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Last week, four of the 69 interpretive signs on the new Blue Ridge Heritage Trail were installed in Macon County. The three in Franklin tell the stories of the Little Tennessee River Greenway, North Carolina Bartram Trail, and Gem Mining. A fourth will be located at Nantahala Lake.

"It was a grant awarded to several organizations four or five years ago and the interpretive signs were placed only last week," said Franklin Mayor Bob Scott. "They look great. Any signs of a historical nature that informs the public of our rich heritage is welcome by me. Anything we can do to showcase our history and place the information in public spaces performs a public service. So often our heritage is left out of history books so this fills in a gap. There are several such signs around Franklin. One at the Nikwasi Mound, the courthouse, the Macon County Historical Museum, and the Greenway."


Focus was on ideas for promoting AT communities.

To continue building Franklin as a destination for outdoor adventure, co-chairs of Franklin's Appalachian Trail Community Committee (ATCC) Rob Gasbarro and Matt Bateman spent the first week of November at the first annual AT Community Summit in Shepherdstown, W.Va.

Bateman and Gasbarro spent three days networking with more than 20 Appalachian Trail Communities that span from Georgia to Maine to better strengthen Franklin's stance as an Appalachian Trail Community.


To increase public transportation for Appalachian Trail hikers, the Franklin Tourism Development Authority voted to enter into an interlocal agreement with Macon County to provide a $3,375 grant to expand the Macon County Transit's shuttle service to and from the Appalachian Trail.

Over the last few years, Macon County Transit, on a request basis, has shuttled hikers from trail heads in Macon County into Franklin. Because the cost of the on-demand service was not something Kim Angel, Macon County Transit Director thought could be sustainable alone, last year the transit worked with the Appalachian Trail Community Council to develop a six-week pilot program that provides two trips a day to and from the Appalachian Trail.


Community’s request could take until spring to complete.

After years of trying to establish a safe recreation spot at Nantahala Lake, Macon County Commissioners voted to approve an application Tuesday night that would begin the process to work with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission to establish a "no wake zone" within the Lakes End Cove area of Nantahala Lake.

Daniel Lopp, a member of the Nantahala community, has been petitioning commissioners to make a request to the state for months and with the help of North Carolina Wildlife Resource Officer Mark Ray, gained the approval of commissioners Tuesday night.


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