The Jack Trail
Saddle up and hit The Jack Trail, where history, music, horses and distilleries are waiting to be discovered. Visit the small towns that produced music legends and come face-to-face with Civil War stories. Stop along your journey for a sip at legendary distilleries or some mouthwatering country cooking and raise your glass to a road trip to remember.
Downtown Nashville Visitor Center
Inside the glass tower of Bridgestone Arena, visitors can talk with Music City experts for "inside" tips; pick up brochures, maps and coupons; shop for souvenirs; and buy tickets for attractions, all while listening to live music.
Originally the Union Gospel Tabernacle, this 1892 church became an entertainment venue, presenting operas, vaudeville shows and top artists in the early 1900s. The auditorium is best known as the former home of the Grand Ole Opry, which performed here from 1943-1974 before moving to the current Grand Ole Opry House. Stop in to tour the venue, and visit the museum and gift shop.
Tennessee State Capitol
Perched on a high hill, this massive 1859 limestone structure is one of the most magnificent public buildings of its time. William Strickland, its architect, considered this to be his master- piece and is entombed above the cornerstone of the building. The governor's office is here, along with the State House and Senate chambers. You'll find works of art, murals and frescoes, the tomb of President James K. Polk and his wife; and monuments to Presidents Andrew Jackson and Andrew Johnson, Sergeant Alvin C. York and Sam Davis, the "Boy Hero of the Confederacy."
Frist Art Museum
This world-class, non-profit exhibition center is dedicated to bringing major American and international exhibits to Nashville, as well as the finest visual art from local, state and regional artists.
Union Station Hotel
Built for the Louisville & Nashville Railroad, this 1900 structure was a key center in America's economy and culture. Guests from all over the world visit this truly grand train station-turned- hotel today. Make plans to stay over- night or just stop to admire the lobby, formerly the main terminal, lit with Tiffany-style windows.
This vibrant district was once a mass of abandoned buildings and a railway yard. Today, it is the first LEED* certified neighborhood in the South and a balanced collection of shops, restaurants, residences and office space. Stop in Whiskey Kitchen for "Jack Black Poppers" made with Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 or take in a live bluegrass show at Station Inn.
Arnold's Country Kitchen
Inside this red building is one of Nashville's best "meat and three" restaurants and a "soul food landmark" according to Frommer's and Southern Living. Dine cafeteria-style with the locals and you'll come away with new friends and a full stomach.
Lane Motor Museum
You don't have to be a car fanatic to enjoy the 150 unique cars and motorcycles here, including the largest European car collection in the U.S. The vehicles date from the 1920s to present day and feature microcars; military, amphibious, and alternative fuel vehicles; and rare prototypes.
Long Hunter State Park
It's worth the 5-mile drive up Hobson Pike to visit this Tennessee treasure situated along the shores of Percy Priest Lake. The park is divided into three parts named for farming communities now mostly inundated by the reservoir: Couchville, Baker's Grove, and Bryant's Grove. Explore the Sellars Farm State Archeological Area, a protected Native American mounds site dating back to the Mississippian period. Enjoy camping, picnicking, swimming, hiking, backpacking, boating, fishing and observing wildlife.
During the Civil War, La Vergne alternated between Union and Confederate occupation with at least seven battles and skirmishes on record. Most of the town's buildings were burned in 1862 leaving it a quiet rural community for the next century. Today, it is home to the largest industrial park in the state, and has become a smart choice for international companies to set up headquarters, including Whirlpool Corporation, Bridgestone, and Singer Sewing Co.
This small town traces its name to a little square log Presbyterian church, built on the Stones River and named for a Bible passage in the Book of Revelation. From 1941 until the early "™70s, Smyrna was home to Sewart Air Force base, housing over 10,000 military personnel and their families. When it closed, structures were converted into industrial space and an airport. The impound- ment of Percy Priest Lake in the 1960s created a popular outdoor destination and in the 1980s, Nissan North America put Smyrna on the map with the first Japanese auto plant in the U.S.
This 1873 landmark was a stop on the Nashville & Chattanooga Railroad, connecting the area with Charleston and New Orleans. Now restored, it hosts events like the popular family festival "Depot Day" each fall.
