M&N Lodge Guidebook

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M&N Lodge Guidebook

Outdoor Activities

Hiking, Zip-lining, and Rafting
Scenic walking-running trail along the Little Tennessee River and runs through Franklin, NC - butterfly garden, trails, bridges, marshes, and more!
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Little Tennessee River Greenway
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Scenic walking-running trail along the Little Tennessee River and runs through Franklin, NC - butterfly garden, trails, bridges, marshes, and more!
The North Carolina section of the A.T. rises to spectacular summits — including the 6,643-foot Clingmans Dome, the highest mountain on the A.T. — and drops into the dark and steep walls of the Nantahala River Gorge.
Appalachian Trail
The North Carolina section of the A.T. rises to spectacular summits — including the 6,643-foot Clingmans Dome, the highest mountain on the A.T. — and drops into the dark and steep walls of the Nantahala River Gorge.
Bartram Trail: Hickory Knoll Road to The Pinnacle is a 4.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Franklin, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching. The Bartram Trail follows the approximate route of 18th-century naturalist William Bartram’s southern journey from March 1773 to January 1777. Bartram explored much of the territory which is now the states of North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee. The most established section is a hiking trail that winds about 115 miles (185 km) from the North Georgia mountains into North Carolina. It has been designated as a National Recreation Trail in Georgia, North Carolina, and Alabama. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/north-carolina/bartram-trail-hickory-knoll-road-to-the-pinnacle The Hickory Knoll trailhead is about a 15 minute drive from the M&N Lodge.
Bartram Trail Road
Bartram Trail: Hickory Knoll Road to The Pinnacle is a 4.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Franklin, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching. The Bartram Trail follows the approximate route of 18th-century naturalist William Bartram’s southern journey from March 1773 to January 1777. Bartram explored much of the territory which is now the states of North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee. The most established section is a hiking trail that winds about 115 miles (185 km) from the North Georgia mountains into North Carolina. It has been designated as a National Recreation Trail in Georgia, North Carolina, and Alabama. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/north-carolina/bartram-trail-hickory-knoll-road-to-the-pinnacle The Hickory Knoll trailhead is about a 15 minute drive from the M&N Lodge.
Zip-line through the mountains! Thrilling adventures for all ages...unequaled views...unbeatable fun! The Highlands Aerial Park is about 25-30 minutes from the M&N Lodge. https://www.highlandsaerialpark.com/
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Highlands Aerial Park
9625 Dillard Road
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Zip-line through the mountains! Thrilling adventures for all ages...unequaled views...unbeatable fun! The Highlands Aerial Park is about 25-30 minutes from the M&N Lodge. https://www.highlandsaerialpark.com/
Great hiking and amazing views at this Georgia State Park. One of the most spectacular canyons in the eastern U.S., Tallulah Gorge is two miles long and nearly 1,000 feet deep. Visitors can hike rim trails to several overlooks, or they can obtain a permit to hike to the gorge floor (100 per day, not available during water releases). A suspension bridge sways 80 feet above the rocky bottom, providing spectacular views of the river and waterfalls. Tightrope walkers have twice crossed the gorge, and visitors can still see towers used by Karl Wallenda. A paved path follows an on old railroad bed, perfect for strollers and bicycles, while mountain bikers can test their skills on a challenging 10 mile trail.
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Tallulah Gorge
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Great hiking and amazing views at this Georgia State Park. One of the most spectacular canyons in the eastern U.S., Tallulah Gorge is two miles long and nearly 1,000 feet deep. Visitors can hike rim trails to several overlooks, or they can obtain a permit to hike to the gorge floor (100 per day, not available during water releases). A suspension bridge sways 80 feet above the rocky bottom, providing spectacular views of the river and waterfalls. Tightrope walkers have twice crossed the gorge, and visitors can still see towers used by Karl Wallenda. A paved path follows an on old railroad bed, perfect for strollers and bicycles, while mountain bikers can test their skills on a challenging 10 mile trail.

