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You'll find that getting to and from The Appalachian Trail very simple!

If you're not able to catch our transit that runs during peak season from Rock Gap and Winding Stair Gap then there are plenty of private and volunteer shuttles! 

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Stay A While!

Franklin offers a wide variety of lodging that will fit anyone's wallet!  We have everything from hostels, hotels to campgrounds that are looking forward to accommodating hikers and outdoor enthusiasts alike! 

Click the links below to find lodging that are A.T. Supporters!

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Get Geared Up!

Franklin is home to two of the most premier outfitters on the A.T.!

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Three Eagles

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Programs Around Town

In addition to our A.T. Celebration, people around Franklin are always looking for ways to support hikers!


The First Baptist Church of Franklin, NC provides a free breakfast to A.T. hikers daily from March 14 – April 14 at 7:15am. All the pancakes and bacon you can eat. Van pickup available. In addition to the breakfast, the church offers to take a photo of each hiker and mail it to a friend or loved one along with a note written by the hiker, leaving hikers with a full belly and fond Franklin memories.
For more information:

call 828-369-9559. 69 Iotla St, Franklin, NC


The Nantahala Hiking Club and Lazy Hiker Brewing welcome all thru-hikers for free food, games, and great beer!  Come mingle with your fellow hikers and enjoy Trail Days in Franklin!

For more information check out Facebook or The A.T. Celebration page.  188 W Main St, Franklin, NC

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