Sam Davis Home and Plantation
Tour this nine-room, 1820 home and learn its fascinating story. Sam Davis is known as the "Boy Hero of the Confederacy," a courier who was hanged by the Union Army when he refused to reveal the source of classified information - stolen Union battle plans - he was carrying to Confederate authorities. A film and museum highlight the life and death of this Civil War legend, and explore the tumultuous time in Middle Tennessee before, during and after the war.
Nissan North America, Inc.
The manufacturing plant produces several of the top Nissan vehicles, including the all-electric Nissan LEAF. See all parts of the vehicle assembly process, from steel cutting to painting to carpet installation. Tours by advance reservation.
Stones River National Battlefield
This 650-acre park and cemetery are dedicated to preserving the memory of those who fought and died on this crucial Civil War battlefield. Walk where 81,000 soldiers fought and 23,515 were killed, wounded or captured during one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. Living history programs presented periodically. Ranger programs, April-Oct; call for times.
Time travel between 1830 and 1930 when you tour the gristmill, schoolhouse, telephone operator's house, doctor's office, general store, and other buildings representing 100 years of early Tennessee life in this historic replica village. If you're lucky, you'll catch the International FolkFest & Car Show in June or the Uncle Dave Macon Days old-time music and dance festival in July. Cannonsburgh is also home to the World's Largest Cedar Bucket. The Murfreesboro Art League keeps a gallery here and offers work- shops and event space. Open May-Dec.
The Heritage Center of Murfreesboro & Rutherford County
Discover downtown's rich history through interactive displays and educational programs. Free, guided walking tours, Mon.- Fri.,10a.m.-3p.m., on the hour. Park & walk to visit pts. 22 & 23.
This elegant Antebellum mansion was caught in the crossfire of the Civil War in 1862, when Confederates surprised the occupying Union forces camped on the front lawn. The children of the house watched the fighting from the upstairs window. The Union officially surrendered Murfreesboro here, and the town remained in Confederate hands until the Battle of Stones River. Tour the mansion and be transported back to a time of Old South prosperity. Closed Mon. As you come to the intersection of Maney Avenue and East Main Street, catch a glimpse of the fine architecture in East Main Street Historic District (private residences).
Discovery Center at Murfree Spring
Kids of all ages will delight in this hands-on museum and nature center designed to inspire and educate. Check out the exhibits, two-story slide and outdoor Murfree Spring wetlands.
Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU)
Founded in 1911 as one of three state colleges for teacher training, MTSU boasts Centers of Excellence in Historic Preservation and Popular Music "" fitting for a school in this area of Tennessee. Take a walk or drive around this modern campus and its historical core.
1301 E. Main St.
Arts Center of Cannon County
This award-winning center highlights the area's local history and craft traditions, including baskets, chairs, and even moonshine. Host to the annual White Oak Craft Fair every fall, the center also produces local traditional music concerts and recordings, and theatrical productions. Visit the museum and gallery, or stop by The Blue Porch at the Arts Center for some perfected local comfort food.
1424 John Bragg Hwy
Higgins Moonlight Drive-In
Pack up the family car and enjoy new release movies beneath the starlit sky at this popular theater. Open Fri.-Sun.; call for times & schedule.
931 W. Main St.
Short Mountain Distillery
This new distillery is already producing a variety of spirits, including the award-winning, 105- proof authentic Tennessee Moonshine and delicious, 40-proof Apple Pie Moonshine, both available for purchase on site. Stop in for a tour and tasting, but plan for the weather as most of the tour takes place outdoors. Open Tues.-Sat., 9a.m.-4p.m.
Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park
Visit what may be the most spectacular Woodland-period Native American ceremonial site in the U.S., and the largest and most complex hilltop enclosure in the South. A museum shares the 2,000-year history behind this amazing combination of cliffs, rivers, and man-made mounds, used for over 500 years as a sacred gathering place. Camping, hiking and fishing are available on the park's 876 acres along the Duck River.
Beans Creek Winery
Tom Brown made his first wine in 1976 in his mom's kitchen with two friends, and has spent 30 years perfecting his award-winning recipe using grapes that grow well in Tennessee. Sample everything from dry reds to sweet whites and visit the gift shop for unique items.
Stop and explore this historic square, lined with shops and curiosities including Toliver's Pawn Shop, Smoot's Flowers & Gifts and Baker Brother's Drug Co., and eateries like The Brew. The 1871 Italianate Coffee County Court- house was built to replace the 1837 court- house burned in a suspicious fire rumored to have been set by a local official who was "short on his books."
