Franklin: A City Rich in History & Business Friendly
Welcome to Franklin
Located just south of Nashville, Franklin is a beautiful town with a historic past and a promising future. The city was founded in 1799 and serves as the county seat of Williamson County. Franklin has won many awards and honors over the years, including “Best Southern Town” and a top “Business-Friendly City.” In August 2020, the city was given one of the ten “All-America City” awards in the United States. Franklin has also been recognized by the National Civic League for its inclusive efforts toward promoting health, well-being, and strong relationships among residents, businesses, and local leaders.
A Rich Southern History
New residents of Franklin will quickly learn that history is a huge part of the town - so much so that the city has become a popular tourist destination. One of the most notable historic sites is the “Battle of Franklin,” where one of the largest Civil War battles took place over 150 years ago. To learn more about Franklin’s rich history, go to visitfranklin.com or head to the Visitors Center in downtown Franklin. The city offers free, self-guided walking tours, such as the African American Heritage tour and the Tennessee Civil War Trail.
Celebrating the Historic Downtown
One of the most recognizable features of Franklin is its beautiful downtown. With Victorian architecture and historically restored buildings, Historic Downtown Franklin is frequently filled with residents and visitors alike. One of Franklin’s notable buildings, the Franklin Theatre, was recently renovated into a brand-new music venue. Downtown Franklin includes 15 blocks of antique stores, gift shops, boutiques, and restaurants. The city also hosts several annual festivals in the downtown area, such as the Main Street Festival, a Fourth of July celebration, PumpkinFest, and Dickens of a Christmas.
Franklin offers many city services and amenities for its residents. All homes and businesses receive free garbage pick-up, and recycling pick-up is also provided for homes. For public transportation, residents can ride the bus or trolley throughout the city for a small fee. For a route map, visit www.franklintransit.org.
Sports and Recreation
Williamson County Parks and Recreation Department offers many recreational sports for both adult and youth residents. Learn more at their website, www.WCParksandRec.com. There are also several independent youth sports associations throughout the city. Grassland Athletic Association, www.PlayGrassland.com, offers a variety of youth sports such as baseball, basketball, softball, and volleyball. If your child is interested in football or cheerleading, sign up at www.FranklinCowboys.org. For baseball, the Franklin Baseball Club, www.FBCbaseball.org, has over 1,600 participants every year.
Parks, Playgrounds & More
Throughout Franklin, you can find 18 different parks with amenities such as walking trails, playgrounds, picnic areas, fishing ponds, and more. These parks are all maintained by the City Parks Department. One of Franklin’s most notable parks is the Park at Harlinsdale Farm, located at 239 Franklin Road. With over 200 acres of land, the park has a four-acre dog park, a three-acre catch-and-release fishing pond, a 5k soft-turf track for walking and running, and an equestrian trail. For athletic fields, check out Jim Warren Park, Liberty Park, and Fieldstone Park. The parks of Franklin are also the stage for a variety of events and festivals throughout the year. These include movie nights, the Arbor Day festival, arts festivals, and more.
Another favorite feature of Franklin is the Harpeth River, often used for canoeing, kayaking, and fishing. The city offers several access points to the river. For more information about parks and recreation in Franklin, visit www.FranklinTN.gov.
Cheek Park (Joel Creek Park) (Claude Yates Drive)
Baseball field, soccer fields, playground, walking trail, concessions
Fly Park (3620 N Chapel Road)
Softball fields, meeting room, pavilion, concessions
Judge Fulton Greer Park (1120 Fulton Greer Lane)
Tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, soccer fields, playground, outdoor walking trail, pavilions
Timberland Park (Mile Marker, 437.2 Natchez Trace Pkwy - Location: Access the Natchez Trace Pkwy from Hwy 96 W. At the top of the ramp, turn south (left) onto Pkwy. Park is on right.)
Interpretive center, hiking trails, ADA accessible trail, RV turnaround
Trinity Park (Cecil Lewis Park at Trinity) (3680 N Chapel Road)
Youth baseball fields, soccer fields, playground, walking trail, pavilion
Williamson County Soccer Complexes-East & West (1874 Downs Boulevard)
Soccer fields, playground, walking trail, pavilion
Wilkins Branch Mountain Bike Park (5664 Wilkins Branch Road)
156 acres of hilly and wooded land
Dedicated mountain bike park includes miles of single-track trail consisting of beginner through advanced flow and downhill trails. Phases one and two of development feature 13 trails over approximately 6 miles.
Aspen Grove Park (3200 Aspen Grove Drive)
Large covered pavilion with built-in barbecue pit, .8 mile walking trail that loops around park and Spencer Creek, playground
Bicentennial Park (400 5th Avenue N)
Greenway, overlook of the Harpeth River is a great location for fishing
Collins Farm (418 Lewisburg Pike)
3 acre historic park near the Eastern Flank Battle Park and Carnton Plantation
Carter Hill Park (1259 Columbia)
1 acre historic park is a monument to the Assault on the Cotton Gin during the Battle of Franklin
Del Rio Park (1100 Del Rio Court)
Neighborhood park in Rogersshire Subdivision, gazebo, playground and picnic table with grill
Dry Branch Storm Water Basin (7001 Moores Lane)
6 acre passive and rustic park
Natural walking path with interpretive signage and view corridors for bird watching, native trees and foliage
Fieldstone Park (1377 Hillsboro Road)
2 large pavilions, 4 adult softball fields, playground, grills
Fort Granger Park (113 Fort Granger)
14.5 acres located behind Pinkerton Park
Walking trail leads to an overlook of the south part of the city. Surrounding the perimeter of the site are trenches dug by Civil War Troops.
Pinkerton Park (405 Murfreesboro Road )
A pedestrian bridge connects downtown area with Pinkerton Park, 3 pavilions, 1 mile walking trail, Tinkerbell playground, children’s playground, grills
Jim Warren Park (705 Boyd Mill Ave)
2 pavilions, 12 lighted baseball fields, 4 football fields, 2 multi-purpose fields, 2 playgrounds, 8 tennis courts, 2.5 mile walking trail, catch and release pond, outdoor basketball court, 16,000 sq. ft skatepark
Liberty Park (2080 Turning Wheel Lane)
3 tournament play baseball fields, 10 hole disc golf course
The Park at Harlinsdale Farm South Entrance (Main Entrance) 239 Franklin Road or North Entrance 331Franklin Road
200 acres of rolling farmland
4 acre dog park, 3 acre catch and release fishing pond, 5k soft turf track for walking or running, equestrian trail
Winstead Hill Park (4023 Columbia Ave)
61 acre historic battle site
¾ mile walking trail, Civil War Monument
For more information about your new hometown, check out the E-Magazine for our guide to moving to Williamson or Maury Counties.