Through the storm


Fall Colors in Franklin, NC October 4th, 2015

Fall Colors in Franklin, NC taken on October 4th, 2015

The storm systems that converged on the southeast and coastal areas of the mid Atlantic also brought the Franklin area several inches of much needed rain this past weekend. Although the amount we received was far less than what was predicted, we did get enough to truly enhance the beautiful waterfalls that our area is so well known for along the Cullasaja River.

As you head east towards Cashiers on Highway 64, the first waterfall you come to is Cullasaja Falls. This image is from October 4th, and as you can see, the colors of fall are beginning to fill in nicely.

As you make your way up to a little higher elevation, you’ll start to see more vibrant reds and oranges starting to make their way into the ridges and tree lines. Fortunately, we did not receive much of the higher winds that were also predicted for the area, keeping the majority of the colorful leaves in their places.

Further up east on Highway 64 is the areas most popular waterfall by far, Dry Falls, which in and of itself is an oxymoron. A short walk down the nicely paved pathway gets you to a point were you are able to walk underneath this majestic natural wonder.

Dry Falls, October 4th, 2015

Dry Falls, October 4th, 2015

Also, you will be anything BUT dry! Be prepared to get a lot of mist and spray from the waterfall on you as you travel underneath, also, be careful with your stepping, as wet rocks are very slick!

October is one of the busiest months in Franklin and in the upcoming Snapshots From Franklin, NC, we will talk about some of the upcoming events, such as the 19th Annual Pumpkinfest on October 24th.  For more information about upcoming events and things to do here in Franklin, NC please visit the Franklin, NC Chamber of Commerce website here: Franklin Chamber of Commerce

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Fall Foliage

As the leaves have started to change, many folks outside of Franklin and western North Carolina begin thinking about making their annual journey to the mountains in search of the magical colors of fall. This year is no different, as there are record numbers of travelers entering the Great Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina and east Tennessee.

Cullasaja Falls Color 2014

Cullasaja Falls Color 2014

Each year, the folks at put out the annual leave predictions with an easy to use date timeline slider, that gives an educated estimate as to when the peak colors of fall will occur all over the United States. As is with every forecast, it is only as good as mother nature allows, and it can vary depending on many factors, including precipitation, temperatures, and passing cold fronts that carry with them high winds that can pull the leaves off of trees in a matter of hours.

Some fall colors at their peak in 2014

Some fall colors at their peak in 2014

The forecast for our area of the mountains is calling for a peak leaf season to occur around mid-October, but again, with a drier than normal summer could cause there to be a more rapid change or the leaves falling prematurely. Here in Franklin, we are already starting to see some of the early turning trees begin to get colorful, though it’s still mostly green we’re seeing a few patches of red, orange and bright yellow.

For more information about the fall color predictions, check out the folks here at Smoky Mountain: Fall Foliage Map 2015 and for more information about when and where to stay when you’re here in Franklin, please visit the Franklin, NC Chamber of Commerce website here: Franklin, NC Chamber of Commerce.

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Macon County Fair – A Wealth of Tradition

DSC_1833The Macon County Fair is getting set to return to the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center and Macon County Fairgrounds September 16th – 20th, 2015! The Macon County Fair is one of the only remaining fairs in North Carolina to be an “agricultural only” fair, meaning there is no midway, but there is still so much to see and do. Another great fact about the fair is that it is FREE to everyone!

DSC_1822There are vendors that will be set up inside the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center, along with entries into this year’s fair themed “A Wealth of Tradition” from students and groups from Macon County. They will all be on display throughout the course of the fair. Along with those displays, there will be livestock and animal shows and competitions throughout the five day event, along with other great information about the fair, which you can find on their website here: Macon County Fair

DSC_6610For a full schedule listing of all the fair’s events, follow the link here: Macon County Fair Event Schedule . There will be entertainment Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings under the pavilion as well as some great food, so you can grab a bite to eat, sit down, and enjoy some great live entertainment.

The fair is a great place to catch up with old friends and see what life is like in the farming community that still thrives here in Macon County. We hope you’ll stop in each evening and take in a little piece of life in the mountains!

