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bear495 Franklin - A travel report by Russ
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Franklin,  United States - flag United States -  North Carolina
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Gem City, USA

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Franklin, North Carolina has the reputation as being the Gem City of the USA. This is because of all of the natural rubies and sapphires that can be found in the area. My wife and I had the habit of traveling to Franklin at least once per month when we lived in Georgia. Now, it is a yearly visit. We find that going into the mountains to the 'Gem Mines' is relaxing, and somewhat rewarding. Our favorite location is Gold City Gem Mines.

Favourite spots:
Gold City Gem Mines - visit for local souvenirs and 'mine' for some stones Nantahala Gorge - about 30 miles west of Franklin Chattooga River - about 25 miles south of Franklin. Try out the white water rafting.

What's really great:
We went to Franklin especially for the gemstonbe mining. We usually spent a lot of money having some stones cut and set for my wife.

Sights:
Nantahala Gorge
Chattooga River
Gold City Gem Mines
Dillsboro - about 15 miles north

Restaurants:
Ponderosa Steak House - this chain serving steaks is inexpensive and easy to be served
Fat Buddies Barbeque - the BBQ is very tasty and is served in large portions

Published on Wednesday June 4th, 2003


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