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Franklin Trail Days Celebration Schedule
Historic Franklin, North Carolina • March 20 - April 22, 2017

March 20- April 9 (seven days a week)
Free Hiker Breakfast sponsored by First Baptist Church. Enjoy all you can eat pancakes and bacon. Van Pickup 7:15 - 7:25am at Budget Inn, Sapphire Inn & Gooder Grove. For more information call (828) 369-9559

April 1
Thru-Hiker Chow Down sponsored by Nantahala Hiking Club and Lazy Hiker Brewing Company (LHBC) 12pm-3pm in the Yard at LHBC. We will be serving a chip-dog lunch for Thru-hikers. Come to meet the 2016 Thru-hikers! For more information call (828) 369-1983 or visit

April 8
Hiker Cookout at Gooder Grove. Come see the newest addition to hiker lodging in Franklin and relax beneath the pines. For more information call (828) 332 - 0228 or visit Gooder Grove on facebook.

April 15
Appalachian Trail hikers can enjoy Easter on the Trail, sponsored by the Nantahala Hiking Club. For more information call (828)369-8915 or visit the Nantahala Hiking Club facebook page.

April 15
Currahee Brewing Hiker Bash. Call (828) 634-0078 for more info or visit Currahee Brewing's facebook page.

April 22
AT Celebration at Lazy Hiker Brewing Co. – enjoy live music that will be playing outside in the Yard at Lazy Hiker Brewing Co. beginning at 7:30pm.

April 29
Beer. Bluegrass. BBQ, Spring Celebration (all day) with Outdoor 76. Come enjoy a day filled with all things Spring! Express your inner artist with Macon County Arts Council, learn more about trail systems in Macon County while visiting with the NC Bartram Trail Society and Nantahala Hiking Club. "Beer. Bluegrass. BBQ." will start at 5pm when local conservation group Main Spring Conservation (formerly Land Trust for the Little Tennessee) helps us fire up the smokers! Food and beer will be available for purchase, proceeds will benefit Main Spring Conservation. Music will be from 11-1pm, 2-4pm and 5-7pm. For more information call (828) 349-7676 or visit Outdoor 76's facebook page.


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2017 Walking with Spring, March & April programs - the Macon County Public Library is an Appalachian Trail Community Supporter. Since Franklin's designation in March of 2010 as an A.T. Community, MCPL has helped build public awareness about the significant resources and economic opportunities the Appalachian National Scenic Trail brings to Franklin as an A.T. Community.

The library's "Walking with Spring" series of movies and programs in partnership with the Nantahala Hiking Club and the Franklin Appalachian Trail Community corresponds with thru-hiker season in Franklin and highlights the A.T., its hikers, and other outdoor activities and environmental issues. All programs are free and open to the general public. Programs are in the library Meeting Room unless otherwise noted.

Call us at 828-524-3600 or visit for more information.

2017 Schedule of Events

Friday, March 10th 7:00 p.m. Nantahala Hiking Club members share stories & slides of hiking adventures

Thursday, March 23rd 2:00 p.m., new biographical documentary, “Trail Magic: the Grandma Gatewood Story”

Thursday, March 30th 2:00 p.m., new movie "Pete's Dragon"

Thursday, March 30th 7:00 p.m. Grandma Gatewood's Walk book talk with A.T. hiker/storyteller Nancy Reeder

Thursday, April 6th at 2:00 p.m. documentary “Cave of Forgotten Dreams”

Thursday, April 6th, 7:00 p.m. Bill Van Horn talk "A.T. Hikes in Macon County"

Thursday, April 13th , 2:00 p.m. new dramatic thriller “Deepwater Horizon”

Friday, April 14th 7:00 p.m. - Summit Charter School’s environmental education program

Thursday, April 20th, 6:00 p.m. Family Science Night at the Library

Thursday, April 27th, 2:00 p.m. new documentary “Dispatches from the Gulf”


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