Come Explore Franklinton

Ideally located just north of the booming economy of the renowned Research Triangle area, Franklinton provides locals with a quiet, relaxed, small-town lifestyle close to nature. Yet with proximity to all of the excitement that the nearby Durham, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill areas have to offer, residents of Franklinton get to enjoy the best of both worlds. Neighborhoods in Franklinton appreciate large lots that display a variety of home design styles featuring raised ceilings, updated kitchens, and spacious windows that allow plenty of natural light in a wide range of price points. Surrounded by rolling green hills and heavily wooded forests halfway between the mountains and the ocean, Franklinton is a deeply rooted and welcoming community where you'll discover endless opportunities for memorable moments.

Our Comprehensive Area Guide 

Since there's a seemingly endless list of things to do and see in Franklinton, our Spencer Properties team thought we would create a comprehensive area guide for you—this way, you can experience Franklinton like a true local! Take some time to acquaint yourself with the city, and then make sure to join our VIP list to get the area's latest listings sent directly to you! 

Franklinton at a Glance


Population: 2,427
County: Franklin
Median Home Value: $320,000
Median Rent: $795

Getting Around

To Raleigh-Durham Int'l Airport: 43 mins
To Youngsville: 10 mins
To Cary: 49 mins
To Durham: 38 mins

Our Top Picks for Franklinton

Want to know our favorite local spots? We have a feeling they may become your favorites, too!


There's a depth and a richness to living in Franklinton, and when it comes to dining, locals savor near-limitless options to indulge in inspired food from around the world, thanks to the nearby Triangle area. However, in downtown Franklinton, residents appreciate plenty of favorite spots, such as the aptly named and beloved Hometown Cafe, where authentic, scratch-made Southern cuisine served with a side of welcoming charm has kept locals coming back for more. Founded by a group of food-obsessed friends who use freshness and creativity as their secret ingredients to serve up real-deal tacos, Toros Tacos & Tequila is a perfect excuse to take a siesta.


Don't let the small size of Franklinton fool you because when it comes to festivals, this welcoming community's small-town spirit of exuberant charm keeps the calendar packed with fun for everyone. From the annual Franklinton Christmas Parade to the one-of-a-kind Frankenfest extravaganza celebrating the Halloween and Autumn season, where you'll discover all sorts of family-friendly spooky fun, Franklinton has something for everyone. Scattered throughout the year, residents of Franklinton also enjoy outdoor movie nights, food-truck pop-up events, and a night of Fourth of July fireworks. Thanks to its proximity to the Triangle area, living in Franklinton means having convenient access to plenty of sporting events, concert festivals featuring well-known artists, history and art museums, and various food celebrations featuring passionate chefs and food enthusiasts from around the world.


With an easy commute to plenty of local stores that supply all of your daily needs, residents in Franklinton appreciate their calm, slower pace of life when running their errands, which keeps their day-to-day tasks stress-free. Being so close to Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and Wake Forest, however, means you'll never have far to travel to find that perfect gift for that special occasion. Featuring a fantastic shopping scene that provides excellent local boutiques, designer stores, main streets with quaint shops, and major malls such as the Crabtree Valley Mall offering all of the top fashion trends, your proximity to the esteemed Triangle area supplies you with plenty of shopping, dining and leisure options.


Living in Franklinton offers residents easy access to the quiet splendor of the great outdoors that North Carolina supplies in abundance. Nearby Falls Lake State Recreation Area is a 12,000-acre reservoir that provides seven access points scattered around its shoreline for kayaking, fishing, and waterboarding. In addition, the Mountains-to-Sea State Trail network is a centerpiece of genuine North Carolina beauty, offering more than 300 campsites that accommodate RV hookups and primitive tent camping, along with numerous paths perfect for a day of biking, hiking, or serene strolls. Open seven days a week and with more than 30,000 square feet, the nearby Raleigh Farmers Market provides the Franklinton community with fresh, locally grown produce, meats, and cheeses from area farmers year-round. Franklinton features a multigenerational community garden closer to home where all are welcome to learn and grow.

Community Guide to Franklinton

Franklinton Attractions

Ready to Be a Franklinton Local?

Searching for your dream home in Franklinton or want to learn more about what it’s like to live in the City of Oaks? We’ve got the real estate resources and personalized advice to help you out—we've been living here quite a while ourselves! Contact our team to learn more and schedule a showing of your favorite homes, and you can check out our exclusive buyer resources below.