Nestled in the southwestern corner of North Carolina, Franklin serves as the southern gateway to the Blue Ridge Mountains and Great Smokies. Franklin is a favorite retirement and relocation spot for people of all ages, especially those who like the mountains and outdoors. Many people have vacationed in Franklin only to dream of retiring here. Hiking, rafting, fishing, kayaking, tubing, waterfalls, mountain scenic drives, local festivals, gem mining, museums and so much more.
Franklin is located between two popular scenic gorges, the Cullasaja and the Nantahala. The Cullasaja takes some spectacular spills creating lower Cullasaja Falls. Take a walk behind the roaring 75 foot wall of water of Dry Falls. The mountainscape is lined with many hiking trails, including the famous Appalachian and Bartram Trails and waterfalls.
Franklin has just over 4,000 residents. Services, shops, Medical Center, almost every denomination of church, grocery, restaurants, fast foods, Lowe's, WalMart, K-Mart and more make Franklin a perfect retirement location. Atlanta is 130 miles to the south. Asheville, a retiree magnet for the region, is 68 miles. Other cities nearby include Highlands, Cashiers, Dillsboro, & Sylva, all within about 30 minutes, Bryson City and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park can be accessed in approx. 45 min. to-one hour. Photo of downtown courtesy of Wikipedia and Warren LeMay in the public domain; photo of The Little Tennessee River courtesy of Wilipedai and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region (public domain).