Franklin is a town within Franklin Township, located in Macon County, North Carolina, United States of America. Franklin is a small town, with just 3500 residents and a small area of almost 4 square miles, but it is known world wide as the Gem Capital of the World, because the area is extremely rich in gems and minerals. If you are headed to Franklin, make sure you take time, because there are a lot of attractions here.
Top Attractions within Franklin
Macon County Veterans Memorial Park is a park honoring the the veterans of Macon County that sacrificed everything in order to defend their country during wars. In present, in the park is built a memorial with the same name.
Macon County Gemboree is a jewelry and gem show held twice a year in Franklin. The event attracts tourists from all over the world who come to Franklin not only to admire the beautiful exposed collections, but also to try their luck in finding valuable gems in the area. Among native stones that can be found in the mines within Franklin, you can find rubies, sapphires and garnets; if you are lucky, of course.
Cullasaja Falls is a magnificent waterfall located in the Nantahala National Forest and its name means honey locust place in the native Cherokee language. The height of the falls is 200 feet, according to Kevin Adams, the author of North Carolina Waterfalls.
Bridal Veil Falls is another Franklin waterfall. The waterfall stands 45 feet tall and is located in the southeastern side of the town. This is the only waterfall in the North Carolina where a vehicle can drive under it. Walking visitors can also pass under the Bridal Veil Falls without getting wet, if the water flow is low. If it is high, chances of getting wet are higher. Either way, the experience of visiting this waterfall should not be missed while in Franklin.