Memorial Day Weekend

The unofficial start of Summer is already upon us. For years, Memorial Day Weekend has symbolized the end of Spring and the ushering in of Summer’s longer days, sunny rays and more time to enjoy life outside. The banks are dotted with wild flowers, the trees have filled out all their greens, and some of the more beautiful foliage of late Spring, such as the popular Mountain Laurel are in bloom. The wild blackberry bushes are flowering in abundance, promising a rich harvest for those willing to chance the sting of the thorns for a taste of the sometimes sweet, sometimes tart, berry.

Mountain Laurels in Bloom

Mountain Laurels in Bloom

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Wildflowers popping up around town

Wild Blackberry bushes flowering

Wild Blackberry bushes flowering

There’s a lot great things happening this weekend as well. Pickin’ On The Square returns for another season with their first concert of the season. The J.W. Band will entertain the crowd with their own renditions of country music favorites from the past. Pickin’ On The Square is Saturday night, May 23rd, at the gazebo in downtown Franklin. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on and enjoy the show. Open mic is at 6:30PM with The J.W. Band kicking off their first song at 7:30PM.

Also on Saturday night, the Jonathan Byrd & the Pickup Cowboys will perform at the Macon County Heritage Center at the Historic Cowee School, 51 Cowee School Drive in Franklin. Tickets are $15 for general admission and are available at CoweeSchool.org, the Franklin Chamber of Commerce, and at the door the day of the concert. For more information, please call 828-349-1945.

We would be remiss if we didn’t wish all of our veterans, their families, as well as active duty military and their families a happy and safe Memorial Day. Often times, we take for granted our freedoms in this country and don’t take a moment to thank our veterans and soldiers for their sacrifice and also to remember those who paid the ultimate price to preserve the rights that we take for granted. So to all of our military, past and present, we thank you for your service and pray for your safe return.

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Macon County Veterans Memorial Park Highway 441S  Franklin

For more information about all the happenings this Memorial Day Weekend, please visit the Franklin, NC Chamber of Commerce website – Franklin Chamber of Commerce or give us a call at 828.524.3161

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National Day of Prayer

National Day of Prayer

Thursday May 7th, in downtown Franklin, people from area churches and religions, gathered in town square for the National Day of Prayer. Pastors from local churches led the crowd of 100 or more folks in praying for our nation, our leaders and our military just to name a few.

The National Day of Prayer  is an annual day of observance held on the first Thursday of May, designated by the United States Congress, when people are asked “to turn to God in prayer and meditation”. Each year since its inception, the president has signed a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day.

The modern law formalizing its annual observance was enacted in 1952, although earlier days of fasting and prayer had been established by the Second Continental Congress from 1775 until 1783, and by President John Adams in 1798 and 1799. Most presidents have issued annual or special occasion proclamations for a national day of prayer.

The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. It is estimated that over two million people attended more than 30,000 observances – organized by approximately 40,000 volunteers. At state capitols, county court houses, on the steps of city halls, and in businesses, churches and homes, people stopped their activities and gathered for prayer.

 

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Trillium Paradise

A recent hike took this blogger out into part of Macon County that I was unfamiliar with. I went with a friend, as we were scouting out some trillium patches. What we found was not quite what we were hoping for, but none the less, it was still a gorgeous sight.

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With the heavy rains we had a week and a half ago, there was concern that many of the blossoms on this location’s patches of the beautiful flowers, would be damaged. However, much to our surprise, there was plenty of fully bloomed trilliums to photograph, including this lone red trillium.

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The only caveat to this location was that it wasn’t the best spot to hike to, and the angle at which the trilliums were growing made it difficult to stand in one spot too long. That said, there are many spots all throughout the Franklin area that are easy to access and also have an abundance of wildflowers growing. Along the Appalachian Trail, for instance, that runs through the western part of Franklin, is a beautiful hike to explore this time of year.

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With Memorial Day Weekend less than a month away, it’ll be Summer before you know it, and the beautiful blooms of Spring will be gone for the year. Time to start making your plans for a visit, or maybe a relocation, to the place you’ve always longed to live and love to visit year after year.

For information about lodging, restaurants, and all the places to go and unwind from the world, please visit the chamber’s website here Franklin NC Chamber of Commerce or give us a call at 828-524-3161. Better yet, if you’re in town, stop by the chamber and browse over all the flyers, maps and souvenirs we have available at 425 Porter Street.

 

Eric Haggart of Timeless Moments Imaging writes and provides photographs for the weekly Snapshots From Franklin, NC for the Franklin Chamber of Commerce. Funding is provided by the Franklin/Nantahala TDC.

