- Our list of the best things to do in Franklin, North Carolina, features the top 120 nearby activities — including 62 great attractions with user approval ratings of 90% or more!
- Franklin, NC has a variety of great sights and experiences nearby. Top categories include: Outdoor Places, Museums & Galleries, Water Activities, and Amusement.
- The results below include the top 22 things to do within the city of Franklin, NC , followed by 98 popular activities in nearby cities, including Bryson City, Cherokee, Highlands, Sylva, Clayton, Sapphire, Cashiers, Dillard, Tiger, Hayesville and Hiawassee
Summer theater takes center stage at the Highlands Playhouse in Highlands, North Carolina. The theater is open from June to mid-October. Its most popular musicals include Nunsense, Little Shop of Horrors and Bye Bye Birdie.
The Bascom is an art gallery dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of those who visit by providing them with a dynamic arts-experience. The gallery features rotating art exhibits and hosts a variety of educational programs and special events.
82% 38 votes
US 64, Nantahala National Forest, Highlands, NC MoreLess Info
A $4 parking fee grants visitors admission to the Cliffside Lake Recreation Area. This popular destination is excellent for hiking, biking, grilling and fishing. Visitors who wish to fish must have a valid North Carolina fishing license.
Located between Franklin and Highlands, North Carolina, The Callasja River Gorge is part of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area. The gorge and its waterfalls can be accessed via U.S. Highway 64 and State Road 28, or the Waterfall Byway.
93% 15 votes
454 Carolina Way, Highlands, NC 28741 MoreLess Info
Satulah Mountain Brewing Company is a microbrewery offering a wide variety of custom beers and pub food. This family owned microbrewery offers a welcoming and social environment. Satulah Mountain offers live entertainment and large screen TVs, all in a comfy atmosphere.
The breathtaking Cullasaja Falls are located next to Route 64 in Highlands, NC. The parking lot is quite small, and sits just off of the highway, in the midst of an extremely dangerous, high-accident portion of it. Avoid visiting Cullasaja Falls during rush hour.
89% 103 votes
Highlands, NC MoreLess Info
Up to 40 researchers can live and work at the research station that is part of the Highlands Biological Station, Nature Center and Botanical gardens. Meanwhile, in another part of the facility, school programs and summer camps teach children about the biodiversity of the Southern Appalachian region.