300 Hillsboro Blvd.
As you enter downtown, note the 1889 depot and Victorian homes in the North Atlantic Historic District-Depot District (public buildings/private residences). Between shopping and dining, be sure to take your photo in Caboose Park. It's a reminder of the days of the Chattanooga & St. Louis and Nashville & Chattanooga Railroads that helped to grow Tullahoma.
N.W. Atlantic St.
Beechcraft Heritage Museum
The Beechcraft Heritage Museum is a distinctly original world class aviation museum. The Museum is situated in a picturesque campus-style setting adjacent to the Tullahoma, Tennessee Regional Airport (THA). Our 60,000+ square foot facility houses thirty-six airplanes ranging from the first manufactured 1924 Travel Air; to the first Beechcraft airplane manufactured, Serial Number 1 Staggerwing; to the first of only five every built Travel Air Mystery Ship; to the modern day Starship.
Spend a nostalgic evening with the family where movie-goers can see the latest releases.
10251 Tullahoma Hwy/ Hwy 41A
Grandaddy's Farm is a pumpkin patch adventure farm in Estill Springs, Tenn. Since our start in 2006 we have brought our passion for all things farm, fall, fun and family to your visit at Grandaddy's Farm. Aside from the pumpkin patch and hayrides, we also offers a corn maze, fall market, animal barn, pig races, 150-ft. Landslide and many more fun fall attractions.
This historic town dates back to the mid-1800s, grown by the Nashville & Chattanooga Railroad. It had one major hotel then, and hosted guests from all over the country as they awaited their next train. Today, visitors can pass the time by treasure hunting at Lamb House Antiques and shopping for knitting and craft materials at Decherd Needlework.
E. Main St.
Old Jail Museum
Tour the restored jail cell and imagine life as a prisoner during the mid-1800s. Also see fascinating artifacts from the Civil War, and pioneer eras, as well as Dinah Shore memorabilia. March-Oct., Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
400 Dinah Shore Dlvd.
Historic Downtown Winchester
This town square has undergone exciting renovations, energizing the area and preserving its history. If you're visiting in May, don't miss the International Dogwood Festival held right here every year. Indulge your sweet tooth at Designer Cakes, follow the smell of popcorn into historic Oldham Theater or grab a coffee and lunch at San Miguel Coffee Co. and admire the glass windows from Belgium.
First Ave. N.E.
This small town began as a passenger stop on the Nashville & Chattanooga Rail- road in the early 1850s. It was a base for the Cowan-Sherwood Pusher District, a team of engines dispatched to help heavy trains travel up Cumberland Mountain. Visit the Cowan Railroad Museum at the 1904 depot and see history depicted in artifacts and models. Museum open Thurs.-Mon. After sightseeing and shopping, grab a bite to eat at Sernicola's Restaurant, serving home-style Italian favorites.
Tims Ford State Park
Located on Tims Ford Reservoir, this 2,200-acre site is known for its bass fishing and water recreation. Two marinas inside the park provide the amenities you need for a day on the lake, and there are also bike and hiking trails, a pool and playgrounds. Overnight guests can choose from cozy cabins or RV and camp sites. The picturesque Bear Trace at Tims Ford is part of the Tennessee Golf Trail.
Lynchburg Welcome Center
Start your visit here, just a short walk from the square.
N. Mechanic St.
Enjoy the shops, restaurants, and century-old Moore County Courthouse, all part of a unique and popular historic district.
N. Mechanic St.
Miss Mary Bobo's Boarding House Restaurant
This 100+ year-old place is world famous! Your table will have its own hostess, to share history and make sure the food gets passed around. Proprietress Lynne Tolley is Jack Daniel's great grand- niece. Lunch: 11a.m. & 1p.m., call ahead for availability. Reservations required for dinner.
Jack Daniel Distillery & Visitor Center
This is the oldest registered distillery in the U.S., and the famous place where Jack Daniel first crafted the recipe for Old No.7. It's where the pure, iron-free cave spring water flows, and where every drop of Jack Daniel's Tennessee Sippin' Whiskey is still made today. Take a free tour and get to know Jack.
