Franklin : North carolina


What It Is Like to Retire in Franklin

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).


Where to Retire in Franklin and Home Prices

Several active adult communities are located in the area (see Franklin Active Communities link at left). Zillow reported in mid-2021, the median home value was $198,346.


What Is Special about Franklin

The beautiful Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains. Many active adult communities, hiking, fishing, slow floats down the Little Tennessee River, beautiful scenic drives, Little Tennessee River Greenway, gem and rock hounding and simply relaxing. Low taxes and cost of living. Cooler in summer.   Free concerts every Saturday night in town during Summer-Fall months.  Open for business year-round.

What Is Not Special about Franklin

It is special.  The only negative can be mountain weather.  As in any mountain community, roads can ice in winter, but Franklin doesn't get that much snow and ice due to the elevation.  Other communities such as Highlands, Cashiers, Asheville having elevations above 3000 feet get a good bit.


Who Will Like Retirement in Franklin

People who love the less hectic life, away from traffic, and city noise.  People who enjoy being active, the mountains draw you to them in all directions.  Family life and reconnecting.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Tourism and construction

Climate and Physical Environment

Mountains surround Franklin.  2100'-2800'.  Beautiful scenic mountain vista property as well as gorgeous pasture property looking up to the mountains.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

New Performing Arts Center brings entertainment to Franklin.  Many local artists.


Crime in Franklin ia very low.


Medical Facilities

Angel Medical Center, part of Asheville's Angel Hospital. There is a hospital 18 miles away towards Cashiers/Highlands.


The nearest airports are about 60 miles away (Knoxville TN and Asheville NC), Atlanta is 2-1/2 hrs.

Valuable Links

Wikipedia on Franklin
Franklin City-Data
Town of Franklin
Franklin Chamber of Commerce
Mini-guide to retirement in North Carolina


What people are saying about Franklin

Franklin - response
This was our response: Thanks for writing about Franklin TN. It does look like one of our members edited that review with some incorrect, geographically challenged info. We have tried to correct Our crime data usually comes from, although there are other sources. Usually this info has to be taken with a grain of salt. So much depends on neighborhood and type of crime. Franklin is above average in recent years and that seems to be a result of higher thefts. There hasnt been a murder since 2004. Housing costs (also from city-data) are difficult in such small towns with a tiny number of homes turning over. Zillow suggests about the same prices
Posted by admin on September 14, 2015
I am contacting you because i just checked out the summary for Franklin NC and it\'s a mess. I think someone needs to go over it and do some editing. First all of the directions are wrong. Atlanta is listed as 90 miles north of Franklin, Waynesville to the west (it\'s to the east), etc. Also, found altitude and other mistakes. Just thought you\'d want to know. In addition, i have a question that Topretirements may want to address - Crimerate. I\'ve gone to Sperlings Best Places and Area Vibes and the crime rate in many of the Blue Ridge Mt. towns from SW VA to No. Georgia is very high. Franklin included. In Blairsville it\'s more than double the national average (???) Are these good sites to use or are there better? How meaningful are these numbers? This, of course, is VERY important to me; and the numbers are quite distressing. I would start a blog, but your website tells me i\'m not authorized to do this. Also, do you know how they get their housing costs listed in COL? Waynesville NC is listed as super low for housing (a little over 50% of national average), but when i was there the only houses i saw were for over $400,000 because i want a few acres of land around me. I don\'t consider that low!
Posted by admin on September 14, 2015

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