Get ready for the Cotton Junction Trail, a rural journey through West Tennessee, named for the hypnotic beauty of the region’s signature cotton fields in early fall. It’s dotted with amazing stories, historic landmarks, and unique sights. Just as the first railroads once did, this route connects the area’s classic small towns, with plenty of stops to admire handsome courthouses, pop into art galleries, and visit local museums. Learn about the American experience through the stories of early pioneers, railroad heroes, the reign of “King Cotton,” the struggles of slaves and sharecroppers, and more. Sample some famous West Tennessee barbecue, and indulge your sweet tooth—and your nostalgic side—at one of the best old-time candy stores in the South. The musical heritage on this trail is as rich as the Delta soil. Learn about blues legends, rock-a-billy heroes, and international icons like the “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll” herself—Tina Turner—who have called this area home. Like any good road trip, this trail is full of one-of-a-kind discoveries including quirky roadside attractions. Get up close and personal with exotic wildlife on a century-old family farm in Alamo; marvel at the giant, ever-evolving steel structure of Brownsville artist Billy Tripp; and tour the world’s largest collection of teapots in Trenton. Whatever your “sweet spot,” you’ll find it on the Cotton Junction Trail.
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