Welcome to Franktown
A peaceful and quaint respite from the hustle and bustle of city life
Franktown is a quaint farm community situated south of Denver. It’s nestled in the valley of Cherry Creek, which flows north to join the South Platte in downtown Denver. For those interested in buying Franktown real estate, this town is considered a peaceful community tucked away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, with convenient access to the major attractions and amenities of the city.
Travelers frequently stop in Franktown, as it is home to the Castlewood Canyon State Park. Carved out of the Black Forest, the park features canyon walls, scenic rolling trails, and the remains of the century-old Castlewood Canyon Dam. The park is surrounded by miles of hiking trails, an array of rock-climbing routes, and excellent birding areas.
What to Love
• Proximity to Castlewood Canyon State Park
• Convenient access to city attractions
• Peaceful and scenic surroundings
Franktown is perfect for families looking to put down roots in a peaceful setting surrounded by beautiful landscape and lush open space. It’s also ideal for outdoor enthusiasts, as it’s home to several parks boasting scenic trails and outdoor facilities.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Once you’ve explored all the outdoor opportunities Franktown has to offer, unwind at one of its local restaurants, including Adriana’s Mexican Restaurant
and the Stagecoach
, a rustic neighborhood watering hole featuring pub fare, live bands, and line dancing.
Looking to give your outdoor living space a facelift? Look no further than Quality Landscape & Supply
, which offers a high-quality selection of landscaping products for both commercial and residential properties.
Choose from a wide array of excellent beer, wine, and spirits at Franktown Liquors
. Whether hosting a soirée or adding to your at-home bar, the staff are ready to help you procure the libation of your choice.
Things to Do
Locals love the abundance of beauty and wildlife in Castlewood Canyon State Park
. With endless canyon trails, rock climbing, and nature programs, it’s no wonder the park is favored among locals and visitors alike. There is plenty of environmental diversity to enjoy on the hiking trails, and Cherry Creek meanders just below the trails along the canyon, offering a wonderful spot to take a break from your hike. You can always refuel by picnicking at the natural amphitheater and the Bridge Canyon Overlook gazebo perched on the edge of the canyon. Remnants of geologic and local history merged when the Castlewood Dam burst in 1933, sending a 15-foot-high wave of water into Denver. Ruins of the original ill-fated dam and the historic homestead are still present for hikers to see.
Explore the Franktown Cave for a glimpse into the area's geologic history. This large rock shelter experienced multiple occupations from the Middle Archaic through the Protohistoric periods. A large amount of material was collected from the cave during five separate excavations dating back to the 1940s, 1950s, and 1976. The site held remarkable lithic and ceramic artifacts, but it is better known for its perishable artifacts, including animal hides, wood, fiber, and corn. There is evidence of the site being a campsite or dwelling as recent as AD 1725.
Horse lovers can visit the Harmony Equine Center
to experience two indoor riding arenas, an education center, training, and 26 pastures and turnouts. The center rehabilitates abused and neglected horses, ponies, donkeys, and mules, which are also up for adoption.
Franktown is served by the Douglas County School District — one of the top school districts in the nation. Additionally, there are several wonderful private schools within commuting distance. Top educational opportunities include:
• Franktown Elementary, PK-5
• Sagewood Middle School, 6-8
• Ponderosa High School, 9-12
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