Franklin is a town in Franklin Township, Macon County, North Carolina, United States, within the Nantahala National Forest. It is the county seat of Macon County. Franklin is an official Appalachian Trail friendly destination. The Franklin, North Carolina area is rich in gems and minerals and is known as the "Gem Capital of The World." According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.9 square miles (10 sq.km), of which, 3.8 square miles (9.8 sq.km) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 sq.km) of it (0.78%) is water.