Franklinville, established in 1847, is an idyllic former textile mill village located on the banks of the Deep River that is located 10 short miles east of Asheboro and 11 miles southeast of Randleman.
Explore the beauty and priceless history of the Deep River on the Deep River Rail-Trail. This three-quarter mile trail created by the old railroad bed makes it convenient for a variety of recreational activities including biking, jogging, and fishing along the river's edge. The trail is rich with textile history and sites linked to Native Americans and the Revolutionary War. The Deep River Rail Trail runs adjacent to the Deep River State Trail, a unit of the North Carolina state parks system that includes a paddle trail that runs through Guilford, Randolph, Chatham, Moore, and Lee counties.
Saddle up for horseback riding trails, Western trail riding instruction and other sepcial events including hayrides and hosting of private parties at Routh Horse Ranch.
The Town of Franklinville has designated the 1838 Franklinsville Manufacturing Company as an historic landmark. The Franklinsville Manufacturing Company, after being chartered by the NC Legislature in 1838, was the first corporation ever to conduct business in Randolph County. It was the second textile mill in the County, building on the success of the Cedar Falls mill partnership which had begun operations in a converted grist mill in 1836. Visitors should be aware that the building is privately owned and not open to the public at this time. For additional information on the history and heritage of the Franklinsville Manufacturing Company, please contact the Randolph County Historic Landmark Preservation Commission.