Being based out of Nashville, we're always looking for that adventure that is close to home, but gets us out of the city, so when we stumbled upon a trail that led us from Nashville to Cookeville, we knew we had to give it a shot.
With a steady mix of town squares, overlooks, historic homes, and waterfalls, we headed out of Nashville on a Friday afternoon along the Promised Land Trail, one of the 16 Discover Tennessee Trails & Byways, in search of the Southern charm we've grown to love.
We arrived at our first stop for the day at Canoe the Caney a little later than scheduled, but the staff there was beyond helpful to get us on the river and tell us all the stops along the way. Kayaking the Caney Fork River was the perfect start to our weekend, and being so late in the summer we started to see glimpses of fall as we navigated the river bends, on our 5-mile ride.
We quickly got off the river and onto Center Hill Lake to grab some food and drinks at Blue Water Grille while watching the sunset.
The next day we woke up to the smell of bacon in the friendliest of Bed and Breakfasts, The Saltbox Inn.
We made our way to Cookeville's first community created mountain bike trail at Cane Creek Park. It was our first time on a MTB trail, and was definitely an exciting challenge. Exhausted from our workout, we hopped in the pool, before heading downtown for the Fall Fun Fest. Downtown Cookeville was a quaint town with great food and culture that feels like there's much more to it than what you can discover in a weekend. Some of our favorite spots included Poet's Coffee, World Foods, the Cooke House, and Cream City Ice Cream & Coffee House.
We ended the day on Bee Rock in Monterrey before the storms rolled in having us settle in our rooms and watch football.
The next day we headed to Fall Creek Falls, as we had just been to Cummins Falls a few days prior. We met up with a local photographer friend, and we made our way down to Fall Creek Falls where the water was slightly trickling off the edge, and there were many couples relaxing on the rocks.
From there, we made our way to our favorite location in the area, Rock Island State Park. Between cliff jumping, swimming, kayaking, and camping, Rock Island is an outdoor lover's playground. We spent some time jumping off cliffs at Great Falls before making our way over to Twin Falls. Twin Falls is something you need to see if you are in the area.
We left Cookeville with full hearts, as our hosts and friends really made us feel at home. There's nothing quite like southern hospitality and Tennessee surely knows how to make you feel at home.