For a complete calendar of happenings in the Franklin, NC area, please visit our website here – Franklin, NC Chamber of Commerce and we hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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Labor Day Weekend


Wayah Bald Lookout Tower, Franklin NC

Labor Day weekend is here, which means the unofficial end of summer is upon us. September is a busy month here in Franklin, as folks are preparing for the upcoming Macon County Fair starting on September 16th. The Macon County Fair is one of, if not the only, purely agricultural fairs left in the state. As always, it will be held at the Macon County Fairgrounds and in the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center. Admission is always free. For a complete schedule of events during the fair, please visit the fair’s website at:

Some other exciting news that’s happening right now is that Franklin is currently in the final round of the Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine’s Top Towns competition. Voting is happening now through September 13th. You can vote once every 24 hours, so please remember to cast your vote at this link: and be sure to vote for Franklin! The winner will be featured in an upcoming issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and we want our beautiful town to be the one.

This weekend will also feature some fantastic musical performances here in Franklin. At the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Contemporary Christian music superstar Steven Curtis-Chapman will go on stage on Saturday, September 5th. Showtime is 7:30pm and for more information or to buy tickets, check out the SMCPA website at: You can also purchase tickets at the Chamber of Commerce for this or any of the upcoming shows, so stop by the office, get your tickets and check out all the great information that we have about Franklin!

The other musical performance this Saturday evening is Frogtown, downtown in front of the Macon County Courthouse, at Pickin’ on the Square. Bring a lawnchair or a blanket to sit on, relax and listen to the down home bluegrass music that brings mountain culture and heritage to life. Pickin’ on the Square is always free and there are many vendors set up for refreshments. Frogtown will begin around 7:30pm, which will be preceded by “open mic”, where anyone who’d like to give a performance can give it their best.

Please visit the Franklin, NC Chamber of Commerce website below to see a full calendar of upcoming events and information: and remember to have a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend! We hope to see you around!

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Autumn’s Approaching

Past Autumn Colors Adorn Bust Yer Butt Falls

Past Autumn Colors Adorn Bust Yer Butt Falls

It’s hard to believe another summer has come and almost passed. The kids are back in school and the days are ending a little earlier. There is a bit of a chill making its way into the early morning hours. From a distance, Friday night comes alive as the cheers and the band can be heard for miles away from Franklin High School, as the Panthers football team fights hard to score another victory.

Soon, the leaves will begin their annual color transformation. This year’s forecast is calling for another brilliant show, one that may last into November. Pickin’ On The Square is still going strong every Saturday evening downtown, with performances going on through October, there’s always something for everyone to enjoy. Downtown Franklin has gone through quite a transformation over the last year, one that has brought new life and a new feel to this small town of ours. There’s more to do and see, but with the same small town hospitality that makes Franklin such a great place to visit year round.

To find more information about upcoming events and to stay in touch with what’s happening in Franklin, please visit the Franklin, NC Chamber of Commerce website at and start making plans to spend some time with us here in the mountains of western North Carolina this fall. We’ll be waiting!

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Top Towns Competition

Bust Yer Butts Falls  - Franklin, NC

Bust Yer Butts Falls – Franklin, NC

Our little slice of heaven on earth, Franklin, is a contender in the 2015 Blue Ridge Outdoor TOP TOWNS Contest and we need your votes! Whether you’re an avid hiker and have traversed the many trails, an admirer of our scenic waterfalls on the Cullasaja River, or you just love the peace and quiet that comes with being away from the big city, there’s something for everyone! With that in mind, we need your votes!

The Southeast and Mid-Atlantic boasts dozens of towns with vibrant outdoor scenes and access to world-class adventure and now readers will select their favorites. The editors have narrowed the field to 48 contenders spanning small towns, medium towns and large cities.

Beginning August 3, and running 6 weeks through September 14, tens of thousands of Blue Ridge Outdoors readers will be flooding the website to vote for their faves.

Winner will be highlighted both online and in the November issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors.

Here’s the link!

