Franklin County is on the SE side of Brookville Lake. The county seat is Brookville, the namesake of Brookville Lake, and you can find antique shops, delicious food, a movie theater and more. Visit for a day or stay for the weekend in one of the local bed and breakfasts, inns, or hotels, each filled with the charm of the seasons. If competition, fried chicken and lots of fun are your pleasure, coordinate your visit with Canoefest.
Adventure seekers will be fascinated with Franklin County’s versatility. Where else could you zip line through the trees and then hop on your quad or motorbike and travel through the hills, valleys and mud holes along the river? Want a milder adventure? We have beautiful bicycle and hiking trails. If an adventure for you is golfing, we have three beautiful golf courses. Equestrians can horseback ride through the valley. Or come to experience award winning fishing, canoeing and boating. There is plenty of fun to keep you busy!
For the history buffs, a wonderful time can be had in Metamora. You will step back in time to life on the canal and ride a horse drawn canal boat as it carries you through the only wooden, fully operational, covered, aqueduct still in use in the United States. Hear the firing of cannons or witness one of Abraham Lincoln’s famous speeches during one of Metamora’s re-enactments. You can experience the thrill of freshly made fudge melting in your mouth as you discover the wonderful shops in the quaint downtown area. Always remember to listen for music; you never know when a “jam “ session might just break out on one of the covered porches.
In addition, don’t miss visiting the descendants of the German Catholic settlers in the quaint town of Oldenburg. You’ll marvel at the architectural influences that make’s this wonderful village known as the “Village of Spires”. One of the most anticipated festivals in Oldenburg is Freudenfest, festival of fun, when a German keg is tapped several times each evening. Grab the “Vatican Ride” brochure and wander through the country side to see the many Catholic churches. Don’t forget to stop in the Sisters of St. Francis Convent for a fun-filled scavenger hunt or Michaela’s Farm to see 300 acres featuring beefalo, labyrinth and small animals.
For nature lovers, stop and hear the call of the wild from our beautiful wolf habitat and rescue where you will experience the gentleness and amazement of the wolves. You will long tell about your face-to-face encounters with the wolves in their habitat.
Franklin County is where nature, music, history and recreation all merge for an amazing experience! So whether you are seeking history, adventure or relaxation make sure you visit the ONE AND ONLY Franklin County.