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Welcomed Guests

Two Blue birds seek bird seed for a snack

Two Blue birds seeking some lunch during a slight rain

We’ve had some beautiful Spring weather this last week here in Franklin, which has brought some green to some of our trees, as well as some other, more vibrant colors. Birds are busy building their nests, while the sounds of lawn mowers and the smell of fresh cut grass is in the air.

Pileated Woodpecker gets some early morning bird seed

Pileated Woodpecker gets some early morning bird seed

Before you know it, Summer will be knocking at the door, so if you’re thinking about a visit to these beautiful mountains we call home, the time to plan is now. For all your lodging, places to see, and things to do, click over to our website at Franklin Chamber of Commerce  and you’ll find that everything you need to plan your next trip is right at your fingertips.

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Mud Creek Falls

Anyone who’s traveled to Highlands, NC from highway 441S knows that the drive up is a bit of a geography puzzle. Yes, all the twists and turns of GA 246/NC 106 actually have you in and out of North Carolina and Georgia a few times over, as you twist your way up into Sky Valley.

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Now, before you continue up into the beautiful, scenic mountain views that Highlands has to offer, take a short detour for a most definitely worth the while stop at Mud Creek Falls. The 100 foot vertical drop waterfall is one of the most convenient spots in the area, as you can drive your car and park within 15-20 feet from the water. There are picnic tables around, so if you’d like to pack a lunch or light dinner, it would be a fantastic place for a family meal. If you’re a photographer of waterfalls, this one is a 10/10 for sure.

Directions to Mud Creek Falls, GA from Franklin, NC are as follows: take 441s into GA. At the very first light, go left up GA 246. Travel about 4 miles until you reach a right turn for Bald Mountain Road. It’s a little bit odd, as you will leave Georgia briefly, enter North Carolina, and then reenter Georgia. Turn right onto Bald Mountain Road, and go a mile to the Sky Valley gated community. Enter the gate and veer to the left toward the golf course area. After about 0.5 miles, you will turn right on Tahoe Lane, which is very easy to miss.     If you’ve come to the golf course, you’ve gone too far. After you’ve turned on Tahoe Lane, go straight down to the end of the road, literally. There will be some curving and some unpaved road, but right at the end is the picnic area and Mud Creek Falls.

It’s an amazing location set ups for those who catch a thrill out of a gorgeous location. Technically, no, it’s not in North Carolina, but it’s so so close, it’s on this writers bucket list a lot more than it’s off! Mud Creek Falls is a stop of a lifetime, you just have to get there, the rest will take care of themselves.

For more information about the many wonders that await in the shadows of Franklin and Macon County. For a complete list of happenings, check out our website located here Franklin, NC Chamber of Commerce or stopping by the office on Depot Street.

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Disney’s Aristocats Kids

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The Overlook Theater is back at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts with their production of Disney’s The Aristocats Kids this weekend. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 Pm. The show is being sponsored by the Friends of the Macon County Library and The Macon County Library. Tickets for the performance are $12.

What’s a cat to do? In Disney’s The Aristocats, Madame’s jealous butler Edgar cat-naps Duchess and her Aristokittens and abandons them in the Parisian countryside. Luckily, Thomas O’Malley and his rag-tag bunch of alley cats come to their rescue! This feline adventure, based on the Disney film, is sure to get audiences tapping their feet to its upbeat, jazzy score that includes the Disney favorites “The Aristocats,” “Scales and Arpeggios” and “Ev’rybody Wants to Be a Cat.”

Tickets can be purchased online here  Disney’s Aristocats Kids or at the door. For directions to the Performing Arts Center, click here: directions. We hope you’re able to catch one of the show’s performances and enjoy all that the Overlook Theater Company brings to the area!

For information about other upcoming events in Franklin, please visit our website at Franklin Chamber of Commerce

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Rufus Morgan Falls Trail

One of the many highlights of living in Franklin is the vast quantity of hiking, scenic and adventurous things to see and explore. One such place is the Rufus Morgan Falls trail in the Wayah Road area of the Nantahala National Forest. The trail is an easy to moderate one mile loop, where the highlight is the 60 foot high waterfall named after the late Reverend Albert Rufus Morgan.

From Franklin, you drive four miles to the turn for Wayah Bald Lookout Tower, which is Old Murphy Road. Take the next left onto Wayah Road and continue for 6.4 miles. You’ll come to Forest Road 388 on the left.

FR 388 is a left turn off Wayah Road

FR 388 is a left turn off Wayah Road

Turn there and follow the road around for two miles, when you’ll come up to the parking area for Rufus Morgan Falls Trailhead.

