Explore the most popular birding trails near Franklin with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This is a great trail that’s well marked. Rocky, roots, with lots of twists and climbs. Takes computer ficus.

Easy, quiet hike. Trails aren’t marked very well. Good for sometime outside. Nice woodland area along the Trace with wildlife. I came across a large buck and various bird species during my hike.

Nice hike, close to town. Well marked and lots of opportunities to adjust to desired length. Defiantly will hike again.

Easy to moderate hike. Beautiful overlook spot.

Great area, nice overlook, trail meanders through old growth timber, just a great hike.

Great hike for a Cub Scout Pack. 5-8 year olds did well. Little bit of horse pooh, but otherwise a very nice hike!

this trail is overly easy. a 5 year old girl scout troop could enjoy doing this. so if you complain about this trail or its condition, go to a city park where there are paved easy trails. I run this trail and can keep a quick pace even when wet, but perhaps I'm used to running on uneven ground and loose rock. Either way, it's not difficult

7 months ago

love this app. I travel often just to visit trails and this app makes it easy.

Do not do the Garrison loop trail that passes back over the Trace. It is an absolute nightmare as it is overgrown and not maintained at all. Be prepared to wade thru the creek thigh deep to get out of there. Best to back track on the horse trail back to the parking lot. More of a place for cyclists to park to begin their ride.

Loop? Not really. Tangled up with a horse trail that leaves you 2kil from your car. Ankle breaking loose stones the size of softballs. Muddy track very very poorly marked.

walking
Saturday, November 11, 2017

It is a nice walk, but the trails are not maintained very well.

Nice casual trail. With fall the trail gets hidden in places from the leaves but not impossible to follow. Some muddy places but you can get around them

hiking
Sunday, September 24, 2017

Decent hike. Lots of good inclines. Narrow rocky trails. It was harder for us bc we had our old lady dog with us

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

Do not think I would consider this moderate more inbetween easy and moderate. Kinda boring not much to look at.

hiking
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

I wouldn't call this trail EASY, steep climb up boulders that are stair-like, but challenging for little people (5yo) It was such a blast tho, he felt like a little adventure braving the wild. the actual Fort look out has beautiful views. Pretty decent. We'd definitely do it again.

walking
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

This trail is part of Pinkerton Park and takes you to the top of a overlook hill facing picturesque downtown Franklin. Hike is short and heavy pedestrian traffic since they cleared the trail even more the past year. Fun, small hike for families and kids as the overlook includes Civil War facts about Fort Granger.
There is a paved walking trail around the Park and the Fort Granger trail starts at the back of the park. Look for the well beaten dirt path that crosses the creek.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

My kids had a blast with the trail around the perimeter of the old Fort Granger. Even learned a few things on a beautiful April day.

hiking
Sunday, March 05, 2017

Not much of a trail but always fun going up.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Very muddy in some parts. Only one overlook on the short loop.

walking
Friday, October 28, 2016

Pretty busy, less of a hike and more of a short jaunt. Convenient.

walking
Monday, October 24, 2016

Nice park. It is easy paved path with exercise stations. Also has an earthen works Fort Granger it is an uphill climb. They are working on making stairs to get up to the Fort. On one of our walks in park we spotted an albino squirrel!

Most of the hike was great. The first part of the path was VERY overgrown and wasn't great. Also, the end part of the path continued through a creek bed which was fine if you had a horse or didn't mind wading through the water to get to the other side of the trail. Other than that, beautiful forest scenery.

hiking
Sunday, September 11, 2016

This is a wonderfully peaceful trail. I recommend it to anyone trying to get a break from the city.

hiking
Monday, September 05, 2016

Beautiful area, nice trail, but POORLY marked. We will go back but be prepared to get turned around your first there.

Nice short loop trail. I had no issues with any water crossing. I liked that the crescendo of hike is basically midway (which is where you can branch off toward another trailhead). Slightly overgrown only for a short segment. Shelter and rest rooms a bonus.

To me this trail was not worth it. I went here because I wanted a change from Radnor or the Warner parks. I am pretty adventurous and love hiking, but after hiking a half mile on this trail I turned around and went to Radnor. The weeds were extremely overgrown and every 10 steps I was wiping away spider webs from my face (I ignored the ones on my legs and arms). While the drive around the Nachez Trace is worth it, I won't be back to attemp this trail.

If you do try this trail, make sure you where pants and prepare to get your feet wet in the creek crossings.

NOTE - if you hike this trail it would be good to bring a towel or two - there are two crossings over the creek that you will get your feet wet - we took our boots off and had to dry our feet w our shirts. There really needs to be a bridge built (where there once use to be one) on this trail.

We hiked this trail for the first time - there really should be markings along the trail to let you know you are still on the trail - the map shows. 1.6 mil for the hike - we ended up w 3.5 mil after we were done staying on the trail the way we were to go.

Ended up hiking 5 miles instead of 2 because we managed to get turned around.

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