Things to Do

Often visitors coming to our area ask for attractions and interesting side trips.
Below you will find a variety of things to do while enjoying our beautiful mountains.

Immediate Franklin Area:

  • Wayah Bald - Breathtaking View! From the fire tower, you can see 3 states!
    Restrooms available.

  • Cliffside Lake - Located off 64 East, between Franklin and Highlands.
    This lovely park National Forrest, offers fishing - fishing license required.
    A recreation area for picnicking and barbecuing, swimming, nature walk, covered area with snack machines and restrooms available.

  • Waterfalls - On 64 East (heading from Franklin towards Highlands) are magnificent
    waterfalls including:

  • Bowling And Skating - Franklin Lanes And Franklin Skateway - also has miniature golf.

  • Gem Mining - Some located on 441 North and also some original mines in the
    Cowee Valley area.

  • The Factory - A 56,000 sq. ft. area of amusements plus 3 restaurants, including batting cages, a trampoline, arcade games, 10 bowling lanes, two go-cart tracks, 2 miniature golf courses, a carousel and several kid-friendly play areas. By November 2003, there will be Q-Zar laser tag area and virtual reality simulator. No smoking and no alcohol allowed on the premises.

  • Golf - One 18 hole, two 9 hole, and a par 3 with driving range.

  • Macon County Recreation Park - On 441 South, offers pool, tennis courts, walking trail, basketball courts, ball fields, batting cages, new playground equipment, and picnic tables, restrooms available.

  • Franklin High School Track - Located about a block south of Prudential office,
    has a rubberized track and is open to the public.

  • Shopping - Many antique shops and craft shops, including our new Whistle Stop Mall, which houses loads of antique booths, as well as numerous retail shops.

  • Wal-Mart, Kmart, and several chain grocery stores.

  • Dining Out - Franklin has many fast food restaurants, as well as a variety of upscale restaurants.

  • Perry's Water Garden - Large aquatic plant nursery. A beautiful place to visit.

  • Horseback Riding - stables in the area.

  • Museums:

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