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Things to do in Franklin County

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Natural Feature
“One of the great attractions to our area. Only a 40 minute drive to public lake access, camping, boating, State Park access, and lakefront dining.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Campground
“2 miles from The Fun Spot II. Excellent bike and hiking trails, boat launch, beach, and various other outdoor activities for the whole family.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Miscellaneous Shop
“There is an arcade, rock climbing wall, ice cream shop, Pizza Pub, sandwich shop, outdoor restaurant with live bands on the weekends, karaoke on Thursdays, a place to make your own pottery, and the chamber of commerce.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Campground
“Fairy Stone State Park is a beautiful place for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. There is also a beach with volleyball nets, picnic area, concession stand, a dock for diving, and water toys.”
  • 7 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Restaurant and Bar Great Sandwiches, This is at the Hales Ford Bridge, plenty to do with the kids near by which include Miniature Golf, Arcade, Carnival Amusements, feed the Fish, (Carp) Gift Shops and much more. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“This is at the Hales Ford Bridge, Live Music on the weekends, plenty to do with the kids near by which include Miniature Golf, Arcade, Carnival Amusements, feed the Fish, (Carp) Gift Shops and much more. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Campground
“Birthplace of Booker T. Washington. A former plantation provides a look into slavery and history.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Ice Cream Shop
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“Farm-to-table ice cream shop and farm market. Five farmers produce the milk and make their own ice cream on site. Quaint vintage outpost with flavored milk, sandwiches and local gourmet items. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Route
“The Blue Ridge Parkway is a National Parkway and All-American Road in the United States, noted for its scenic beauty. The parkway, which is America's longest linear park,[3] runs for 469 miles (755 km) through 29 Virginia and North Carolina counties, mostly along the Blue Ridge, a major mountain chain that is part of the Appalachian Mountains. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Awesome venue. A local treasure in Rocky Mount. Be sure to check out who is playing when you are at Pine Haven.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Movie Theater
  • 3 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Family style B,L, D., Home cooking at its best. You can get beer and wine if you desire. It's where the locals eat.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Clothing Store
“Boat and watercraft rentals (in addition to all the other shops and dining options at the Plaza)”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Upscale waterfront dining for special occasions. Amazing food, amazing views. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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  • 7 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“This sanctuary owned by Nature Conservancy and open to the public offers a hike to a waterfall through pristine wilderness”
  • 4 locals recommend

Top restaurants

American Restaurant
“Restaurant and Bar Great Sandwiches, This is at the Hales Ford Bridge, plenty to do with the kids near by which include Miniature Golf, Arcade, Carnival Amusements, feed the Fish, (Carp) Gift Shops and much more. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“This is at the Hales Ford Bridge, Live Music on the weekends, plenty to do with the kids near by which include Miniature Golf, Arcade, Carnival Amusements, feed the Fish, (Carp) Gift Shops and much more. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Ice Cream Shop
“Farm-to-table ice cream shop and farm market. Five farmers produce the milk and make their own ice cream on site. Quaint vintage outpost with flavored milk, sandwiches and local gourmet items. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Upscale waterfront dining for special occasions. Amazing food, amazing views. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“Family style B,L, D., Home cooking at its best. You can get beer and wine if you desire. It's where the locals eat.”
  • 8 locals recommend
American Restaurant
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Waterfront dining at Crystal Shores Marina - (16 miles ~ about 25 min from our property) *Closed during off season”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This exceptional restaurant is only 4 miles away and is know for excellent farm to table foods and drinks, indoor outdoor seating with a nice patio and their pizza.”
  • 4 locals recommend

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