Check out the county’s and region’s ample opportunities for biking
Cycling is pretty popular in Williamson County. Check out this “heat map” of cycling activity as provided by Strava, a popular GPS ride tool. Zoom in on Franklin and you can find many bike trails to explore throughout the county. This heat map makes it clear that the Williamson County area has the greatest concentration of bike trails in the region and the state.
Williamson County contains a variety of shopping areas:
Cool Springs Galleria Mall – Cool Springs Galleria has five department stores, over 165 specialty shops, and the 500-seat Oasis Food Court.
The Factory at Franklin – The Factory at Franklin is a vibrant shopping, dining and entertainment complex located in Franklin, Tennessee. The Factory is a member of the National Register of Historic Places. The Factory occupies the circa-1929 buildings that once served as the Dortch Stove Works, Magic Chef and later the Jamison Bedding Company.
Historic Downtown Franklin – Downtown Franklin is full of rich history and beauty. There are dozens of boutiques and antique shops nestled in the original historic town buildings and reclaimed battlefields which create a unique shopping experience.
Leiper’s Fork Village – Leipers Fork is the only historic village on the Tennessee portion of the Natchez Trace Parkway and offers the quaintness of the past and the convenience of the present with friendly merchants and great country cooking.
Active historical and arts societies Festivals:
Major scenic attractions include:
Other attractions/activities include:
- Four libraries
- 14 art galleries
- Four museums
- 20 movie screens in the community theatre
- 280 restaurants (Williamson County is a wet county – serving alcohol)
- Franklin Bowling Lanes
- 200 houses of worship
- 24 Civic Organizations
- Diverse volunteer opportunties
- Several award winning parks and recreational facilities
- Five public golf courses; four private golf courses
- 20-30 minutes to prime fishing areas (bass, catfish, sun fish, pan fish, trout)
Find out more:
Convention and Visitors Bureau – Information about leisure time activities in Williamson County.
Williamson County Parks and Recreation Department – Information about parks and recreational facilities.
Sports leagues -Information about local sports leagues and clubs
The outdoors are great – and so are the indoors – and in Williamson County, there are a variety of healthy recreation options for residents to enjoy.
Williamson County is lucky to have plenty of beautiful public parks, including Concord, Granny White, Maryland Way, Owl Creek, Primm, River and Tower parks. Crockett Park is the largest with 164 acres of open fields, walking trails and athletic fields. It is also home to the historic Cool Springs House, the Eddy Arnold Amphitheater and the Williamson County Indoor Soccer Complex.
The Little Harpeth River runs through Williamson and Davidson counties, and some spots provide great opportunities for whitewater kayaking, rafting and paddling. There are a few campgrounds along the Little Harpeth, and one seven-mile stretch is rated Class II by American Whitewater. One of the most popular spots in the area is the Brenthaven Bikeway Connector Trail, which connects both Crockett Park and River Park in Brentwood. The trail traverses an attractive wooded corridor along the Little Harpeth River. Other popular biking destinations in the area include Harpeth Woods Trail, Cane Connector Trail and Mill Creek Greenway Trail.
Deerwood is a 27-acre natural area and state-certified arboretum that showcases native trees, migratory birds, butterflies and other wildlife. The park has a one-mile walking and bikeway trail with 12 nature stations, ponds, a wildflower meadow and a nature center.
For indoor as well as outdoor activity, the area’s three YMCA branches – Brentwood Family YMCA, Maryland Farms YMCA and YMCA of Franklin – are popular year round. The Brentwood/Cool Springs area is also home to multiple elite sports training complexes. D1 Sports Training provides custom sports training programs including an NFL Combine training program, along with expert coaching and the latest in sports therapy. A-Game Sportsplex is a premier indoor sports complex focusing on basketball, hockey and volleyball.
As for older adults, The FiftyForward Martin Center has been welcoming the 50-plus crowd since it opened in December 2002, and has seen significant growth in membership ever since. A variety of classes and programs are offered, plus special interest groups such as Word Smiths (writers), Historical Seniors, Mountain Dulcimer musicians, Martin Men, Wine Sippers and Book Clubbers host many events.