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In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.
--John Muir, naturalist, 1918

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FRiends Of the Greenway (FROG)


Friends of the Greenway is a member organization formed to supplement and support efforts in the care and enhancement of the Little Tennessee River Greenway in Macon County, NC.


This scenic trail is owned and maintained by the County. FROG played an integral part in the establishment of the trail and continues to provide volunteers to assist with trail upkeep and to raise funds for Greenway-related enhancement projects. 

FROG Quarters is located on Main Street near the river and offers a Coffee Shop, and Gift Shop, featuring nature, FROG, and Greenway-related items for purchase, as well as Greenway maps.


The Greenway, an amazing community resource, is our passion!  


What is FROG?

About FROG...  

In the late 90's, many local citizens shared a dream to have a Greenway follow the Little Tennessee River through Franklin, NC. With County approval, Sally Kesler, a local advocate, knowledgeable botanist and naturalist was instrumental in laying the groundwork for the formation of a a non-profit corporation to assist the County in development, fund raising and stewardship of the Little Tennessee River Greenway. 

In 2002, Friends of the Greenway, Inc. was registered with the State of North Carolina as a non-profit corporation. The organization had a vital part in the development of the Greenway and has contributed to improvements and repairs since the beginning. FROG is independent from the County and functions on memberships, donations, sponsors, and grants. 

It's Mission is dedicated to: 

  • Working with local government in stewardship of the Little Tennessee River Greenway

  • Serving the community by providing enhancements to the Greenway 

  • Fostering environmental awareness through information and education

Participation can be in several different ways: 

  • Join the leadership team on the Board of Directors 

  • Become a paying Member who advocates for the Greenway. 

  • Become a volunteer

  • Donate to support FROG projects 

  • Plan an estate gift to ensure the organization continues activities into the future 

Consider Hopping Aboard!


FROG means Volunteers

Volunteers are members who want to make a personal commitment to work for the Greenway in some way beyond the greatly appreciated  monetary contributions.

These are the friends who identify projects or tasks and work to carry them out. Those with special interests and skills are invaluable. Together, this group works to improve the Greenway, promote the Greenway, and make enhancements on the Greenway.

The founders of the Greenway have made a positive impact on life in Franklin, NC.  It is now up to the present and new members to carry this great project forward. We always need fresh ideas and able bodies to do the things that must be done.

Fill out the volunteer form below so that we may contact you. 

We hope that you will join us in continuing to create a legacy for all to enjoy!

Volunteers are particularly needed in the following areas:

  • Leadership-Board member

  • Frog Quarters Gift and Coffee shop 

  • Greenway Memorials Coordinator

  • General office work 

  • Program development 

  • Website maintenance 

  • Facebook coordinator 

  • Trail work 

  • Plant identification  


Contact Friends of the Greenway

Thanks for reaching out!

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