Area Information

Recreation in Western North Carolina

Cherokee Reservation – A culture, a people, and a place that’s actually a sovereign nation, Cherokee is located right in the heart of Western North Carolina. It’s also base camp for hiking in the Great Smokies, arts and crafts shopping, native elk herd viewing, hours of fishing fun, and home to a history that spans millennia.
Great Smoky Mountain Railroad – Scenic rail excursions take you from our historic depot in Bryson City, through the beautiful countryside of Western North Carolina. The variety of train options and special event trains makes this adventure perfect for making memories.
Cataloochee Ski Area – Cataloochee Ski Area is a ski area in the eastern United States in southwestern North Carolina, near Maggie Valley. With eighteen ski slopes and trails, approximately 44% are rated beginner, 39% intermediate, and 17% advanced.

Golf Courses in Western North Carolina

Mill Creek Country Club – Mountain views and an abundance of wildlife coupled with a welcoming family atmosphere – The Golf Club at Mill Creek is more than just golf course, it is an experience with nature. 341 Country Club Drive – Franklin, NC 28734 – Toll Free: (800) 533-3916 – Office: (828) 524-6458 
Cherokee Hills Golf Course – The 18-hole Cherokee Hills Golf & Country Club in Murphy, North Carolina is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1969. The course measures 6603 yards from the longest tees.  – 216 Club House Drive – Murphy, North Carolina 28906 – Phone: (828) 837-5853 – Fax: (828) 837-3152
Franklin Golf Course – Nestled in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. The convenient location, beautiful views, challenging course, and family atmosphere make Franklin Golf Course a great choice for golfers of all ages and skill levels. – 255 First Fairway Drive – Franklin, NC 28734 – Office: (828) 524-2288 – Fax: (828) 524-9608
Highlands North Carolina – There are many options for golf in the Highlands area.

Camp Grounds in Franklin North Carolina

Great Smoky Mtn. Fish Camp & Safaris – The beautiful camp and fishing grounds are located right on the Little Tennessee River in North Carolina. Visit from April 1st to November 1st for the best kayaking, tubing, camping, and fishing experience of a lifetime. – 136 Bennett Road – Franklin, NC 28734 – Office: (828) 369-5295 
Outside Inn Campground – Camp in vacation Paradise in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains of western North Carolina. Sites are level, spacious and big rig friendly.  Pull through, and back end sites. All sites located near bathhouse and stream, tent sites available. – 7374 Lower Burnington Road – Franklin, NC 28734 – Call: 828-349-1846
Rose Creek Campground – Bring your own camper and place on our water, sewer, and electrical ready lot or bring a tent and camp like the pioneers! – 140 Terrace Ridge Drive – Franklin, NC 28734 – Call: (828) 524-3225
Standing Indian Campground – Walk many popular hiking trails,including several that connect to Appalachian Trail. The campground, loaded with Rhododendrons, is bisected by the Nantahala River and Kimsey Creek.  – 2037 Standing Indian Cmpgd Rd – Franklin, NC 28734 – Phone (828) 369-0442

Parks & Hiking Trails Near Franklin & Highlands North Carolina

Great Smoky Mountain National Park – Ridge upon ridge of forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. World renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, this is America’s most visited national park. 
Blue Ridge Parkway – Outstanding scenery and recreational opportunities make the Blue Ridge Parkway one of the most visited sections of the National Park System. Split-rail fences, old farmsteads, mountain meadows and scenic overlooks with endless vistas make the Blue Ridge Parkway a popular attraction. 
Appalachian Trail – The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, generally known as the Appalachian Trail or simply the A.T., is a marked hiking trail in the eastern United States extending between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine. The trail is about 2,200 miles long, though the exact length changes over time as parts are modified or rerouted. The trail passes through 14 states.
Bartram Trail – Bartram Trail is multi-state designated a National Recreation Trail. The trail approximates the route of 18th century naturalist and explorer William Bartram through North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana.
Wayah Bald Lookout Tower – Wayah Bald Lookout Tower remains standing as one of the historical structures along the Appalachian Trail in the Nantahala National Forest. The tower, which was originally used as a fire lookout, was built in 1937 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, and is also the area where the Bartram Trail and the Appalachian Trail intersect.
Shot Pouch Trail – Located within Nantahala National Forest, the 1.5 mile Shot Pouch Trail crosses the Appalachian Trail. Traveling across a grassed wildlife clearing, Shot Pouch Trail continues along an old logging road, past a small waterfall. Offering views of Franklin Valley, and the Cowee & Fishhawk mountains, Shot Pouch Trail is an in and back trail. 
Yellow Mountain Trail – Yellow Mountain Trail is a 10.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Highlands, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Yellow Mountain at 5,127 feet is one of the highest mountains in the Highlands Ranger District.
Rufus Morgan Trail – Rufus Morgan Trail is a 4.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Franklin, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Suitable for all ages.
Standing Indian Mountain – Located in the Nantahala Wilderness Area, Standing Indian Mountain is the highest point along the Appalachian Trail south of the Smokey Mountains. Views from the top can be spectacular regardless of the time of year. Since the mountain is part of the AT, it is visited by many hikers each year.
Whiteside Mountain – This excellent loop, designated a National Recreation Trail, climbs to the top of Whiteside Mountain, with its spectacular 700′ high cliff walls lofting the hiker for amazing views. Take a camera, as the cliff-top views are lined with beautiful mountain laurel which blooms in mid-june.

Rivers and Lakes near Franklin North Carolina – Watersports

Little Tennessee River – The Little Tennessee River is a vibrant and healthy mountain blueway. It has been a destination for outdoor enthusiasts for decades. Locals and visitors alike enjoy kayaking and canoeing the Little Tennessee. This is also a great river for fishing. The Little Tennessee is one of the best places for smallmouth bass fishing in the southeast. 
Nantahala Outdoor Center – Whitewater Rafting – Nantahala Outdoor Center is the nation’s largest outdoor recreation company. Over a million guests visit NOC annually to embark on a diverse collection of more than 120 different river and land-based itineraries.
Lake Chatuge – Nestled in the mountains of Western North Carolina is beautiful Lake Chatuge. In 1942, the TVA constructed a 2,950-foot earth-and-rock dam across the Hiawassee River, forming Lake Chatuge. Visitors enjoy leisurely strolls along the dam with its spectacular view of the lake and surrounding mountains.
Nantahala National Forest – Mountains surpassing 5000 feet, cascading waterfalls, towering hardwood forests and whitewater foaming over the backs of boulders–these are the sights awaiting you in the Nantahala National Forest. Enjoy the panoramic views from Whiteside Mountain or Wayah Bald. A 2-mile loop trail to the top of the Whiteside cliffs, provides a spectacular view.


Spend some time at our community pond with a place for play and picnics.