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Wayah Bald Lookout Tower ©
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Wayah Bald Lookout Tower
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Fishing Charters & Tours
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Duration: 2 hours
Rose Creek Mine ©
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Rose Creek Mine
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Duration: 2 hours
Old Cardinal Gem Mine ©
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Old Cardinal Gem Mine
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Franklin is a town in Franklin Township, Macon County, North Carolina, United States, within the Nantahala National Forest. The population was 3,845 as of the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Macon County. Franklin is an official Appalachian Trail-friendly destination. The Franklin area is rich in gems and minerals and is known locally as the "Gem Capital of The World."HistoryCherokee influenceLong before the first European settlers arrived to the mountains of southwestern North Carolina, they were home to the Cherokee Indian Nation. In a valley surrounded by some of the oldest mountains on earth, the Cherokee called the area that is now Franklin, "Nikwasi" or "center of activity". Nikwasi was an ancient and important Cherokee town. The remains of Nikwasi Mound are still visible in downtown Franklin, marking the location of Nikwasi's townhouse.While the mound was probably built during the earlier Mississippian Culture, it was the spiritual center of the area. A Council House, or Town House, used for councils, religious ceremonies, and general meetings, was located on top the mound, and the ever-burning sacred fire, which the Cherokee had kept burning since the beginning of their culture, was located there. Thus the mound was a most revered site.IncorporationThe city was named for Jesse Franklin, one of two state commissioners who surveyed and organized the town in 1820 as the county seat for what would become Macon County in 1828. Jesse Franklin served North Carolina as a senator and as its 20th governor. The city of Franklin was not formally incorporated until 1855. Plan your holiday in Franklin and other destinations, from the rural, to the urban, and everything in between, using our United States journey builder.

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River Rafting / Tubing
River Rafting & Tubing Bryson City
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Cades Cove ©
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Cades Cove Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Anna Ruby Falls ©
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Anna Ruby Falls Helen
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Popular things to do in Franklin

Bartram Trail
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Bartram Trail
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Duration: 2h 30 min
Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum ©
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Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Mason's Ruby & Sapphire Mine ©
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Mason's Ruby & Sapphire Mine
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Pickens Nose ©
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Pickens Nose
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Shopping in Franklin

Cowee Gift Shop & Mason Mountain Mine ©
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Cowee Gift Shop & Mason Mountain Mine
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Duration: 2 hours
Outdoor 76 ©
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Outdoor 76
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Duration: 2 hours
Ruby City Gems & Minerals ©
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Ruby City Gems & Minerals
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Whistle Stop Mall ©
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Whistle Stop Mall
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Duration: 2 hours

Nature in Franklin

Big Laurel Falls ©
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Big Laurel Falls
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Duration: 2 hours
Rufus Morgan Falls
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Rufus Morgan Falls
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Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Franklin

Macon County Historical Society and Museum ©
History Museum
Macon County Historical Society and Museum
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Scottish Tartans Musuem ©
Specialty Museum
Scottish Tartans Musuem
4.1
Duration: 2 hours

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