Luxury Cabin NC – Things to Do – Adventures

Zip Lining Highlands Aerial Park – This zip line park has varying zips, 4-8 or a Squealing Mare zip that reaches height of 210 feet above the ground.  They also offer a “family” zip line that runs between tree to tree, ages 5 and up.

Nantahala Outdoor Center NOC offers a Mountaintop Zip Line Tour.  The Mountaintop is perched on the rim of the Nantahala Gorge, over 600 feet above the Nantahala River below, gorgeous 360-degree views of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Nantahala Gorge.   This zip is from ridgeline to ridgeline (rather than tree to tree), a half-mile mega zip.  And, they also have  a “ZLAP.”  that features 16 aerial adventure elements, from beginner to advanced.  Riders can weigh as little as 60 pounds.  Both activities can include a Nantahala rafting trip for a day of adventure. 

Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tour takes you through multiple ecosystems, past hemlocks and into hardwood treetops.  High above the forest floor you’ll see mountain laurel, rhododendron, azalea and other native plants.  They have tours to include platforms that have Clingman’s Dome, Fontana Lake and waterfall views.  

They also offer KidZip Nantahala for kids 4-12 years old old in a scenic wooded adventure setting. With a continuous cable and roller system there is no clipping and unclipping for the participants like normal zips.

Jeep Mountain Tours Highlands Excursions offers a customized back country tour.  Their unique back country adventures include fun guided treks to waterfalls and spectacular mountain vistas.  Take the whole family in one vehicle, so much fun.

The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad The railroad is a great adventure.  They offer specialty trains, family open air cars and private first class cars.  A couple of the most popular trains is the Fall train and The Polar Express with Santa; kids wear the pj’s and re-enact the book. Just 45 min. from the cabins you can plan a day riding the rail!

Mountain Biking Western North Carolina’s mountains contain some of the best mountain biking to be found anywhere. Gravel roads that wind along lazy streams through forested valleys, or trails that climb up steep mountainsides and single track that traverses long, narrow ridgelines.  Whatever you’re looking for, be it a gentle cruise to a beautiful picnic spot, or a rugged descent on technical single track, you’ve chosen a great place to experience it all. 

Rent a bike and ride on the Little Tennessee River Greenway (a great activity for the kids).  Or do some serious mountain biking.  Stop in Smoky Mountain Bicycles in downtown Franklin and they’ll fix you up, provide info on the many mountain biking trails in our area.
GEM MINING Gem Mining has been a popular activity in our area since mining was introduced in
1870. Tiffany & Company (the world famous jeweler) as well as 2 other companies, American Prospecting & Mining Co. and US Ruby Mining Co. came to the area prospecting for ruby, sapphire, emerald and more.  This area is one of the few places in the world where gem stones are accessible at the earth’s surface.  We’ll provide a map to the mining locations.   “Salted” mines plant either native gems (ones found in the area) or non-native gems.- These “salted” buckets are great for kids. They have a blast when the water rushes through the dirt in their sifter box.  And, if you are a true rock hound, then make sure you are at a mine that offers “native dirt”or “dig your own bucket”. Mining in native dirt takes more patience and requires some assistance from the local staff.
At every mine, staff will show you what to look for. To the uninitiated eye, the gray stone you pluck from the dirt will look nothing like the sparkling gems fashioned into rings and necklaces. WOW factor: Imagine taking your unpolished stone to an artist in the area who will turn it into a thing of beauty.  Maps are provided at the cabin.
 
You can visit the Franklin Gem & Mineral Museum located in the 1850 Macon County Jail building which houses one of the largest gem collections in the Southeast.
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Luxury Cabin NC – Things to Do – Adventures

Zip Lining Highlands Aerial Park – This zip line park has varying zips, 4-8 or a Squealing Mare zip that reaches height of 210 feet above the ground.  They also offer a “family” zip line that runs between tree to tree, ages 5 and up.

Nantahala Outdoor Center NOC offers a Mountaintop Zip Line Tour.  The Mountaintop is perched on the rim of the Nantahala Gorge, over 600 feet above the Nantahala River below, gorgeous 360-degree views of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Nantahala Gorge.   This zip is from ridgeline to ridgeline (rather than tree to tree), a half-mile mega zip.  And, they also have  a “ZLAP.”  that features 16 aerial adventure elements, from beginner to advanced.  Riders can weigh as little as 60 pounds.  Both activities can include a Nantahala rafting trip for a day of adventure. 

Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tour takes you through multiple ecosystems, past hemlocks and into hardwood treetops.  High above the forest floor you’ll see mountain laurel, rhododendron, azalea and other native plants.  They have tours to include platforms that have Clingman’s Dome, Fontana Lake and waterfall views.  

They also offer KidZip Nantahala for kids 4-12 years old old in a scenic wooded adventure setting. With a continuous cable and roller system there is no clipping and unclipping for the participants like normal zips.

Jeep Mountain Tours Highlands Excursions offers a customized back country tour.  Their unique back country adventures include fun guided treks to waterfalls and spectacular mountain vistas.  Take the whole family in one vehicle, so much fun.

The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad The railroad is a great adventure.  They offer specialty trains, family open air cars and private first class cars.  A couple of the most popular trains is the Fall train and The Polar Express with Santa; kids wear the pj’s and re-enact the book. Just 45 min. from the cabins you can plan a day riding the rail!

Mountain Biking Western North Carolina’s mountains contain some of the best mountain biking to be found anywhere. Gravel roads that wind along lazy streams through forested valleys, or trails that climb up steep mountainsides and single track that traverses long, narrow ridgelines.  Whatever you’re looking for, be it a gentle cruise to a beautiful picnic spot, or a rugged descent on technical single track, you’ve chosen a great place to experience it all. 

Rent a bike and ride on the Little Tennessee River Greenway (a great activity for the kids).  Or do some serious mountain biking.  Stop in Smoky Mountain Bicycles in downtown Franklin and they’ll fix you up, provide info on the many mountain biking trails in our area.
GEM MINING Gem Mining has been a popular activity in our area since mining was introduced in
1870. Tiffany & Company (the world famous jeweler) as well as 2 other companies, American Prospecting & Mining Co. and US Ruby Mining Co. came to the area prospecting for ruby, sapphire, emerald and more.  This area is one of the few places in the world where gem stones are accessible at the earth’s surface.  We’ll provide a map to the mining locations.   “Salted” mines plant either native gems (ones found in the area) or non-native gems.- These “salted” buckets are great for kids. They have a blast when the water rushes through the dirt in their sifter box.  And, if you are a true rock hound, then make sure you are at a mine that offers “native dirt”or “dig your own bucket”. Mining in native dirt takes more patience and requires some assistance from the local staff.
At every mine, staff will show you what to look for. To the uninitiated eye, the gray stone you pluck from the dirt will look nothing like the sparkling gems fashioned into rings and necklaces. WOW factor: Imagine taking your unpolished stone to an artist in the area who will turn it into a thing of beauty.  Maps are provided at the cabin.
 
You can visit the Franklin Gem & Mineral Museum located in the 1850 Macon County Jail building which houses one of the largest gem collections in the Southeast.
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