Luxury Cabin NC – Other Activities

We’ve included just a few of the more popular activities in the mountains below,  activity books are at the cabins full of other things to do.  There’s Golfing at two courses in Franklin as well as other nearby public courses.  If you want a relaxing massage or visit a Spa we can recommend.  And winter activities such as snow tubing, skiing and ice skating can be found in nearby towns.  Just let us know your interests when you book.  

Horseback Riding Dillard House Stables in nearby Dillard offers both private and one hour rides on their grounds through pastures or a favorite ride is one that takes you through the middle of the Little Tennessee River.  

Chunky Gal Stables (about 40 min. drive) offers 1-4 hour long trail rides through Nantahala National Forest.  They offer several different options for trails depending on experience level and scenery.  They can accommodate all experience levels from the very inexperienced rider all the way to the most experienced riders.  And, they provide lessons.  
There are other stables near Cherokee and the Smoky Mountain National Park which are listed in our activity books at the cabins.

Nearby Towns/Cities Franklin’s central location in Western NC allows you to visit so many surrounding areas and towns.  To The East is Dillsboro and Sylva and Southeast is Highlands and Cashiers all within 30 minutes.  Within an hour Northeast you can visit Asheville, or head Northwest to Cherokee in 45 min.   You can plan a day trip  North and in less than an hour will be in The Great Smoky Mountain National Park (see the Elk)  and drive through the park to Gatlinburg is 2 hrs. from the cabin.

The Biltmore House & Winery Another idea is to plan a fun day visiting Asheville and touring the amazing  Biltmore House built in 1889-1895.  It was the luxurious family home of George and Edith Vanderbilt.  You’ll see displays of vintage clothing, accessories, art, furniture, and more that tell stories and illustrate the lives of the Vanderbilt family, their guests, and employees.  A self-guided visit is included in estate admission. An in-depth audio guide and guided specialty tours are also available at additional cost.  The grounds can be walked – the gardens are gorgeous.  There’s also the Farm at Antler Village, a great spot for the kids and The Winery offers tastings.   There are several restaurants on the grounds or at the Inn.

Christmas is a very popular time to visit the house as it is decorated with 55 elaborate hand-decorated trees including a 35-ft. live Fraser fir in the Banquet Hall, a thousand poinsettias, miles of garland and live music. Nov. – Jan.

Cherokee Cherokee is a nearby town on the reservation home of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation, you can be there in about 45 minutes.   At Oconaluftee Indian Village, the 18th-century Cherokee lifestyle is preserved via live demonstrations. In summer at the outdoor Mountainside Theatre, the drama “Unto These Hills” tells the tribal story.  You can also visit the Museum and Qualla Cultural Arts Center.  
A family fun day is to picnic at Oconaluftee Islands Park, an island oasis along the rushing Oconaluftee River. Wade in the refreshing waters along the riverbank. Enjoy a quiet picnic. Or walk around the nature trails. 

Fontana Lake The drive to Fontana Lake (about an hour) is beautiful and Fontana is the largest lake in Western North Carolina, surrounded by the Smoky Mountains.  The 480-ft. tall Fontana Dam is the highest dam east of the Rockies.  You can walk or drive across the dam.  Fishing, boating and swimming are all popular at Fontana.  
There’s boat and pontoon rentals.  We love to book a pontoon Sunset Cruise. 

Just for Kids Taking a vacation to the mountains with the kids is a way to get them “unplugged” and outside.  There are kid friendly hikes, zip lining, rafting and slow tubing floats on the Little Tennessee River.  They can enjoy a local swimming hole, or a stop by Cliffside Lake Recreation area for a day of picnicking, fishing and lake swimming.  They can learn to fish at Andy’s Trout Farm or rent a canoe or fish on the banks of the Little Tennessee River at Smoky Mountain Fish camp.  Franklin’s Fun Factory is a terrific rainy day place for indoor gaming, go carting, and pizza.  And, let’s not forget gem mining.  Both an educational and fun activity.

Shopping & Antiquing You’ll enjoy all our locally owned stores downtown Franklin.  Everything from NC made pottery, to household gifts, clothing, art & knitting.  If you’ve forgotten to pack hiking gear pop into Outdoor 76.   If you love antique shopping you’ll be very happy – 2 are downtown and one large antique mall is just a couple miles from the cabins.  If you have a bit of Scotland heritage visit the Scottish Tartans Museum and store.  Our major “box” stores are on the outskirts of town (grocery, Lowe’s, Walmart, fast food).  Nearby towns provide additional chances for both local made products and clothing.