Nature and trails

Part of the outstanding lifestyle appeal of Franklin, MA is the remarkably varied open space, forest and water resources located right in the community.  You don’t have to travel outside the town or spend any money to “get away from it all” in the outdoors. Walking trails, fishing, boating and scenic views of nature abound in Franklin, MA!

Franklin walking trail and boating guide

Download helpful guide to the walking trails in Franklin, MA. Booklet also covers boating opportunities accessible in town.

Top Ten in the US for business opportunity and recreation

CNN/ identified the 100 best communities in the US in which to conduct business AND enjoy an active recreational lifestyle.

Franklin, MA won very high honors in this CNN/Money survey: Franklin, MA  was awarded a “Top 10 in the US” designation!

Franklin MA top ten businees recreation

According to CNN/, Franklin, MA is one of the ten best communities in all of the United States which offer “the best mix of business advantages and lifestyle appeal”.


Here’s why Franklin made the Top Ten in the US:


The following posts will introduce you to the many opportunities for outdoor recreational activities you’ll find in Franklin, MA.

June 10, 2020
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Riverbend Hiking Trails – Franklin’s newest recreation resource

Hikers and outdoor enthusiasts take note: there’s a new recreational resource taking shape in Franklin, MA. Called the Riverbend Hiking Trails, this 40 +/- acre parcel […]
November 6, 2019

Franklin’s Trunkline Trail getting million dollar upgrade

Franklin’s section of the twenty-two mile long Southern New England Trunkline Trail is set to get a $1M+ upgrade in 2020.  An underpass will be built […]
October 19, 2015

Fishing at Beaver Pond Recreation Area in Franklin, MA

The Beaver Pond Recreation Area in Franklin, MA a super spot for fishing.  It’s perfect for young anglers and is right in town with plenty of […]
May 25, 2015
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Fishing fun at DelCarte

The DelCarte Recreation and Conservation Area is a 130 acre oasis of woods, ponds and walking trails located right in the heart of Franklin, MA. Access […]
June 4, 2014
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DelCarte gets major upgrade

The130+ acre DelCarte Conservation Area received major improvements that were completed in 2014. Large portions of the dam system were rebuilt. and the walking trails that […]
August 1, 2010

Pick-your-own blueberries in Franklin, Massachusetts (MA)

The Gianettis’ U-Pick Blueberries has been a summertime staple for family fun in Franklin, MA for years!  Located just off Exit 16 on I-495 , the […]
December 19, 2008
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Franklin State Forest

This 880+ acre woodland is located in the western and southern parts of Franklin, MA, roughly paralleling Grove Street .  There are many trails and dirt […]
December 19, 2008

Southern New England Trunkline Trail

The eastern section of the 22 mile-long Southern New England Trunkline Trail (SNETT) starts in Franklin, MA  at Grove Street and runs through Bellingham and Blackstone […]
December 19, 2008
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DelCarte Conservation Area

Called a “hidden gem” by the Milford Daily News, this 130 acre parcel (formerly known as the Franklin Reservoir) is located on Pleasant Street in Franklin, […]
December 19, 2008
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Franklin Town Forest

The Franklin Town Forest is a 180+ acre town-owned preserve off of Summer Street in Franklin, Massachusetts. The Town Forest should not be confused with the […]
December 19, 2008
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Indian Rock Conservation Area

The Indian Rock Conservation Area in Franklin, MA is located off of Jordan Road, abutting the aptly-named Indian Rock Subivision. The Indian Rock Conservation Area comprises […]
December 19, 2008

Metacomet Trust and town conservation land

This 90+ acre parcel of undeveloped land with walking trails lies between Lincoln and Maple Streets in Franklin, MA. Bridle Path traverses the parcel This resource […]
December 19, 2008
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The Charles River & Populatic Pond

Early on its approximately 80 mile run to Boston Harbor, the Charles River forms the boundary between the Towns of Franklin, MA and Medway, MA. The […]
December 16, 2008

Dacey Community Field

The Dacey Community Field is located off of Lincoln Street in Franklin, Massachusetts. Set on over 115 acres, Dacey Fields are a lot more than just […]
December 14, 2008

Beaver Pond Recreation Area

The Beaver Pond Recreation Area is located on Beaver Street in Franklin, MA adjacent to Beaver Pond.  You can enjoy a range of recreational actives here! […]