- The list below includes 93 free or cheap things to do in or near Franklin, North Carolina, including 77 different types of inexpensive activities like Specialty Museums, Fishing, Bowling and Family Fun Center.
- From Wayah Bald Lookout Tower to Wilson Lick Ranger Station, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Franklin and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Bryson City, Cherokee, Highlands and Sylva.
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.
Dillard House Stables takes both the beginner and advanced rider through scenic mountain trails. Patrons will be guided, on horseback, alongside the Little Tennessee River and will travel through lush forests, cascading waterfalls and mountain views.
99% 219 votes
10160 Highway 19 West, Bryson City, NC 28713 MoreLess Info
Life vests and serious helmets are de rigeur at the Rolling Thunder River Company in Bryson City, North Carolina. Founded in 1977, Rolling Thunder is one of the state's leading providers of adventure vacations.
Check your nerves at the door and prepare to make memories with Wildwater Nantahala in Bryson City, North Carolina. The company also offers lodging, whitewater kayaking, zipline tours, train tourism, Jeep journeys and much more.
84% 57 votes
9400 Highway 19 W, Bryson City, NC 28713 MoreLess Info
Horseback riding excursions through the North Carolina Smokey Mountains are offered at the Nantahala Village Riding Stable. The stables are open from Memorial Day to Labor Day full time during the week and open on the weekends during April-May and September-October.
99% 551 votes
14690 Hwy 19 W, Bryson City, NC 28713 MoreLess Info
Bryson City, North Carolina is home to Adventurous Fast Rivers Rafting. The company provides high-octane, adrenaline-fueled whitewater rafting trips in stable, comfortable rafts and guides trained in lifesaving techniques. These are not for the faint of heart!