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Nantahala National Forest

The Nantahala National Forest encompasses more than a half-million acres of pristine woodlands. Elevations from a high of 5,800 feet to a low of 1,200

Franklin, NC Parks


Rose Creek Mine

Find enriched and native gems including ruby, sapphire, garnet, amethyst, citrine, moonstone, topaz, smoky & rose quartz and more! All equipment is provided and we help beginners. Admission includes first bucket, $2

Franklin, NC Pioneer History



Things to do Museums near Franklin, NC

Colburn Earth Science Museum

The Colburn Earth Science Museum fosters an appreciation of the Earth and its mineral resources through exhibits, educational...

Mountain Gateway Museum

Displays showcase mountain lifestyle and history from the earliest original inhabitants through the settlement period and int...

Mountain Heritage Center

The permanent exhibition features the 18th century migration of the Scotch-Irish to the New World where they settled across W...

Cherokee Heritage Museum

Located at Saunooke Village, the Museum highlights Cherokee's past through displays of art and cultural items such as masks, ...

Cherokee County Historical Museum

Reflects the life of the Cherokee Indian during the time of the Cherokee nation and the removal along the Trail of Tears to O...