Rufus Morgan TrailheadPark here and follow the Blue Blazed trail that will cross over Rough Fork creek via footbridge and later, just below the falls via large rocks. The trail is a one mile loop, though you can turn back from the falls and return the way you came in. Either way, you’ll end up back at the trailhead/parking area. The road is usually closed in the winter, so keep that in mind. The gravel road is well maintained and passable by most any vehicle.

 

Rufus Morgan Falls

Rufus Morgan Falls

For more information about the many trails, scenic drives, waterfalls and adventures that await you here in Franklin, NC, please visit our website here: Franklin Chamber of Commerce.

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Spring Is Near

Daffodils colorful arrival

Daffodils colorful arrival

It seems we may have finally turned that elusive corner. You know, the one where it seems like all of the sudden… it’s Spring! Two weeks ago we were in the midst of our largest snowfall of this winter season, and in a short matter of time, we’re seeing signs that Mother Nature has loosed winter’s grip and some noticeable color changes, albeit small for now, are making themselves known.

Spring is a magical time here in the mountains, full of renewal, rebirth and growth. We hope you’re making plans to come join us here in the beautiful mountains of Franklin and Nantahala, and that when you do, you’ll come back to stay. Explore some old favorites and seek out some new ones, whether it’s a secluded hike, a scenic drive, or a quiet place to settle in and enjoy the peace and quiet of the mountains, you’re never at a loss for something to do here in our neck of the woods.

For information about upcoming events, lodging, shopping, fine food and more, please visit the Franklin, NC Chamber of Commerce website at http://www.franklin-chamber.com/ or if you’re in town, stop by the Chamber office at 425 Porter Street, Franklin, NC and say hi, we’d love to see you and help you make the most of your time here!

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2015 Visitor & Relocation Guides

2015 VG Cover

Each year, the Franklin Chamber of Commerce puts together the annual Visitor and Relocation Guide, packed from cover to cover with so much information about the Franklin and Nantahala area, even if you’ve lived here your whole life, you’re bound to learn something new.

Whether you’re seeking to mine for precious gems, become immersed one of the many scenic drives, spend some time hiking on the Appalachian Trail, or enjoy dinner and a show, the Franklin & Nantahala Visitor and Relocation Guide is your one stop source for information. Shopping, Historic tours, museums, and of course, our beautiful waterfalls, are all just the turn of a page away.

Learn about Nature’s Paradise in the Nantahala Community, step back in time and learn about one of Macon County’s treasures, The Rickman Store, or venture out on an experience of a lifetime to Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. After a long days travel, turn your attention to the many fine restaurants and in the area and enjoy fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere.

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World class entertainment comes to Franklin on a regular basis as well, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. Award winning musicians from Country, Rock & Roll, Gospel, Bluegrass, and Contemporary Christian artists are always on the calendar and you’re sure to find one of your favorites performing live in the area’s premier venue.

 

 

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The 2015 Franklin & Nantahala Visitor and Relocation Guide is just that, it’s your guide to the beautiful mountains of Franklin, Nantahala and Macon County. It’s not just a book or magazine that sits on a table, it’s your road map to your next adventure, maybe even your next home….

To get your very own copy of the 2015 Franklin and Nantahala Visitor and Relocation Guide, give us a call at the Franklin Chamber of Commerce at 828-524-3161 or send us an email at facc@franklin-chamber.com. You can also download the .PDF version from our website here: Franklin Chamber of Commerce. Just look for the Visitor Guide icon and click on the “Click Here” link.

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Arctic Blast

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Town hill in Franklin Thursday morning and 8 degrees

 

As the arctic blast that has affected the midwest and northeast pushes it’s way down through western North Carolina, here are some of the scenes that we have had here in Franklin over the past few days. The bank sign at United Community Bank read 8 degrees at 10 AM this morning and there is a Wind Chill Warning in effect for Macon County through 10 AM Friday, February 20th. If you do venture out for work, or play, please make sure you are protected from the wind and cold with the proper cold weather gear.

Ice beginning to pile up on the Little Tennessee River

Ice beginning to pile up on the Little Tennessee River

 

high winds and snowfall hit Franklin 2/18 & 2/19

high winds and snowfall hit Franklin 2/18 & 2/19

 

Climbers prepare to hit the ice at Winding Stair Gap

Climbers prepare to hit the ice at Winding Stair Gap

After the next day or so, things will return to more seasonable weather, so if you aren’t very fond of these cold temps and driving wind, not to worry, it will be out of here almost as quickly as it arrived.

For information about local businesses and things to do here in Franklin, NC, stop by our website here The Franklin. NC Chamber of Commerce.

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