Franklinton is a large residential area just west of Downtown Columbus, Ohio. Franklinton is bordered by the Scioto River on the north and east, as well as Harmon Avenue on the east, Stimmel Road and Greenlawn Avenue on the south, and I-70 on the west. The main throughway in the community is West Broad Street, or U.S. 40, one of the nation’s first roads. Residents have access to all areas of the city via nearby I-70, I-670 and multiple U.S and state highways.
Franklinton is otherwise known as “The Bottoms” because much of the land here lies below the level of the nearby Scioto and Olentangy rivers. A floodwall was built here for protection from devastating flood waters. The fertile land is ideal for farming.
The community of Franklinton, once its own city, is actually considered the birthplace of Columbus, settled nearly fifteen years before the city itself. A historically and architecturally significant 1807 log building – the oldest log building standing on its original foundation – still stands in Franklinton today and the city is working to preserve and restore this piece of community history. Most homes in the community are small single-family and multi-family homes that date back to the early 1900s.The main draws to this community are the convenient central location, as well as the affordable home prices.
Parks are plentiful in the area for residents to enjoy. The nearby Scioto Aubudon Metro Park offers excellent bird watching, fishing, boating, hiking, and jogging. This park also features one of the largest outdoor climbing walls in the U.S. The Lou Berliner Park, another nearby attraction, is home to Edifice Complex, the largest softball complex in the country. The Edifice Complex has organized men’s, women’s, and co-ed teams that play on the park’s 32-fields. In addition, the park offers picnicking areas, trails and wildlife.