Sightseeing

Franklin, North Carolina is a classic slice of Small Town America. Our heritage is showcased in the three museums all located within walking distance of each other on Town Hill. During the Spring and Summer months the Town sponsors Pickin' on the Square with free, live entertainment downtown at the Gazebo on the square. Franklin's location affords residents and visitors an extraordinary outdoor experience from white water rafting and over 600 miles of hiking trails (including the Appalachian Trail and Bartram Trail), to camping, hunting and fishing.
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Franklin
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Franklin, North Carolina is a classic slice of Small Town America. Our heritage is showcased in the three museums all located within walking distance of each other on Town Hill. During the Spring and Summer months the Town sponsors Pickin' on the Square with free, live entertainment downtown at the Gazebo on the square. Franklin's location affords residents and visitors an extraordinary outdoor experience from white water rafting and over 600 miles of hiking trails (including the Appalachian Trail and Bartram Trail), to camping, hunting and fishing.
The county seat and Rabun County’s oldest city, Clayton is a classically beautiful mountain enclave. It is as old railroad town with a main street lined with unique shops, galleries, dining and lodging. The community has done a wonderful job of preserving its architectural heritage, balancing its older structures splendidly with its more recent development. Clayton is situated at the southern base of 3,640-foot Black Rock Mountain. Immediately to the east of the city is 3,000-foot Screamer Mountain. Other Blue Ridge Mountain peaks between 2,500 and 3,800 feet surround the city.
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Clayton
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The county seat and Rabun County’s oldest city, Clayton is a classically beautiful mountain enclave. It is as old railroad town with a main street lined with unique shops, galleries, dining and lodging. The community has done a wonderful job of preserving its architectural heritage, balancing its older structures splendidly with its more recent development. Clayton is situated at the southern base of 3,640-foot Black Rock Mountain. Immediately to the east of the city is 3,000-foot Screamer Mountain. Other Blue Ridge Mountain peaks between 2,500 and 3,800 feet surround the city.
Wayah Bald is a high-altitude treeless open area in Nantahala National Forest, near Franklin, North Carolina. The Wayah Bald Observation Tower is located at the area's highest point; the stone observation tower was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1937 for fire detection. Elevation: 5,342 ft There are trails and hikes near this area, so can be an outdoor or sightseeing adventure!
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Wayah Bald
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Wayah Bald is a high-altitude treeless open area in Nantahala National Forest, near Franklin, North Carolina. The Wayah Bald Observation Tower is located at the area's highest point; the stone observation tower was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1937 for fire detection. Elevation: 5,342 ft There are trails and hikes near this area, so can be an outdoor or sightseeing adventure!
The road from Franklin to Highlands (US 64) is scenic as you wind along the Cullasaja River Gorge and allows access to Dry Falls and Bridal Veil Falls before arriving on quaint Main Street of Highlands. Shopping and dining locations up and down Main Street will keep you busy for a day (or more)! Head back via NC 106 and stop by Glen Falls (short hike) for another beautiful NC Waterfall! Highlands Aerial Park is another stop on NC 106.
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Highlands
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The road from Franklin to Highlands (US 64) is scenic as you wind along the Cullasaja River Gorge and allows access to Dry Falls and Bridal Veil Falls before arriving on quaint Main Street of Highlands. Shopping and dining locations up and down Main Street will keep you busy for a day (or more)! Head back via NC 106 and stop by Glen Falls (short hike) for another beautiful NC Waterfall! Highlands Aerial Park is another stop on NC 106.

