Other Things to See and Do in Franklin, N.C.

Scottish Tartans Museum & Heritage Center
86 East Main St. Franklin NC 28734
828 524-7472

  • Walk to the base of Nikwasi Mound to experience its size
  • Hike the banks of the Little Tennessee River near former Cherokee villages along the NP&L Greenway
  • Drive Rt. 28 north past kaolin clay deposits mined by Wedgewood, into the ruby mining areas of Cowee Valley, site of a large Cherokee village until 1820.
  • Picnic and camp at Standing Indian’s White Oak Bottoms (US Forest Service) and hike miles of trails, including the Appalachian Trail.
  • Climb the old rock observation tower at Wayah Bald (over 5500 feet) for a panoramic view of the Smokies, Blue Ridge, and Nantahala Mountains.
  • Take Rt. 64 (Scenic Byway) east to Highlands, through the Cullasaja Gorge, a N.C. Natural Heritage Area, to experience Cullasaja Falls, Dry Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls.

Insider Tidbits

  • Stop at Spring Ridge Creamery on Hwy 441 South about ten miles south of Franklin to see the fields and hills where the first Battle of Etchoe started in 1760. Enjoy their picnic tables and hand-dipped ice cream.
  • The Traditional Music Trail of the Blue Ridge Heritage Initiative includes “Pickin’ on the Square” a series of free concerts in downtown Franklin every Saturday night May–October.
  • For Southern Country cooking, try the Sunset Restaurant on Harrison Ave. and Ms. Lois’ in the shopping center at the intersection of Main Street and Rt. 64/28 south.


  • Scottish Tartans Museum Store
  • Ruby City (for gems and more)

New! Cowee- West’s Mill National Register Historic District

  • 370 acres in beautiful Cowee Valley includes

Parks and Resources

Smoky Mountain Host Visitors Center
(On Rt. 441 4 miles south of Franklin)
1 800 432-HOST

Franklin Chamber of Commerce
877 254-BLUE

New National Heritage District: Cowee and West Mill