Eastern Flank Battlefield Park is 110 beautiful acres and is the former site of the Battle of Franklin. The Carnton House sits adjacent to the property and was witness to one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. It served as the largest field hospital in the area and is home to the McGavock Confederate Cemetery. It is impossible to imagine this as you walk or run along the paved path, as it is such a serene area now. There is access to take a guided tour of the Carnton House, the grounds, outbuildings and gardens or you can follow the paved path out front and read the signage on your own.
The entrance to the park is located at 1368 Eastern Flank Cir, Franklin, TN 37064. That exact address will take you to the event facility where you can park, or you can park closer to the entrance of the Fleming Center at the Carnton House by the traffic circle. That is where I usually park. When the center is open, there is access to bathrooms and a water fountain. I begin by the main covered signs with benches and make my way around the perimeter of the path and then I take the smaller loops - but it can be done any way. The path takes you around the front of the property, through the fields and by some trees. While there is shade under a few of the trees, there is not much sun protection on the paths. It is relatively flat with a 41 ft elevation gain and the path measures out to around 1.78 miles (depending on how you take the loops). You can easily get to 3 miles by adding in the park roads as well.
The path is nice and wide, it is dog friendly and relatively quiet. You will encounter more people taking a stroll and reading the signs vs getting in any intense exercise, but it is still a great place to come explore.
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