Food scene

The Universal Joint in Clayton is a neighborhood pub offering a variety of excellent beers and food and atmosphere. The U-Joint offers some of the best burgers, classic & unique, around along with a great variety of other fun options. Bring the whole family and enjoy the U-Joint Clayton. Universal Joint Clayton is located on Main St. in Clayton, GA. We make everything in house and fresh daily! Known for our Burgers but we have a bit of everything! Dogs are welcome! Full bar with 17 draft beers on tap. Walk-Ins Welcome, Good For Groups, Good For Kids, Take Out, Waiter Service and Outdoor Seating For more information go to http://ujclayton.com/
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Universal Joint
109 North Main Street
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The Universal Joint in Clayton is a neighborhood pub offering a variety of excellent beers and food and atmosphere. The U-Joint offers some of the best burgers, classic & unique, around along with a great variety of other fun options. Bring the whole family and enjoy the U-Joint Clayton. Universal Joint Clayton is located on Main St. in Clayton, GA. We make everything in house and fresh daily! Known for our Burgers but we have a bit of everything! Dogs are welcome! Full bar with 17 draft beers on tap. Walk-Ins Welcome, Good For Groups, Good For Kids, Take Out, Waiter Service and Outdoor Seating For more information go to http://ujclayton.com/
This is the spot in Franklin for Mexican Food. Great food with great prices, they treat everyone like family. It is a nice family owned business with great beer and margarita pitchers.
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Las Barricas
2722 Georgia Rd
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This is the spot in Franklin for Mexican Food. Great food with great prices, they treat everyone like family. It is a nice family owned business with great beer and margarita pitchers.
Caffé Rel, a Franklin bistro built into the side of a gas station, is a must stop for the foodie. Yes, you may stand in line outside in the Hot Spot (gas station) parking lot, because Caffé Rel does not take reservations, nor does it have a waiting area. No credit cards accepted means packing cash or a check, or a visit to the ATM in the adjacent gas station store. However, once you open the menu, you realize why this petite bistro has been working for chef/owner Richard E. Long. After 12 years in operation, the mystique lingers, and the kitchen continues to turn out French (and some Italian) cuisine for an ardent fan base of locals and adventurous diners. Check out their FaceBook page for hours and specials. Typically only open Wednesday-Saturday 11am-8:30pm https://www.facebook.com/CaffeRel/
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Caffè Rel
459 East Main Street
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Caffé Rel, a Franklin bistro built into the side of a gas station, is a must stop for the foodie. Yes, you may stand in line outside in the Hot Spot (gas station) parking lot, because Caffé Rel does not take reservations, nor does it have a waiting area. No credit cards accepted means packing cash or a check, or a visit to the ATM in the adjacent gas station store. However, once you open the menu, you realize why this petite bistro has been working for chef/owner Richard E. Long. After 12 years in operation, the mystique lingers, and the kitchen continues to turn out French (and some Italian) cuisine for an ardent fan base of locals and adventurous diners. Check out their FaceBook page for hours and specials. Typically only open Wednesday-Saturday 11am-8:30pm https://www.facebook.com/CaffeRel/

Local Wineries and Craft Breweries

12 Spies Vineyards is tucked between the North East Mountains to the west and the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest to the east. The sunsets are spectacular and views from the vineyard are stunning. There are many gardens filled with gourds, pumpkins, flowers and vegetables scattered around the 9 acre property. Bring your camera and enjoy a glass of wine from the covered deck or take a relaxing walk. http://www.12spiesvineyards.com/
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12 Spies Vineyards
550 Black Branch Road
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12 Spies Vineyards is tucked between the North East Mountains to the west and the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest to the east. The sunsets are spectacular and views from the vineyard are stunning. There are many gardens filled with gourds, pumpkins, flowers and vegetables scattered around the 9 acre property. Bring your camera and enjoy a glass of wine from the covered deck or take a relaxing walk. http://www.12spiesvineyards.com/
Lazy Hiker Brewing Company has been crafting great beer and community since 2015. Located in the former town hall and fire department, our brewery in Franklin includes a taproom, an outdoor patio, and an outdoor event space. https://lazyhikerbrewing.com/
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Lazy Hiker Brewing Co.
188 West Main Street
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Lazy Hiker Brewing Company has been crafting great beer and community since 2015. Located in the former town hall and fire department, our brewery in Franklin includes a taproom, an outdoor patio, and an outdoor event space. https://lazyhikerbrewing.com/
Currahee Brewing Company has been in operation since early 2016, with 2 locations—one in Franklin NC and the other in Alpharetta GA—and a third upcoming location in Clayton, GA. Our main production facility is in Franklin NC, which is located right off Main Street sitting on the Little Tennessee River. Our brewery in Franklin includes a taproom, a bier garden over looking the river, a kayak put-in and take out, outdoor music stage and a food truck. https://curraheebrew.com/about/
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Currahee Brewing Company
100 Lakeside Dr
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Currahee Brewing Company has been in operation since early 2016, with 2 locations—one in Franklin NC and the other in Alpharetta GA—and a third upcoming location in Clayton, GA. Our main production facility is in Franklin NC, which is located right off Main Street sitting on the Little Tennessee River. Our brewery in Franklin includes a taproom, a bier garden over looking the river, a kayak put-in and take out, outdoor music stage and a food truck. https://curraheebrew.com/about/