Franklin, TN Sports and Recreation Overview

By Chris Russell on May 2, 2014 at 6:00 am EST

PHOTO CREDIT: Jeffrey S. Otto

Williamson County is a hub of activity, but is also home to many scenic refuges of peace and quiet. Set against the backdrop of the Tennessee hills, its many parks are perfect for hiking, picnicking, or just enjoying the outdoors. There are also several athletic fields for the active nature lover.

Nature’s Bounty

Bowie Nature Park in Fairview is 700 acres with 17 miles of walking trails. The park also boasts a modern nature center, as well as an outdoor classroom to teach students about the area’s natural resources. Children will enjoy the Treehouse Playground, while visitors of all ages will appreciate the opportunity to bike, hike, ride horses and picnic.

Deerwood Arboretum & Nature Center in Brentwood features 27 acres of native beauty and almost 70 different species of trees. Those who love an active lifestyle can visit the bikeway and jogging trails, and nature enthusiasts of all kinds will appreciate the wildflower meadow and amphitheater at this state-certified arboretum.

Brentwood’s Owl's Hill Nature Sanctuary is dedicated to preserving its 160 acres. The trails remain unpaved and the sanctuary can be accessed by reservation only. The sanctuary hosts many events, including workshops, private tours, and family programs, such as the popular Fairyland program for children.

Marcella Vivrette Smith Park in Brentwood encompasses 400 acres of hiking trails and wildlife habitats. Plans are in development to add multipurpose athletic fields and make the park more accessible.

Natchez Trace Parkway, a national park for almost 75 years, spans 444 miles from Nashville to Natchez, Miss. Those looking for a scenic drive will not be disappointed in the parkway’s natural beauty. Pioneers and presidents alike have traveled the route, as do today’s outdoor enthusiasts, who enjoy biking, camping and hiking in the park.

Play Time

Maggie's Bark Park is the perfect place for dog lovers to bring their furry friends. The first off-leash dog park in Tennessee, the park offers two fenced areas, a pup-friendly pool, a gazebo, and a quarter-mile walking trail. The park caters to all types of dogs, and offers agility equipment for older dogs, as well as Rascal’s Run Around, a play area for smaller dogs weighing 30 pounds or less.

Pinkerton Park, the most widely used passive park in Franklin, is located on Murfreesboro Road and encompasses 34 acres. The park includes a one-mile walking trail, several pavilions and strategically placed grills, as well as two playgrounds for kids to enjoy. A pedestrian bridge over the Harpeth River connects the park to the popular downtown Franklin area.  

Get Active

Jim Warren Park is an ideal spot for those who enjoy an active lifestyle. This Franklin park features 12 baseball fields, four football fields, eight tennis courts and a walking trail, as well as a catch-and-release fishing pond and a 16,000-square-foot skate park, among other fields and courts. The Williamson County Parks & Recreation Department oversees several athletic facilities and both youth and adult leagues.

Franklin Fieldhouse underwent a recent overhaul, and is fully equipped for basketball, volleyball, futsal (a variant of soccer), and baseball. Court rentals are available for practices, leagues, tournaments and more.

A-Game Sportsplex is a haven of indoor sporting. Equipped with two ice rinks, twelve volleyball courts, six basketball courts, and five outdoor fields, the sportsplex offers skate lessons and also has fitness classes, in addition to being home to Star Physical Therapy and Laser Chase.

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