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Franklin, North Carolina - Gem Capital of the World

Population: 3940

Elevation: 2119

Incorporated in 1855

Franklin is famous for its Scottish heritage, Cherokee Heritage, and Gem Mining, especially Rubies

One of the favorite destinations for tourists is the Tartan Museum

Visitor's Info

Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce

Highlands Chamber of Commerce

Helen, Georgia Helen - White County Convention & Visitors Bureau

NC Wildlife Resource Commission

Blue Ridge - Smoky Mountain Highlander Guide to the Mountains

North Carolina's Smoky Mountains, Blue Ridge National Heritage Area

Southern Highroads Trail - Home

Fun & Adventure

Fun Factory in the Smokies - Crank Up Your Fun! Games, indoor miniature golf, a bowling alley, go carts, and several restaurants.

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Amazing scenic rides through the mountains

Mason Mountain Mine Go Mining for Rubies, Rhodolite, and other precious gems! This site is not seeded. It is a great day of fun for the family, and you you never know what you'll find.

Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours

Nantahala River Rafting Nantahala Rafting Nantahala Whitewater Rafting

Chattooga River Rafting, Whitewater Adventures With Southeastern Expeditions,Chattooga Rafting at its Best!

North Carolina Rafting, Tubing, Family Rafting - Tuckaseegee River Dillsboro River Company

Primitive Outback, Inc. Kayaking & Gem Mining

Ruby Cinemas

Ruby City Gems and Museum The largest Gem, Mineral, and Jewelry store in North Carolina, plus the machines and tools you need to transform rocks into jewelry.

They also have a unique museum--with everything from giant Brazilian amethyst geodes to fossilized dinosaur scat to an authentic shrunken head from a Pacific Island.

Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts Music and Other Performing Arts in Franklin

Tuckaseegee Outfitters

White Water Rafting Trips

Smoky Mountain Bicycles

Local Dining

Boiler Room Steak House Restaurant - Delicious Food, Family Friendly Atmosphere

Cajun Connection - Seafood Specialties

Fat Buddies Ribs and Barbecue

Local News

The Franklin Press One of our local newspapers

The Macon County News

Local Shopping

Gas Prices in Franklin North Carolina

Ingles Markets Weekly Ad Pages

Weekly Ad - BI-LO

Nantahala Meats - Taste of the Smokies

Business and Party Supplies

Spring Valley Nursery - Highlands Road - Macon County - Franklin, NC


Asheville Historic Trolley (White Trolley Line)

Biltmore Estate America 's Largest Home and More!

Gray Line Trolley - Asheville Trolley Tours

The Foxfire Project Dedicated to preserving Appalachian Heritage


Bryant Grant Funeral Home

Macon Funeral Home


Macon County Schools

Rabun Gap - Nacoochee School

Southwestern Community College

Trimont Christian Academy

Western Carolina University

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Contact: Bill Vernon (828) 524-0863