182 Lynchburg Hwy
From not-so-tropical Middle Tennessee comes Prichard's award-winning rum, recognized as one of the 15 best rums in the world. See the copper pot stills used to make the rum and other spirits, including bestseller Sweet Lucy. Stop by the museum, or sample a cool cocktail while you're here. As you drive into Fayetteville on Hwy 50/ Mulberry Avenue, note the beautiful homes in the Mulberry-Washington-Lincoln Historic District (private residences).
This was one of the first U.S. county seats requiring a court- house square at its center. Today, the Lincoln County Courthouse anchors a vibrant mix of local businesses. People come from miles around to shop the incredible selection at Sir's Fabrics, the largest fabric store in the Southeast. Find collectibles and more at Magnolia Antique Mall and original creations by regional artists at Dragonfly Gallery & Design. For a unique dining experience, enjoy your meal in an old jail cell at Cahoots Restaurant, then catch a first-run movie at the 1951 Lincoln Theatre.
Main Ave. S.
Sam Davis Museum
Located in the Sam Davis Avenue Historic District, this museum stands on the spot where the "Boy Hero of the Confederacy" was executed on November 27, 1863. Captured with damaging information, Davis chose death rather than betray his source. See memorabilia including leg irons worn by the hero. Open 3rd Sun. of month.
Giles County Trail of Tears Memorial
This site commemorates the Cherokee people who walked the Trail of Tears, the forced exodus from Middle Tennessee to present-day Oklahoma. It also stands as a monument to David Crockett's strong opposition to the Indian Removal Act of 1830, which passed by only one vote. Notice the 1855 Queen Anne-style house, now a bank, once home to Governor John C. Brown. He was a key figure in establishing the Tennessee State Constitution.
Loaded with history, this is a great place to explore. Pick up a walking tour brochure. Be sure to note the 1909 neo-classical Giles County Courthouse, arguably one of the finest in the state, as well as the Sam Davis Monument on the south lawn.
N. 1st St.
Lairdland Farm House & Civil War Museum
This beautifully restored Antebellum home is filled with handsome antique furniture and an extensive private collection of Civil War artifacts. The Lairdland Farm is a century farm.
3238 Blackburn Hollow Rd.
Milky Way Farms
During the 1930s, Frank Mars built a successful farm here, employ- ing locals and saving the area economically. Mars and his wife, Ethel, owned the confectionery company Mars Candy, makers of "" you guessed it "" the Milky Way Bar. Today, the historic site is a retreat center, weddings and receptions, various weekend horse races, you can ride the horse trails anytime for a minimal fee. Call to schedule your tour or wedding today. Open by appointment.
This small town dates back to 1810, a stop on the old stagecoach pike connecting Nashville to Decatur, Alabama. The railroad boom of the 1850s and '60s brought the Central-Southern line and with it, a viable economy. During the Civil War, much of Lynnville was burned and for a long period, occupied by Union forces.
In 1830, this town was named for its location: near the corner where the counties of Giles, Maury, Bedford and Lincoln came together. Once part of Giles, it joined Marshall County in 1870.
Founded in the early 1800s, Lewisburg was named for frontier explorer Meriwether Lewis of the famed duo Lewis and Clark. The historic downtown has unique shops and eateries surrounding the stately Marshall County Courthouse, and a monument honoring Confederate Civil War veterans.
101 1st Ave.
Henry Horton State Park
This is the former estate of Henry H. Horton, the state's 36th governor. The park holds remnant of Wilhoite Mill (ca.1845) that operate for over a century on the Duck River. Make plans to spend the night in The Park Inn or cabins, eat at the Southern buffet-style restaurant, or hike, swim, fish and camp. There's also an 18-hole golf course and trap and skeet range.
Shelbyville Historic Square
Established in 1810, this town has a long history as a trade center, first depending on the Duck River and then the railroad in the mid-1800s. During the Civil War, it was known as "Little Boston" for its pro-Union stance. The square is home to historic buildings like the Bedford County Courthouse, the fifth to stand on this spot. Confederate soldiers accidentally set fire to the courthouse here in 1863; another was burned by a lynch mob.
104 Public Sq. E.
J. Jordan Boutique
In 1813, Andrew Jackson is said to have carved "this is War Trail Creek" into a beech tree on his nearby property, marking a Native American warpath and giving the future town of Wartrace its name. Today, it's also known as "Cradle of the Tennessee Walking Horse"; the breed was developed here in the late 1800s. The old Well House you see serves as a stage every June at the Wartrace Musicfest.
