Nashville's Trace Trail
Wineries, honky tonks, the great outdoors and secrets from the past. Walk in the footsteps of David Crockett and U.S. Presidents Andrew Jackson and James K. Polk. Investigate the mysterious death of explorer Meriwether Lewis. See what life on plantations was like in the 1800s, and stand on sites where the Civil War left scars you can still see today.
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. More favorites include Robert's Western World, The Stage, Legends Corner; the honky tonks in Printers Alley, just a few blocks away; and Station Inn in The Gulch. Hatch Show Print – Nestled along Broadway is one of the oldest working letterpress print shops in America. For 125 years, Hatch has printed concert posters for musicians ranging from country's original legends to popular contemporary artists.
Broadway, between 4th & 5th Av
Nashville's Music Mile
Walk part of this one-mile stretch that connects downtown to Music Row and enjoy these highlights: Schermerhorn Symphony Center - Visit the home of Nashville's Grammy Award-winning symphony, opened in 2006. A state-of-the art concert hall, it occupies a full city block that includes a public garden, Arpeggio Cafe and education center. Country Music Hall Nashville of Fame & Museum "Inside this unique building is an intimate look at America's music.See one-of-a-kind memorabilia, photos and video, invaluable recordings, traveling exhibits, live shows, a museum store, and Two Twenty • Two Grille. Music City Walk of Fame - A tribute to Nashville-connected musicians of all genres this park features start markers dedicatd to artists including Roy Orbison, Reba McEntire and Fisk Jubilee Singers. The nearby Nashville Music Garden features roses named for songs, singers and the city including the Brenda Lee, Coal Miner's Daughter and Widow of the South. Frist Center for the Visual Arts" 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. Gift shop and cafe on site.
The Parthenon in Centennial Park
The centerpiece of this beautiful urban public park, the Parthenon and the massive Athena statue inside, are full-scale replicas of the Greek originals. Built for Nashville?s 1897 Centennial Exposition, it now serves as an art museum, photo opp and meeting space. The public park is open daily and hosts events year-round. Parthenon open Tues.-Sat.
2600 West End Ave.
Belle Meade Plantation
Connect with Nashville?s history at this 30-acre historic site. Tour the 1853 Greek Revival mansion, beautifully preserved with six solid limestone columns quarried from the property. Eat at The Harding House or take in a tasting at Nashville?s only winery.
Loveless Café, Shops & Barn
Nationally acclaimed and frequented by celebrities, the café serves up award-winning country ham, Southern-fried chicken, and Nashville's favorite scratch biscuits and fruit preserves. Check out the collection of unique shops and event venue, the Loveless Barn, featuring its live Americana music show, Music City Roots, every Wednesday night.
8400 Highway 100
War of 1812 Memorial / Old Trace
The U.S. Army cleared this section of the "Natchez Road" in 1801 to be used as a postal route.
Natchez Trace Parkway Milepost 426.3
Baker Bluff Overlook
Learn about area conservation and farming while enjoying the beautiful views of a family farm. The Jackson Falls trail may be accessed from here to the next mile marker.
Natchez Trace Parkway milepost 405.1
Devil's Backbone State Natural Area
These 300 acres of protected woodland are available to visitors for hiking and primitive camping. Trails are in development, with a moderately strenuous, 3-mile loop trail with 200 feet of elevation change already completed. Bring your hiking boots for a great trek as you travel the Trace.
Natchez Trace Parkway milepost 394.1
Meriwether Lewis Monument & Grave
Learn more about the fascinating life and mysterious death of Meriwether Lewis in this 300-acre park. A few feet from the original location of Grinder's Stand, where this famous explorer died, a cabin constructed in 1935 contains exhibits on Lewis' life and death. You'll also find walking trails, a picnic area and campgrounds. Accessible restrooms.
Natchez Trace Parkway milepost 385.9
Metal Ford / McLish Stand
This stop offers a beautiful view of the Buffalo River and Metal Ford, which takes its name from its stone bottom that reminded frontier travelers of stone-surfaced or "metaled" roads of the day. Some attribute the name to its proximity to a nearby iron furnace partially owned by a U.S. Supreme Court Justice in the 1820s. John McLish, part Chickasaw Indian, also operated a stand here and received Andrew Jackson as a guest. President Jackson used his relationship with McLish to convince the tribe to give up their lands peacefully and move to Oklahoma. The treaty was signed in Franklin and opened up a large area for U.S. settlement.
