Monday, May 18, 2009

Mountain Treasures

Mountain Treasures, Simple Pleasures

Nearly half of Macon County, of which Franklin is the county seat, lies within the Nantahala National Forest. Comprised of over a half-million acres of unspoiled beauty, this magnificent forest is just waiting to be explored. The Nantahala is the largest of the four national forests in North Carolina.

The rolling mountains rise to a series of peaks over 5,000 feet high from the valley of the Little Tennessee River, creating spectacular vistas and a richness of natural beauty that have entranced visitors since the 18th Century.

Spectacular waterfalls, fantastic hiking trails, pristine fishing streams and abundant wildlife are among the area’s many natural treasures. Franklin is situated between two popular scenic gorges, the Cullasaja and the Nantahala. In its rush downhill the Cullasaja takes some spectacular spills, creating lower Cullasaja Falls with a drop of 250 feet. Dry Falls is a favorite with visitors who can actually walk behind the roaring 75 foot wall of water. (the pictures above are pictures of Cullasaja Falls, the Dry Falls are temporarily closed, doing construction at site)

The mountainscape is lined with many wonderful hiking trails including the famous Appalachain trail which meanders for 60 miles along the crest of the Nantahala Mountains.

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