Forget West Virginia. The town of Franklin -- in Macon County, North Carolina -- is as "almost heaven" as anywhere.
Macon County is blessed with roughly 47 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Macon County is truly a blessing to those who trod the AT.
Franklin is a friendly oasis for thru-hikers on the Appalachian Trail (AT). The Blue Ridge Mountains town is 111 miles north of the AT's starting point in Georgia at Springer Mountain. That makes Franklin a perfect place to resupply and take a zero day.
"When the Nantahala Hiking Club (NHC) informed the town of the ATC's developing Appalachian Trail Community designation program in fall of 2008, it was a no-brainer for the town to pursue the designation," said Bill Van Horn, NHC president.
Following decades of service to the AT, the commitment and dedication of local individuals and groups was recognized and honored by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC). In 2010, Franklin was designated an Appalachian Trail Community(TM).
The Appalachian Trail Community(TM) program is designed to recognize communities that promote and protect the Appalachian Trail (AT). Towns, counties, and communities along the AT's corridor are considered assets by AT hikers and many of these towns act as good friends and neighbors to the trail. The program serves to assist communities with sustainable economic development through tourism and outdoor recreation, while preserving and protecting the AT.
Designation as an Appalachian Trail Community(TM) and participation in the program has these goals:
Franklin hosts April Fools Trail Days each year. Read about the 2012 celebration here.
You are welcome to attend the festivities and see why so many people love the town that loves the AT.
Bring your friends!
Franklin's 2014 April Fool's Trail Days was a bit of a rainy day but that didn't dampen the spirits of folks celebrating the Appalachian Trail in Franklin.
Franklin, North Carolina, salutes Appalachian Trail hikers with April Fool's Trail Days on or around April 1st each year. It's a family-friendly fun time.
A great time was had by all who spent a few hours at Franklin, NC's 2013 April Fool's Trail Days. Here's proof.
Published Apr 3, 2014.
Only the most friendly and dedicated towns are appointed official Appalachian Trail Communities by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.