Natchez Trace Parkwaymilepost 381.8
Tennessee-Alabama State Line
From here, the Natchez Trace Parkway continues through Alabama and ends in Natchez, Mississippi. Turn around and head back north, and take any of the off-Trace loops you may have missed on your way down. Please note that you will be following the loop directions in reverse order.
Natchez Trace Parkway milepost 341.8
Downtown Franklin/Main Street
This beautifully restored 16-block historic district on the National Historic Register holds dozens of unique shopping and dining experiences. The quaint flavor of this upscale suburb landed Franklin on Southern Living's "Best Small Town" top ten list. Walk these streets; imagine the events, people and culture that have shaped it for hundreds of years.
109 3rd Avenue South
Williamson County Visitor Center
Stop in for maps and info on self-guided walking tours, including the Franklin Tour iPad App and Franklin on Foot guided tours with subjects like history, Civil War and ghost stories. You'll also find Old Tennessee Trail and The Jack Trail self-guided driving tour brochures.
400 Main St.
This 1830 house and its buildings hold more than a thousand bullet holes, received during the Battle of Franklin on November 30, 1864. In fact, the farm office on the property is known to be the most bullet-damaged building still standing from the Civil War. Some of the bloodiest hand-to-hand combat took place right here, as the Carter family hid in the basement for safety. Today, the Carter House, its buildings, and eight acres of its property are preserved and open to the public, including a fascinating museum, gift shop and guided tours.
1140 Columbia Avenue
Carnton Plantation and McGavock Confederate Cemetery
This Antebellum mansion dates back to 1826, built by former Nashville Mayor Randal McGavock. During the Civil War, it was the home of Colonel John and Carrie McGavock, featured in the best-selling novel "Widow of the South." Just a few hundred yards from the front lines of battle, the home served as a hospital during the Battle of Franklin, and its wood floors still show blood stains from the more than 300 soldiers brought in that day. Generals Cleburne, Granbury, Adams and Strahl's bodies laid on the back porch after the battle. The adjacent McGavock Confederate Cemetery contains 1,500 graves, the largest private Confederate cemetery in the U.S. Today, the plantation is restored, open for public tours, and is used for private and community events.
1345 Carnton Lane
Leiper's Fork Art
You'll find a variety of galleries here including Leiper's Creek Gallery, The Copper Fox and David Arms at The Barn, each showcasing an eclectic selection of art by local artists. Leiper's Creek Gallery 4144 Old Hillsboro Rd. Leiper's Fork 615-477-6799 The Copper Fox 4136 Old Hillsboro Rd. Leiper's Fork 615-861-6769 David Arms at the Barn 4136 Old Hillsboro Rd. Leiper's Fork 615-628-856
4144 Old Hillsboro Rd.
Leiper's Fork Guitars
Stop inside for one-of-a-kind guitars and components. Closed Mon. & Tues.
4208 Old Hillsboro Rd. Ste. 3
Leiper's Fork Church of Christ
This meeting house was built in 1821, and is the place where David Lipscomb led a congregation to adopt positions as noncombatants during the Civil War. Their petition was rejected by Military Governor Andrew Johnson, who later became President of the United States.
4207 Old Hillsboro Rd.
Yeoman's in the Fork
Located in the 1881 Dr. J. W. Allen house, this shop is a must for rare book and history lovers. View rare books and papers, including documents in the hand of every U.S. president.
4216 Old Hillsboro Rd.
Benton's Well and Slave Cabin
Travelers along the old Natchez Trace drank from Benton's Well and camped here. An 1801 slave cabin still exists on the property. (private Property) Nearby Green's Grocery is now a tucked-away music venue for local pickers and country stars alike.
4345 Old Hillsboro Rd.
Leiper's Fork Market & Visitor Information Kiosk
Stop for a snack and some area history as you view old photos on the walls.
4348 Old Hillsboro Road
In 1801, Revolutionary soldier William Sparkman settled on 320 acres near the Tennessee Valley Divide. The land contained the Boston Church of Christ (1854), which became a leading force in the Restoration Movement. As you pass through, take a break and a step back in time at the Davis Store, which has served this community since 1928.
