Franklin Texas Trips always include baseball for our family. Both boys play for the Houston Heat Organization and their 14 U & 13 U team play at “The Ranch” in Franklin, Texas. It’s a great environment and the best part is that teams from all over the state participate. That makes it easier to see how you stack up against the competition state-wide.

Franklin is a small town about thirty minutes north of Bryan-College Station Texas in the rolling hills of Central Texas. The town is the country seat of Robertson County. It is a town of only sixteen-hundred eighteen people, but they have in my opinion the most beautiful baseball fields in Texas. And that’s why Franklin Texas Trips are all about baseball for our family.

“The Ranch” is eighty-four acres that contains six baseball and softball fields. The fields are all built at different levels in the rolling hills of this gorgeous part of Texas. They are a combination of turf in the in-field and natural gas out-fields.

When we go to see our sons, Garrett & Tyler’s teams play there it’s a fun “road-trip for the entire family. Not only do we all go together we bring our German Shepherd and Yorkie-Poo with us. The park allows dogs on a leash and they love going as much as we do.

One of our traditions for our Franklin Texas Trips is a stop at “Country Donuts”. It’s a little donut shop in Franklin that has great donuts and the best apple-fritter you’ve ever tasted. The people that run it are very nice.

As you can imagine being a small town Franklin consequently doesn’t have a lot of dining options. So much of the time we pack lunches and snack with us – those are essential items of a “road trip” anyway. If we have to get something there is a good burger place called The General Store in the next town over in New Baden.

Overall we love our “Baseball Experience” at “The Ranch” in Franklin, Texas. If you ever get a chance to watch a game there on a beautiful-spring day – do it! It’s a great combination of two of America’s past-times: Baseball & Small Towns.

Cary Michael Cox