VOTE DAILY!!! You can vote every 24 hours… so vote regularly and encourage others to do the same

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7th Annual Mountain High BBQ Festival & Car Show


It’s hard to believe that we’re in our seventh year of the Mountain High BBQ Festival & Car Show! Over the years, we’ve had some fantastic competitors, top flight entertainment and some of the coolest rods’ in the mountains show up and take part in each of our festivals. This year is no different! So it’s time to stand back and let the mouth watering BBQ do the talking and give you this years schedule and events that will be happening this Friday and Saturday at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center at the Macon County Fairgrounds.

Friday & Saturday, August 7 & 8 – Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center

Friday 11 am – 9 pm

Saturday 10am – 6 pm

Admission: Adult:  $5 one day; $8 for both days, Children 12 & under Free

Enter after 5 pm on Friday and receive Saturday’s admission FREE

Chance to win a Holland Grill free with festival admission


Photos by Timeless Moments Imaging

Car Show: 

Friday 6 – 8 pm and Saturday 10 am – 3 pm

Coordinated by SCC’s Automotive Club


Burger Cook Off Flyer

Best Burger in Town Grill-Off

3 Heats:  Friday at 5 pm, Saturday at 10 am and 1 pm

Championship Grill-Off:  Saturday at 4 pm.

We furnish the gas grills, you bring your ingredients, you’ll have 35 minutes to prepare, grill and plate your burger for the judges. Winner takes home $250 and bragging rights! Pre-registration is required.

Call the chamber or pull application/rules off BBQ website at

Sponsored by Motor Company Grill & Wal-Mart



Grilling Demonstrations

You will have two chances to learn grilling tips from a pro: Friday at 4 pm and Saturday at 11 am.

Come out and learn how to preparing the best, mouth-watering, fall off the bone, baby back ribs!!!



Grab yourself a plate from one of the on-site vendors and sit down to some fantastic live entertainment while you enjoy the BBQ. Here’s the lineup:


6 pm – Johnny Webb

7 pm – Miss Kitty & The Big City Band


12 pm & 2 pm – Emporium Band


Tasting Tent:

Saturday 3 pm – $5 with paid admission. Remember, ONLY 200 tickets will be sold to taste and judge cookers BBQ pork. Tickets can be purchased at the entrance once the festival opens or at the chamber until Thursday, August 6.

Sponsored by Bi-Lo

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Myron Mixon Smoker Raffle


$3,995 Value

Myron won our competition last year and as a way to thank us for putting on the festival donated this amazing smoker to be raffled off. Don’t miss this chance to purchase tickets to win it!

Tickets: $5 each; 6 for $25 or 13 for $50

Tickets will be sold at the T-shirt table near the front gate.


We especially want to thank our major sponsors:

Franklin/Nantahala TDC, Macon Bank, Pepsi, WLOS News 13, WNCC 96.7, The Macon County News, Microtel Inn & Suites, Macon Appliance Mart, & Lowe’s of Franklin

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Best Burgers In Town Grill-Off

The grill sizzles as you place the patty on it gently, taking care that the temperature is just right, the juices begin to flow out the sides and drip slowly down into the open flame. The smell of the searing burgers fills the air and you begin to hear orders from the family, friends and guests that fill your backyard. They’re all saying the same thing, “you make the best hamburgers in Franklin, hands down”. So you think you can grill? Well, here’s your chance to prove to everyone that you DO have the Best Burgers in Town!

Burger Grill-Off

This year, at the 7th Annual Mountain High BBQ Festival & Car Show, we’re adding a new competition to the two day event, held at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center, Friday Aug 7th and Saturday, Aug 8th. It’s the First Annual Best Burgers in Town Grill Off!

Burger Cook Off Flyer

The “Best Burger in Town Grill Off” is a new event at the Mountain High BBQ Festival and is a way for spectators to join in the fun.  Registration is now open for a limited number of folks to register.  Participants will have 30 minutes to prepare their favorite burger on our gas grills with your own ingredients.  Four competitors will cook at one time and be “blind” judged by our celebrity judges.  The winner of each heat will compete in the final grill-off on Saturday at 4 pm.  Heats will be held Friday and Saturday.

