Come to Historic Franklin, North Carolina for April Fool's Trail Days and the annual Hiker Bash as we celebrate our appreciation of Appalachian Trail Hikers. As an Appalachian Trail Community (Appalachian Trail Conservancy), Franklin opens the town to all hikers of the Appalachian Trail as you start their journey north to Katahdin.
Franklin is located 11 miles from the AT and is considered a welcome respite from the cold and usually wet early spring weather. You'll find plenty of good food, great conversation and lots to do during this weekend celebration.
Come out and help us celebrate this unique festival that honors our friends who hike along the Appalachian Trail from year to year. These folks come into our town of Franklin, which is just 11 miles East of the nearest "AT" intersection, for supplies, restaurants, ATM use, laundry services and more. Help us show our appreciation for these individuals as they make their way North along the Trail.
Franklin, NC also features two Outifitters, Three Eagles and Outdoor 76. Both feature quality gear and everything you need for the trail.
If coming from the South (Atlanta, Florida, SC), take U.S. 441/23 North into Franklin where you will stay on 441 as it changes to 'Business 441 North.' This takes you into Franklin via two lanes. At your first light continue through it and bear to the left, taking you by the Franklin Chamber of Commerce on your left and Franklin High School on your right. At the next light, go right and up the hill along 441 Business to the light at the top of the hill. Go straight through and continue for another 0.2 mile to a the short 'Patton Ave' on your left. Go to the top of the hill and at the stop sign take a left onto Main Street.