Franklin’s 7 Most Photographed Spots

We continue to look forward to the day when we can all travel again and visit our favorite places, but in the meantime, we love looking through the lens of our visitors at their favorite places around Franklin.

Thousands of you have shared pictures on social media from your adventures around Franklin and we’ve rounded up some of those to inspire your wanderlust as we all plan out those future trips we’ll be taking in the future.  

The Natchez Trace Parkway

The Natchez Trace Parkway that connects Nashville and Natchez, Mississippi through 444 miles of gorgeous two-lane road views, including an iconic stretch through Franklin and Leiper’s Fork.

The Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge is arguably the most photographed spot along the entire parkway, and the views you can see from the bridge make it easy to see why! The Natchez Trace Parkway is also a beloved spot for cyclists for its rolling hills and stunning scenery. Weather from behind the wheel of a car or the seat of a bike, one thing is certain on the parkway, you will enjoy the view! 

Downtown Franklin

Without question, the most visited spot in Franklin is the iconic Main Street that runs through the heart of the city. Lined with incredible shops and restaurants, not to mention music filling the air almost every day of the year and classic architecture, it is easy to see why so many have been inspired to snap a memory to share.

From browsing the local shops, showing off that quintessentially Southern meal, or just admiring the charm and beauty of Main Street, visitors have captured some incredible images.

Civil War Homes

A trip to Franklin for any history buff is not complete until they have taken time to visit the historic sites associated with the Civil War’s Battle of Franklin, including the three house museums located on the battlefield.

From the majestic gardens at Carnton to the most bullet-riddled building from the Civil War still standing at Carter House, there is a wealth of sites you will not find anywhere else. In addition to learning the toll that fateful November night in 1864 took on the families at each of the historic homes, the images from visitors have also captured much of the beauty of the properties as well. 

Arrington Vineyards

In addition to being one of the most scenic spots in town, Arrington Vineyards is also one of the tastiest with its 20-plus varieties of wine. With over 100-acres that sit atop a hill and seemingly endless rows of vines to wander through it is understandable why so many find the perfect photo opportunity at Arrington Vineyards.

In between snapping photos, you can also snack on a catered picnic, or bob your head to Music In The Vines each weekend. Until the time comes we can visit the vineyard again, you can still fill your glass as they’ll ship some right to your front door.

Leiper’s Fork 

Just outside downtown Franklin sits the village of Leiper’s Fork, which is filled with incredible photo backdrops. The village is surrounded by the beauty of the Harpeth River, Natchez Trace Parkway, and vast views of Tennessee’s rolling hills.

Many make the weekly visit to the famed open mic night at Puckett’s looking for their big break, while others know the village as a hub for some of the best art in Middle Tennessee. When mixed with the charms of fire pits outside each shop, front porches for rocking on, a distillery full of as much history as whiskey, it is easy to see why so much creativity is inspired in this village. 

Scenic Drives

Even before social distancing entered our collective lexicons, a scenic drive was one of the most popular experiences of any visit to Franklin. Whether purposely getting lost on the two-lane backroads with your windows down and jamming to your favorite music, or simply making your way around the Masters & Makers Trail, you are greeted with incredible beauty across Franklin and all of Williamson County.

Many of the visitors to Franklin couldn’t resist snapping a shot of these incredible views, and we are so glad they did! 

The Factory

In downtown Franklin sits a historic building that spent many years producing stoves – and even mattresses for a short time – but today that unassuming former production facility has become a haven for the creative.

Filled with shops, restaurants, performance venues, and character galore, The Factory at Franklin is some of Franklin’s favorite events happen each year. Whether searching for a great cup of coffee at Honest Coffee Roasters, indulging in a 100-layer donut at Five Daughters Bakery, or catching a performance from Studio Tenn, visitors and locals alike have captured some pretty incredible images while hanging out at The Factory. 

Matt is the guy who is always ready to share a story with you.

With a passion for new experiences, taking the back roads, and seeing everything possible, Matt serves as Visit Franklin's Senior Director of Public Relations connecting the many unique stories in the Franklin community with great journalists and storytellers worldwide. When not pitching a story idea to travel writers, you’ll likely find him working as a photographer on the sidelines of college and professional sports events across the Southeast.