A charming new addition to Franklin by the Franklin Transit Authority are numerous trolleys to carry people about the town. You can either hop on and off at your convenience, or renting an entire trolley if your group is large enough. This is the perfect way to get that old-timey feel that pervades throughout all of historic Franklin.
Main Building Location:
708 Columbia Avenue
Franklin, Tennessee 37064
if you have car/whatever problems, try KIRBY'S, which is a local gas station (citgo, currently) that also does repair work. these guys are friendly, honest, efficient, and reasonable in price. as far as i can tell, they can do practically anything. the owner's name is mitch kirby.
they also have a tow truck.
i don't know if they work on motorcycles, but you ought to give them a call if you're in motorcycle trouble, because they might.
they are open monday through friday, roughly 8 am to 5 pm, and half a day on saturday. call first to make sure they can help you in the time constraints you have; for quickie jobs (like an oil change), they will often do it while you wait.
they are located in grassland, about four miles north of franklin off hillsboro road (route 431). they are on the west side of the road, just north of the shell station. there is no "kirby's" shown on the office part, but you will see three bays for the mechanics.
the great wall of china (see my franklin restaurant tips) is in the battlewood shopping center just across the street.
if you are coming from north of franklin and going to the parts of the COOL SPRINGS shopping area on the WEST side of I-65, you should avoid the exits for "cool springs blvd" and "moore's lane" even though they take you there relatively directly. there are always HUGE traffic jams around those exits, and it takes forever to get where you want.
from the north, a much less frustrating way to get there (which is not quite as fast, but only by a little, and MUCH less aggravating) is to take I-65 south to exit 71 ("concord road/brentwood"), go west on concord road to the next light, turn left (south) onto franklin road (highway 31), then about two miles to the next light, where you turn left (east) on moore's lane (called lynnwood way to the right/west). this takes you into cool springs from west to east.
to reach mallory lane, which takes you into cool springs from north to south, go only about a mile on moore's lane after you turn off franklin road, then turn right (south).
if you are coming from north of franklin, an easy way to get to downtown franklin is to take I-65 to exit 71 ("concord road/brentwood"), go west on concord road about a mile, turn left (south) on franklin road (highway 31).
to get to the WEST side of downtown from that intersection, go about two miles on franklin road, then turn right (west) on lynnwood way (called moore's lane going east). you will go several miles up a huge hill, then down again, through the stop sign (where lynnwood way becomes berry's chapel road), to the light. turn left (south) on hillsboro road (highway 431), follow it all the way to downtown, where it becomes 5th avenue and intersects with main street. CAUTION -- you cannot turn left (east) on main street at this intersection, but there is a parking lot just BEFORE you get to main street where you CAN turn left.
to get to the EAST side of downtown from the intersection of concord road and franklin road, take franklin road through the light at moore's lane/lynnwood way, through the light at mack hatcher parkway, then about three or four miles, where it becomes main street. go less than a mile, then about halfway around the square (which is actually a circle!) in the OUTSIDE lane, turn right (west) onto main street.
since downtown is not very big (basically 3rd avenue to 5th avenue), either of these ways will do if you don't know which side of downtown you want.
from south of franklin, the easiest way to get to downtown is to take I-65 north to exit 65 ("franklin/highway 96"), go west on murfreesboro road (which is highway 96) several miles. it enters the edge of downtown and becomes 3rd avenue. continue till you reach the square (actually a circle!), go about three-fourths of the way around in the OUTSIDE lane, then turn right (west) on main street.
from west of franklin, take I-40 east to exit 182 ("franklin/highway 96"). at the top of the ramp, turn left (toward fairview, away from dickson). in about two miles, you will see an overpass in front of you, take the slight left fork of the road there ("highway 96/highway 100 east").
go under the overpass, heading left and merge onto highway 100 (which is also still highway 96); you will pass through parts of fairview. after another four miles or so, highway 100 continues straight and highway 96 turns right (this intersection is obvious and has a light). turn right (east) on highway 96; downtown franklin is about 10 miles ahead.
CAUTION -- the police like to patrol this stretch between I-40 and downtown franklin!