5600 Leipers Creek Rd.
You're now in the unincor- porated agricultural community of Fly. Visit Fly's General Store (R), opened in 1906 by the Fly family, original settlers in the area.
5661 Leipers Creek Rd.
Accents and Antiques
Columbia's largest antique mall has 7,000 square feet of antiques, collectibles, glassware, furniture, jewelry and more.
37 Public Square #38
Constructed in 1835 as a private residence, in 1852 it became the rectory of The Athenaeum, one of the most highly regarded girls' schools in the South. Its 22-acre campus enrolled about 125 female boarding students at a time, until its closing in 1904. The architecture is a blend of styles, from Gothic and Greek Revival to Italianate and Moorish. Tours available.
808 Athenaeum Street
P. 0. Box 942
St. John's Church
This 1842 church was built where the Polk sons' properties met. Leonidas, an Episcopal Priest, convinced the other brothers to build a church on the land. As the Confederates passed by on their way to the Battle of Franklin, General Patrick Cleburne remarked that it was "almost worth dying to be buried in such a beautiful spot." When General Cleburne was killed in the Battle of Franklin, his body was interred here temporarily, along with two other generals (Strahl and Granbury). The cemetery also serves as the traditional burial ground for Episcopal Bishops of Tennessee.
6497 Trotwood Ave.
Rattle and Snap
William Polk, original owner of the property, won 5,648 acres of land in a game of chance called "Rattle and Snap" and divided it between his four sons. George Polk built this mansion, named after the game and known as one of the best examples of Greek Revival residential architecture in the country. The home is open to the public for tours (advance reservations required, admission charged). The Carriage House on the property is available for overnight stays. It is one of two National Historic Landmarks in Maury County.
1522 N. Main St.
Keg Springs Winery
It's time for a taste of Tennessee's wine country. Visit these two wineries now or at the start of Loop 4. Bring your own picnic or purchase items here and dine under the covered pavilion. Live music monthly. Open Wed.-Sun.
Amber Falls Winery and Cellars
Enjoy the peaceful grounds and visit the cellar tasting room. Live music monthly. Open daily.
794 Ridgetop Road
Pink Cadillac Drive In
Catch this all-American experience. Watch from your car or bring blankets and chairs for a night under the stars.
2506 Hwy 100
his is the heart of the community, with the Hickman County Courthouse, restaurants like Breece's Café serving locals for almost 75 years, newer favorites like The Farmhouse Café, gift shops and small-town, down-home charm. If you love Fenton glass, Remember When is the largest dealer in Middle Tennessee. Yesterday's on the Square is another great stop for antiques and collectibles. Breece's Café 111 S. Public Sq. Centerville 931-729-3481 The Farmhouse Café 102 S. Public Sq. Centerville 931-729-4129 Remember When 108 S. Public Sq. Centerville 931-729-0052 Yesterday's on the Square 208 E. Public Sq. Centerville 931-729-3719
108 S. Public Sq.
Grinder's Switch Winery
This oasis boasts award-winning wine including "Wines of the South" honors. Relax on the deck or explore the vineyards. The cozy tasting room has crafts and gift items. Open daily.
Junkyard Dog Steakhouse
German for "high forest," the Lewis County seat is aptly named for its location on the Western Highland Rim. Grab a bite to eat on Main Street where you'll find everything from a hearty steak at Junkyard Dog Steakhouse to lighter fare at The Emporium. Junkyard Dog Steakhouse 18 N. Maple St. Hohenwald 931-796-0041 The Emporium 25 E. Main St. Hohenwald 931-796-6965
18 N. Maple St.
Now restored, this 1896 depot welcomed new settlers to the area. Later, it witnessed visits from Thomas Edison and William Wrigley, and served as a work site for German prisoners of war during World War II.
Lewis County Museum & Discovery Center
From a grizzly bear to a tiny African dik dik, the museum houses an exotic collection of animals from around the world, as well as some of the earliest artifacts found in the Southeast and items relating to Meriwether Lewis. Closed Jan.-Feb.
108 East Main Street
The Strand Theatre & Art Gallery
This venue has provided entertainment for over 70 years. Grand Ole Opry singer Roy Acuff and comedian Rod Brasfield performed here, as well as '1940's and '50's film stars. It now presents concerts, movies, plays and art.
