpful links to learn more about the area and the many leisure and fun things to do.

Town of Franklin Events
Franklin Chamber
Highlands Chamber
Smoky Mtn. Center for the Performing Arts

Hidden Gem Location

Hidden Gem Luxury Smoky Mountain Chalet Vacation Rental

The Hidden Gem Luxury Chalet vacation rental is located 5 miles from the NC/GA state line off U.S. Hwy 441 near Otto, NC, and just south of Franklin, NC. Directions to our home will be provided upon booking.

Distance to area Towns & Cities:
• Asheville - 1.5 Hours
• Atlanta - 2 Hours
• Franklin - 15 Minutes
• Highlands - 35 Minutes
• Cherokee - 50 Minutes