Franklin Greenway Path (Bicentennial Park, Ruby F. Lynch Riverwalk Trail, Joel Cheek Park) + Judge Fulton Greer Park Path
I feel like I say this with all of the paths, trails and parks in the area but I really do mean it each time...this might be one of my favorite places to run! The Franklin Greenway is in walking distance from downtown Franklin and takes you through a tree-lined path along the Harpeth River. It eventually connects with the Judge Fulton Greer Park Path by the Franklin Recreation Complex. I love that they are both easy to get to and create a long path together (plus they connect with miles and miles of sidewalks around the area) so they make a wonderful place to get in a long, shaded run or walk. A bigger bonus is that you get to see the Harpeth River several times along the way AND they have canoe and/or fishing access. The Franklin Greenway is about 4.2 miles out and back (with a few little loops) and Judge Fulton Greer is .70, so if you want to run/walk/bike them both you can get in close to 5 miles with a total ascent of 92 ft.
You can start at either place or even in a few areas along the way. You don't have to combine them either. If you are looking for a shorter loop, stick with Judge Fulton Greer, for an out and back where you can turn around at any point just do the Franklin Greenway. If you want a longer route, you can combine downtown Franklin and Pinkerton Park (closer to the Franklin Greenway) and Hillsboro Rd (by Judge Fulton Greer Park).
The Franklin Greenway actually spans the distance of several different parks, paths and trails. It starts at Bicentennial Park, then goes to the Ruby F. Lynch Riverwalk Trail and Joel Creek Park before entering Judge Fulton Greer Park. You can enter it at any of those areas or surrounding neighborhoods (and it soon will be connected with a bridge to Harlinsdale Farm)! The main entrance is at Bicentennial Park located at 400 5th Ave. N, Franklin, TN 37064. You can park along the street in the designated parking areas. There are no bathrooms or water fountains here but there are some further down the path by Joel Cheek Park. If you want to do the full path, you can start by walking towards downtown Franklin on 3rd Avenue North (away from the river) on the sidewalk and then take a left on N Margin Street. This is the only very small portion where you will not be on a path. You will quickly see where the Franklin Greenway begins. It is a very wide, flat path that is surrounded by trees. It takes you back around close to where you parked, past the Harpeth River overlook, over the bridge and into the woods where you can see the Harpeth River and be protected from the sun, behind neighborhoods and Franklin High School, by Joel Cheek Park (where you can find a water fountain and bathrooms, a dog park, 3 athletic fields a playground and concessions), and then eventually to Judge Fulton Greer Park where you can keep going or choose to turn around and go back to where you started!
Judge Fulton Greer Park is located at the Franklin Recreation Complex at 1099 Fulton Greer Lane, Franklin, TN 37064. You can park anywhere in the Franklin Recreation Complex parking lot but the closest spot to the path is in the back by the pool. It has 6 tennis courts (with a water fountain), 2 sand volleyball courts, 5 soccer fields, a playground, picnic areas, an exercise area, fun outdoor activities, a walking trail and has a canoe access point to the Harpeth River. The walking trail takes you on a loop around the perimeter of the athletic fields and features an interactive area for kids to help them get active too! The path here is also mainly tree covered, flat and wide. You can stay at the park for a short walk or run or extend it to the Franklin Greenway OR take the sidewalk on Hillsboro Rd and get more miles on miles!
If you are looking to get in a long run, just want to walk your dogs or bring your kids, you want cover from the sun and need an escape in nature but don't want to drive too far from downtown Franklin - you need to try out this beautiful path!
Find more paths, trails and places to hike/run/walk in Williamson County, TN here!
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