In October we will be visiting in Townsend, TN. We will ride out to Franklin, NC on one of our days so the girls (6 and 13) can experience gem mining (none of us have done this before). Plus my husband and I would like to see the NC side of the Smokies. Anyone have any suggestions on the best route from Townsend to Franklin? Where we can possibly see things along the way. And is there anything we must do while in Franklin or along the way? Any places to get a special treat for the girls? Open to all suggestions. Thanks so much!!