Franklin, TN Parks & Outdoor Recreation

From walking trails and athletic fields to swimming pools and playgrounds, Franklin has many places to play.

On Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 17:40

Williamson County is known for gorgeous scenic drives, multi-activity parks, and lots of leagues and top-notch facilities for competitive sports. Here are some recreation hotspots:

Bowie Park and Nature Center

Located in Fairview, Bowie Park and Nature Center offers more than 700 acres of forest, lakes and trails where visitors can bike, horseback ride, fish, run and walk. Children may enjoy the Treehouse Playground, a multilevel wooden structure that consists of mazes, tunnels, ramps, bridges and ladders. The playground area also includes picnic tables and a walking trail.

Maggie's Bark Park

People and their pups enjoy Maggie’s Bark Park, situated behind Franklin High School and managed by Williamson County Animal Control. The dog facility is split into two parts – Maggie’s Bark Park for larger dogs, and Rascal’s Run Around for puppies and dogs that weigh less than 30 pounds. The one-acre site has water fountains as well as kiddie pools for dogs to enjoy in hot weather.

Pinkerton Park

With the Harpeth River along its west side and historic Fort Granger to the north, Pinkerton Park is one of Franklin's most highly used parks. There are plenty of picnic pavilions, tables, and grills, along with a children's playground. A one-mile paved pedestrian track encompasses the entire park and is well-lit for evening use.

Jim Warren Park

A 58-acre park with 12 baseball fields and four football fields, Jim Warren Park frequently hosts games of the Franklin Baseball Club and Franklin Cowboys youth organizations. The park also has tennis courts, two basketball courts, a pond and walking trails.

The park also has a plaza-style skate park, created with input from experienced and novice skateboarders. The park includes bowls, ramps, stairs and railings.

Youth Soccer

Kids can participate in a variety of youth soccer leagues in Williamson County.

Girls and boys ages 9 and younger and 16 and younger can play in respective summer soccer leagues, with seasons lasting five weeks beginning the first week of June each year.

Designed for girls ages 8 to 12, the Girls Rec Fall Soccer league plays during the months of October, November and December with registration beginning in August.

Boys ages 8 to 12 may play in the Boys Rec Winter Soccer league, with games beginning in January and ending in March.

Indoor Soccer Arenas

Even though outdoor recreation options are many, kids and adults in Williamson County can also get their kicks indoors at the Indoor Arena at Crockett Park, and the Robert A. Ring Indoor Soccer Arena.

The Indoor Arena at Crockett Park in Brentwood offers professional indoor soccer, lacrosse and flag football fields, with floors that imitate real turf and grandstands that can seat up to 195 spectators.

In Franklin, the Robert A. Ring Indoor Soccer Arena provides athletes with a newly renovated professional soccer complex. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls allow spectators a complete view of the games.

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