Memory Junction Antique Company
Voted "Best Antique Shop in Lewis County"," this store is filled with fine things.
27 South Maple St.
The Elephant Sanctuary Education Gallery
Learn about the nation's largest natural habitat refuge for endangered African and Asian elephants. The sanctuary, just outside Hohenwald, is private, but this center has educational exhibits and a gift shop.
23 E. Main St.
Historic Linden sits on the Buffalo River, making it ideal for outdoor activities. Before heading out to fish or canoe, see the down- town Art District and Perry County Court- house (pictured) "" a classic example of early 20th-century public architecture. Lodging, dining and live music are available at Commodore Hotel & CafeÌ. Mousetail Landing State Park is also nearby on the Tennessee River. Commodore Hotel & CafeÌ 114 E. Main St. Linden 931-589-3224 Mousetail Landing State Park Hwy 438 Linden 731-847-0841
Browse eclectic furniture from turn of the century to the '60s and find a charming antique to take home. Loop 4 ends here. Go east on Highway 20 to return to the Natchez Trace Parkway at Meriwether Lewis Monument & Grave.
1946 Summertown Hwy.
Amish Country Mall Flea Market
Browse the wares of local dealers and craftsmen to find the perfect souvenir.
4011 Hwy 43N
Amish Homestead Farm
Visit the cafeÌ and general store or stay overnight in the bed & breakfast. The site offers guided covered wagon tours through Old Order Amish farms.
1016 Brewer Rd.
Stop in and browse a large selection of items including antiques and collectibles.
3939 Hwy 43N
Crockett Theater Welcome Center
The art deco Crockett Theater was constructed in 1950 and is one of the few theatres from this era still operating in the U.S. The stage is named to honor Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor Michael Jeter, a native of Lawrenceburg. Welcome Center inside theater.
205 N. Military Avenue
This building was first home to the historic Princess Theater, the county's first movie house back in the silent film era. It stayed in operation until the early 1950s when it was replaced by point 103. The building now houses station WDXE AM-FM "" the "Voice of Lawrence County" "" on air since 1951. Group tours by advance reservation.
29 Public Square
David Crockett Monument
In 1817, at the age of 31, David "Davy" Crockett came to Lawrence County and served Tennessee as a justice of the peace, militia colonel and as state representative. Just off the square, the David Crockett Cabin & Museum has an exhibit and short film about his life and political career.
James D. Vaughan Museum
This museum honors the "Father of Southern Gospel Music"," James D. Vaughan, who taught the South how to sing with the renowned Vaughan School of Music. It is located at the site of the original Vaughan Publishing Company.
31 Public Sq.
Trail of Tears Memorial
The route of forced western relocation of the Cherokee Indians, known as the Trail of Tears, passed through downtown Lawrenceburg in 1838. This art- work is dedicated to remembering Cherokee heritage in Lawrence County. As a U.S. congressman repre- senting the county, David Crockett opposed the Indian Removal Act and point 111 tells more of his story.
31 Public Sq.
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.
David Crockett State Park
Just out- side Lawrenceburg, is one of two state parks named in Crockett's honor. The park offers new Green cabins, camping, outdoor recreation with hiking trails and a paved bike trail, a home-cooking, buffet-style restaurant with a gorgeous view, and 40- acre Lindsey Lake for fishing and boating.
WWON - Big Oldies 930 AM
Waynesboro is home to Wayne County's only radio station, Big Oldies 930 AM, and weekly newspaper The Wayne County News.
100 Public Sq. S.
Tennessee Fitness Spa
Guests travel from all over the U.S. to experience this wellness getaway in a scenic, peaceful setting. Fitness classes, lectures and smart cuisine help jump-start healthier lifestyles. The property includes a rare double-span natural rock bridge and an ice cave, which maintains a cool 58 degrees year round. Reservations required. Public access Sundays only.
Bonnie Blue Farm
This working goat farm produces award-winning cheese, sold statewide and used in upscale restaurants like Nashville's Watermark and Sunset Grill. With advance planning, you can stay in the farm's cozy log cabin. Farm tours available by appointment.
257 Dry Creek Road
Wayne County Welcome Center
For true hospitality and one of the trail's best experiences, stop here in Collinwood for area information and to view the special exhibits. Park and walk to visit points 119-122.
219 East Broadway Street