Franklin Historic Trail
The Franklin Historic Trail is actually a system of walkways that covers a pleasant, mostly easy 2.7 miles passing through open grassland areas, riparian habitat, wetlands, and city parks. In addition, it links the separate parts of the community together, including playground and aquatic recreational facilities, the Franklin College campus, and the central Franklin district. This design allows one to use the trail for exercise or for a pleasant commute.
Parking and restrooms (seasonal) are available at Blue Heron Park, west of U. S. 31, which straddles meadow and wetland landscapes. Heading east over a paved path, one follows along Young's Creek. Early on are a few slopes and turns that those who cannot go on foot would want to note. The trail here goes under U. S. 31, but after it emerges becomes flat and is easily navigated the rest of the way.
The trail continues through a cemetary with some older dates worth noting, and passes stately willows along the creek. You will also pass through Morgan and Province Parks, as well as some residential sections. There are several city street crossings to watch.
For those interested in Franklin's historic architecture, the county courthouse is visible from the path. The trail reaches its terminus at Needham Elementary School. Plans are for this trail to be extended in the future.
November 2010 - Update. A 0.7 miles extension has been added on the North/East side of the Needham Elementary School following E 100N street up to the crossing with N 400 E.