Family Events in Franklin
Synchronous Firefly Night Walks
Journey to our secret location to witness one of the true wonders of nature, the incredible light display of the rare Synchronous Fireflies. These fireflies are known only to exist in two places in the world, Southeast Asia and some small pockets here in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Your guide will outfit you with our specially monogrammed safety vests and a flashlight and then lead you through the dark of night to our "secret" viewing locations. Timing is everything, so don't miss this dazzling phenomenon of nature. The fireflies are only around for approximately 21 days, usually late May and early June. Homemade cookies and milk provided. There is minimal walking involved as we travel to each unique viewing location by vehicle.
Visitors may combine the Evening Elk Eco-Tours with Synchronous Firefly Night Walks.
Beginning May 22 through June 12*
8:45 PM to 11:30 PM
$40 per person, four person minimum
Pick up meeting location near Waynesville, NC.
Cataloochee Valley Tours
*Dates subject to change depending are the actual date the fireflies begin their flashing. In the past, they have started as early as May 18, and as late as June 6. The weather plays an important factor as to when they emerge. Typically, the warmer it is, the earlier they start. It's all up to Mother Nature. This tour lasts approximately 2 to 3 hours.
Cataloochee Valley Tours is a nature-based Eco-Tour Company operating out of Waynesville, North Carolina at the easternmost boundary and gateway of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. They are officially authorized by the National Park Service to operate hiking and guide services throughout the entire park under a Commercial Use Authorization Permit.
Great Smokys Cabin Rentals Memorial Day Special
Great Smokys Cabin Rentals
Bryson City, NC 28713
The Spitfire Grill, a soul-satisfying musical
This uplifting musical depicts the journey of a young woman who decides to start her life anew in a small rural town. With infectious folk-inspired music and sassy characters, the humor and soul of America's heartland shines through. By Fred Alley, James Valcq & Lee David Zlotoff. May 29-31 & June 5-7.
You don't have to travel to the big city to see great acts - come see them at the Peacock, where you're never more than ten rows from the stage! The theater is right of the square in Hayesville. Enjoy live music, community theatre, special events & available rental. The Performing Center now offers wine for sale at our evening performances, along with soft drinks, bottled water & concessions. Enjoy a glass with friends in the lobby before the show or during intermission.
Visit www.peacockplayhouse.org for tickets and more information.
Peacock Performing Arts Center
301 Church Street
Hayesville, NC 28904
Oconaluftee Indian Village Now Open
One of Cherokee’s most popular tourist destinations, Oconaluftee Indian Village, has again opened to tourists. The attraction will remain open May 1 through Oct. 17.
The venue that replicates 18th-century Cherokee life attracts thousands of visitors from throughout the world each summer.
The village is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. with guided tours every 15 minutes except from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 2:30-3:30 p.m. The last tour is given at 4 p.m. and the village is closed on Sunday. Arts and crafts classes for children are held daily Monday through Saturday. Check with the box office for times and prices.
Oconaluftee Indian Village is located at 218 Drama Road.
For additional information visit: visitcherokeenc.com.
Plan Your 2015 Railroading Adventures NOW!
Find our 2015 SCHEDULE CLICK HERE! We are located in the heart of Bryson City, North Carolina. 226 Everett St. Bryson City, NC 28713.
Your journey begins in Bryson City! Our scenic rail excursions takes you from our historic depot through the beautiful countryside of Western North Carolina. Our variety of train excursions and special event trains makes us perfect for making memories! We are one of the top Fun Things to do in North Carolina for families. Dine in our First Class Cars with a private attendant and breathtaking views or take it all in while riding in an open air gondola! Step on board for your next rail adventure!
Reservations Line: 800-872-4681 Group Sales: 800-872-4681 x3 Find the full schedule online at www.GSMR.com
North Carolina's Smoky Mountains
Smoky Mountain Host is located in Western North Carolina in the Great Smoky Mountains. Smoky Mountain Host provides Western North Carolina travel guides, family travel activities, and attractions in Clay, Cherokee, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, and Swain Counties as well as the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation.
Plan your family vacation, romantic getaway, destination wedding, or a day in the wilderness with Smoky Mountain Host. You will find lodging that fits your style and budget, shops that sell everything from souvenirs to exquisite mountain crafts, and exciting outdoor adventures for everyone in the family.
Our Western North Carolina attractions include Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, The Factory, Nantahala Outdoor Center, Harrah's Casino, Oconaluftee Indian Village, John C. Campbell Folk School, Gem Mining, Golfing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Canoeing/Rafting, Snow Skiing, and Arts & Theatre. These are just a few of the adventures awaiting for you in Western North Carolina.
This website and our FREE travel guide provides information on Western North Carolina, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, and Waterfalls. Communities in Western North Carolina include Andrews, Asheville, Balsam, Brasstwon, Bryson City, Candler, Cashiers, Cherokee, Cullowhee, Dillsboro, Fontana Dam, Franklin, Hayesville, Highlands, Maggie Valley, Murphy, Nantahala, Otto, Robbinsville, Scaly Mountain, Sylva, Waynesville, and Whittier.