The grand champion will be named “Best Burger in Town” and awarded $250 and a trophy.

For more details and registration information, contact the Franklin Chamber at 828-524-3161. Or you can visit the Mountain High BBQ Festival & Car Show website here: Mountain High BBQ Festival & Car Show.

This event is sponsored by Walmart and Motor Company Grill.


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50th Annual Gemboree

50 Annual Macon County Gemboree - last two days!

50 Annual Macon County Gemboree – last two days!

The 50th Annual Macon County Gemboree is going on now, and there’s only two days left to stop in to the Macon County Community Building located on Hwy 441/Georgia Rd just south of Franklin and across from the Whistle Stop Mall. The event is a joint effort of the Franklin Chamber of Commerce and the Gem & Mineral Society of Franklin.  “We have had a great partnership over the years and that has lead to the success of this show,” said Linda Harbuck, Executive Director of the Franklin Chamber.  “Our dealers this year come from all over the country and will have a tremendous variety of items to show and sell.”

Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sunday from 11am – 4pm are the very two last days that you can stop in and see some of finest cut and rock cut gems in all of the southeast. This year we are pleased to have Mr. Jerry Call, a world renown geologist, join us.  Jerry attended the Gemological Institute of America in Santa Monica, CA.  After graduating, he went to work for GIA in New York City as a Diamond Grader for the Lab and an Instructor of Gemology.  After three years Jerry accepted a job in Brazil as a consultant for a gem buying company out of New York.  “I fell in love with Brazil and all the gem stones there.  I moved to Brazil as a permanent resident in 1970” said Call.  “I went into mining right away from Aquamarine mining in the North of Brazil to Tourmaline mining in Minas Gerais Brazil.  We opened a large cutting shop where we cut the first fine cut calibrated stones in Brazil.  I have been involved in Brazilian rough stones for 44 years and worked the Tucson show for 25 years direct and many other Gem Shows over the years including Franklin, NC.” Call continued. Call is now retired but still involved in fine gemstones.  Call has a few stones in the Smithsonian Institute that he cut.  He is also the cutter of the Carolina Emerald in Tiffany’s NYC that was found in Hiddenite, North Carolina.

Stop on into the Macon County Gemboree. These last two days could see some exciting happenings and wouldn’t it be awful if you missed it! A present for someone special in your life and what a better way to remind them how much you love them!

Admission is $2 for adults, children 12 & under are free. For more information, please call the Franklin Chamber at 828-524-3161 or visit the website at


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Wesser Bald Tower

The view from Wesser Bald Lookout Tower

The view from Wesser Bald Lookout Tower

If you’ve never explored  Wesser Bald Tower on the outskirts of Franklin and Macon County, you’re in for a true majestic treat. Wesser Bald is located about 20 miles outside of Franklin, as you head out Hwy 28 towards Bryson City, you’ll make a left onto Tellico Road. A few miles of paved road end and you travel another 9 miles on narrow, unpaved road that winds up to the top of Tellico Gap.

The winding road up

The winding road up

This road is at times very narrow and you must pay close attention at all times while navigating the switchbacks and sharp corners, as an oncoming vehicle can ruin your day. Wesser Bald is on the Appalachian Trail, and the the tower is one of only a few full 360 degree view vantage points in the area. The original fire tower was destroyed by fire, but the Forestry Service and Nantahala Hiking club joined forces to build the observation deck on the remaining metal structure.


Wesser Bald Lookout Tower

Once you’ve reached the parking area, you’ll head up the hill to the right and follow the gradual climbing path up the summit, where you’re rewarded with this tower’s observation deck to look out over the Smoky Mountains, the Nantahala Ridge, the Cowee Mountains, the Balsam Mountains and the Tellico and Little Tennessee River Valleys.

For more information about the hike to Wesser Bald, along with lots more information about more things to see and do during your time here in Franklin, NC, please visit our website


looking out towards the Nantahala Ridge

looking out towards the Nantahala Ridge





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