Middle TN, Nashville Writer

Vernon Summerlin

Hi there! I’m Vernon Summerlin. Like many, I came to Nashville to break into the music industry. After years of striving, I put songwriting aside when I sold the first two fishing articles I wrote. I was being published more than the average songwriter, and I got to fish all I wanted. Talk about being in heaven—it was like being paid to eat candy! Twenty-five years later, I’ve written/co-written 11 books, had a weekly outdoor column for Middle Tennessee newspapers, put my pen to countless fishing articles, and have been a host for three radio programs and two TV shows. I’m immersed in our state’s outdoor life and will do my best to get you outside to experience Middle Tennessee’s slice of paradise. Describe your perfect Tennessee day. Nothing floats my boat better than catching fish, or at least trying. Give me a partly cloudy day with the temperature in the mid-60s by 11 a.m. and a breeze causing a light ripple on the surface. In my “Old Man Boat” with my wife, Cathy, and Jake, the golden retriever, trolling the Cumberland River for smallmouth, walleye, striper. Where’s the first place you’d take a friend visiting Tennessee? We often take our friends for a tour of the northern end of the Natchez Trace Parkway. Each season suggests the activity we’ll include—walking the old trails, wading in a creek, picking berries, photographing waterfalls or capturing deer or turkeys on camera. If you could meet one historical Tennessean, who would it be and why? (This can be someone still living.) I would love to visit with Bill Dance and fish with him. He blazed the trail for so many anglers, inspiring some anglers to become fishing pros, some to write, some to develop outdoor TV shows. He’s always gracious, with something substantial to offer.

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Edwin Warner Park

Nature Provides the Setting for Valentine’s Day Romance in Middle Tennessee

Saint Valentine’s Day, according to Webster’s New World Dictionary, honors a Christian martyr from Rome who lived during the 3rd century A.D. After English poet...Read on

Caney Fork River Fishing

Nature’s Calling: Visit These Tennessee Fishing Spots in 2013

Creating a list of places I’d like to visit this year is like eating candy with each bite sweeter than the last. Although my blogs...Read on

River batteries at Fort Donelson National Battlefield overlook a sweeping view of the Cumberland River.

Remembering Iron Valentines at Fort Donelson National Battlefield

Simon Bolivar Buckner and U.S. Grant met while students at West Point. They met again in New York during 1854 when Grant was down on...Read on

Bald Eagles Tennessee

The Eagles Have Landed In Tennessee

I scanned distant treetops on a cold January day nearly 30 years ago at Reelfoot Lake State Park in hopes of spotting flashy white heads...Read on

Sandhill Crane Tennessee

Sandhill Crane Festival Flies Into Tennessee

What is tall, red-headed, just passing through and likes to dance and sing passionate duets? Nope. Not Reba McEntire. But here are a few more...Read on

More than 200 experts will share their passionate interests in the natural and human history of the Great Smoky Mountains during the 23rd annual Wilderness Wildlife Week from January 12 through January 19, 2013.

Wilderness Wildlife Week Comes to the Smokies

For people who love the outdoors, visiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park during Wilderness Wildlife Week is an unparalleled introduction to the park’s natural...Read on

Behind the large parking area and restrooms at Garrison Creek, a hiking trail heads steeply up the hill while hitching posts lead to a 20-mile horse and hiking trail that meanders along the edge of the woods, past pastures and beside creeks as it parallels the Natchez Trace Parkway.

Cure Your Cabin Fever on the Natchez Trace Parkway

After cold, drizzling rain and inertia kept us inside for a couple of days, a trip to the historic Natchez Trace Parkway near our Leiper’s...Read on