Gem Capital of the World!

Voted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce one of the Best Cities to Live in America in 2019, Franklin, North Carolina has everything you need and more! Surrounded by the beauty of God’s creation with lakes, rivers, waterfalls and mountains, Franklin has a wealth of attractions and amenities. From festivals and events bringing back the heritage and rich history of Franklin and reminding us of our roots, to venturing into the surrounding countryside to enjoy activities for folks of all ages and physical capabilities.


To the Mountains I Must Go … A very common phrase used by those who fight the daily grind and hustle bustle of city life. Weekends find the roads north filled with traffic as people attempt to escape to the serenity, the peace and quiet, and the majesty of the Appalachian Mountains … in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the foothills of the Great Smokies. Whether you just want to enjoy your porch while looking out at the lush scenery, or take part in outdoor activities such as hiking, tubing and rafting: or you are looking forward to enjoying the history, the arts, the restaurants, and more, we have it ALL!

The Seasons of the Mountains

Franklin, North Carolina gets 49.75 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year. The summers are typically warm and humid, and the winters are very cold with temperatures varying from 27 to 85, but rarely below 13 or above 91. The warm season generally lasts from May 25 to September 17, while the cold season lasts from about November 28 through February 28. Rain falls throughout the year with peak accumulation in the 31 days around December 1 with average of 4.6 inches. The snowy period lasts from December 3 to March 17, with the peak time during the 31 days centered around January 22, and an average accumulation of over 4 inches.


Summer High: July high is around 84 degrees

Winter Low: January low is 23


Summer activities include whitewater rafting or tubing, swimming or fishing in one of our beautiful lakes and rivers, or attending outdoor festivals. Visit one of the area produce markets selling fresh spring vegetables and fruits, or take a seat at an area restaurant offering farm to table fare, and freshly cut local meat products.