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Attractions in Franklin, North Carolina


  • Cowee Bald Fire Tower 828-524-3161
    Cowee Creek Road
    An active fire tower used by the North Carolina Division of Forest Resources, this unique fire tower provides some of the best scenic and breathtaking views of three... more info

  • Factory, The 828-349-8888
    1024 Georgia Road, Franklin, NC 28734
    The Factory features over 100 arcade games, the region’s largest go cart track, laser tag, indoor mini golf, a kid’s play area, and more. more info

  • Fun Factory, The 828-349-8888
    1024 Georgia Road, Franklin, NC 28734
    Located on Highway 441
    The Factory is the place for games, mini-golf, bowling, go-carts, laser tag, big screen TV's, party rooms, a great dining experience, and more.  more info  map

Museums & Galleries

  • Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum 828-369-7831
    25 Phillips Street, Franklin, NC 28734
    Located in the historic old jail on the square in Franklin, this museum features exhibits related to gems, minerals, and mining. There are displays of specimens from... more info  map

  • Macon County Historical Society & Museum 828-524-9758
    36 West Main Street, Franklin, NC 28734
    Displays on education, the Civil War, early medicine, textiles, photography, and the local history and genealogy of Macon County can be found in this museum that is... more info  map

  • MCAA Uptown Gallery 828-349-4607
    30 East Main Street, Franklin, NC 28734
    Located in Downtown Franklin
    Founded to further the pursuit, understanding, and appreciation of art in Macon County, this association offers workshops, classes, and programs throughout the year.... more info  map

  • Ruby City Gems & Minerals 828-524-3967
    130 East Main Street, Franklin, NC 28734
    "The World's Largest Sapphire" weighing 385-pounds as well as one of the largest gem quality rubies found in the area (162 carats) are on display at Ruby City Gems &... more info  map

  • Scottish Tartans Museum & Heritage Center 828-524-7472
    86 East Main Street, Franklin, NC 28723
    Located in Downtown Franklin
    This museum contains the official registry of all publicly known tartans and is the American extension of the Scottish Tartans Society in Edinburgh, Scotland. Displays... more info  map

  • Wilderness Taxidermy & Outfitters 828-524-3677
    5040 Highland Road, Franklin, NC 28734
    An art wildlife museum, Wilderness Taxidermy is a unique 5,000 square foot facility that features a museum, wildlife art gallery, and a working studio. Treasures from... more info  map

National Parks & Natural Wonders

  • Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine 828-349-2941
    41 Cherokee Mine Road off Ruby Mine Road, Franklin, NC 28734
    At the Cherokee Mine, their gem dirt is not "salted" or "enriched" with semi-precious stones. They are one of the last native gemstone only mines open to the public. more info

  • Cowee Mountain Ruby Mine 828-369-5271
    6771 Sylva Road, Franklin, NC 28734
    Cowee Mountain Ruby Mine is open seven days a week March 1st until December 15th. Their 150-foot covered flume is covered and lighted and their gift shop features 14k... more info  map

  • Cullasaja Falls
    U.S. 64, Franklin, NC 28734
    Located 11 Miles East of Franklin
    Part of the Mountain Water Scenic Byway, this beautiful waterfall is located on the Cullasaja River in the lower part of the Cullasaja Gorge. It cascades over... more info  map

  • Gold City Gem Mine 828-369-3905
    9410 Sylvia Road, Franklin, NC 28734
    Gold City offers a day full of fun and excitement for the whole family. Mine in their covered flume - rain or shine. Take all mined stones into their jeweler for gem... more info

  • Mason Mountain Mine and Cowee Gift Shop 828-524-4570
    5315 Bryson City Road, Franklin, NC 28734
    Located 5.5 Miles North on Highway 28 North
    Enjoy the experience of finding your own gemstone at this mine that offers a great selection of gems and minerals. A complete gem and gift shop is on site. more info

  • Mason's Ruby & Sapphire Mine 828-369-9742
    6961 Upper Burningtown Road, Franklin, NC 28734
    Dig your own dirt for native stones at this mine that offers assistance to beginners with all tools supplied, plus features picnic tables and a covered flume in a cool,... more info  map

  • Rose Creek Mine Rock & Gift Shop 828-349-3774
    115 Terrace Ridge Drive, Franklin, NC 28734
    Rose Creek Mine is one of three state licensed gem mines in Macon County. Here you can find rubies, sapphires, garnets, amethysts, citrine, moonstone, topaz, smoky... more info  map

  • Sheffield Mine 828-369-8383
    385 Sheffield Farms Road, Franklin, NC 28734
    This mining facility offers a native mine for true rock hounds, as well as an enriched mine for children. Star Rubies and Star Sapphires can be found here and the site... more info  map

Vineyards, Wineries & Breweries

  • Calaboose Cellars 828-321-2006
    565 Aquone Road, Andrews, NC 28901
    A small, free-standing winery in western North Carolina. They produce dry wines, sweet wines, country wines, and dessert wines. They also feature a brew house where you... more info  map


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