This wonderful small town dates back to 1852, established by local merchant A.D. Fugitt. Today, it's a thriving arts community and home of The Webb School, a renowned preparatory academy. Its downtown row of eclectic shops and eateries draw tourists throughout the year.
Abolitionist James M. Grant, cousin of President Ulysses S. Grant, founded this once bustling railroad community. The name honors African-Americans who stopped the capture of runaway slaves in Pennsylvania during the controversial 1851 "Christiana Riot".
This town was founded as "Manchester" in 1832, but was renamed to avoid confusion when the post office was established "" another Manchester (point 44) is just 50 miles away. Local legend has it that an unusually large eagle was killed behind the village, inspiring its new name in 1836. In the early 1900s, the town flourished economically and even included a college.
Sample award- winning wines and drink in the breath- taking sunset from this tasting lodge, built from rustic timbers and Tennessee fieldstone. The covered deck features incredible views of the rolling hills and countryside.
Back in downtown Franklin, the Old Tennessee Trail ends where it began. This town square holds dozens of unique shopping and dining experiences, but remains true to its Main Street identity, with brick sidewalks and beautifully restored buildings in the 16-block historic district. Today, it's an upscale suburb of Nashville, named to Southern Living's "Best Small Town" top 10 list. Now that you have a sense of the area's rich history, take in the town square with a new perspective. Walk these streets and imagine the events, people and culture that have shaped it for hundreds of years.
Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint
Bon Appetit magazine named Martin's a "Top 10 BBQ Restaurant" and Garden & Gun magazine called its Redneck Taco one of the "100 Southern Foods You Absolutely, Positively Must Try Before you Die."
7238 Nolensville Rd.
Grassmere Historic Home and Farm
Situated on the 200-acre Grassmere estate, this zoo is home to African elephants, Bengal tigers, red pandas and more in beautifully designed habitats, including Kangaroo Kickabout opening in 2013. Kids love the Jungle Gym, the largest community-built playground in the U.S. The historic Grassmere House still stands on the grounds, providing a glimpse into 1880s farm life.
3777 Nolensville Pk.
Nashville, TN 37211
Tennessee Agricultural Museum
At Ellington Agricultural Center, this former horse barn houses a collection of artifacts from the 19th and early 20th centuries including tools, textiles, woodworks and farm equipment. Explore the log cabin, garden, and nature trail.
440 Hogan Rd.
Travellers Rest Plantation & Museum
This 1799 home was built by Circuit Judge John Overton, friend of Andrew Jackson. He called it Travellers Rest for the relief he felt upon arriving here after long hours on horseback. The 2,300-acre plantation produced cotton with the help of about 50 slaves. The site served as Confederate General John B. Hood's headquarters the night before the Civil War Battle of Nashville in 1864, and sustained some damage during the conflict. Take a self-guided tour of the grounds, or stay for a guided home tour.
Radnor Lake State Park
This lake was created in 1913 by the L&N Railroad company as a reservoir to supply water for its steam engines. A major grassroots effort resulted in Radnor Lake's official preservation —established in 1973 as the state's first natural area and protected eco-system. It's a great place for a short hike near a quiet lake, just outside the city's hum.
Fort Negley Park and Visitors Center
In February 1862, during the Civil War, Confederate commanders had abandoned any attempt to keep control of Nashville. Union forces moved in quickly and built this star-shaped limestone block structure covering four acres of land, with newly freed slaves providing the labor. Fort Negley never saw much action, as the 1864 Battle of Nashville was largely fought farther south of the city. The fort was restored as part of a WPA* project in the 1930s. Explore the new Visitors Center to learn the story of the nearly 3,000 people who built the fort and the soldiers and city it served.
Adventure Science Center
This hands-on learning center is tons of fun for kids of all ages. Complete your astronaut training and tour the solar system at the Space Chase exhibit, get up close and personal at BodyQuest, the interactive exhibit about the human body, and gaze at the stars at the Sudekum Planetarium
Broadway Historic Entertainment District
The collection of music venues and watering holes here drowned the sorrows and launched the careers of many music stars. Bars like Tootsie's Orchid Lounge became a sort of "backstage" for up-and-coming performers like Willie Nelson and Patsy Cline, making the "37 steps" in the alley between Tootsie's and the Ryman famous.
Broadway, between 4th & 5th Av