Promised Land Trail
The pioneer spirit lives on. Retrace the footsteps of Tennessee’s earliest pioneers through forested mountains and hills. Stop to enjoy charming communities filled with quaint restaurants and cafes, shops full of unique treasures and natural areas showcasing the sights, sounds and wildlife the settlers encountered more than 200 years ago.
Cookeville Depot Museum
All aboard for a trip back in time. The museum has an extensive collection of artifacts, memorabilia, and photographs of the railroad's history in Putnam County. See running scale trains; then hop on an authentic 1913 Baldwin "10 Wheeler" steam engine. Erected in 1909, this depot is notable for being one of only three brick depots built by the Tennessee Central Railway Company and for its unusual pagoda-style roof design.
Sutton Ole Time Music Hour
Situated just a stone's throw from the Cumberland's banks, this was Granville's general store and grocery from the 1800s until the 1970s. Today, it has been beautifully restored to respect its heritage, with a second-floor balcony and many original features and fixtures. The space functions as a gift shop, family-style dining room, art gallery and bluegrass pickin' parlor — the Sutton Ole Time Music Hour is recorded here on Saturday nights and broadcast worldwide. Open Wed.-Sat., noon-3 p.m.
Cookeville History Museum
Chosen for its two springs and its central spot in the new county of Putnam, Cookeville was chartered in 1856 as the county seat and named for Richard Fielding Cooke, who was instrumental in founding the county in 1854. The routing of the Nashville & Knoxville Railroad (later the Tennessee Central) through Cookeville in 1890 greatly stimulated its prosperity. The rails carried out products of its farms and forests and brought in manufactured goods. After a depot was built west of the square, businesses and residences sprang up nearby, giving Cookeville two commercial districts, WestSide and the Square.
Marathon Music Works
Part of the larger Marathon Village complex, a unique neighborhood of sorts that has become quite a Nashville hotspot, is made up of a group of 100-year-old warehouse buildings which was originally where the Marathon, a car made in the early 1900s, was built. Fast forward to today, and it has become just that. Barry rents the space out to creative companies with the belief that creative minds feed off each other. It’s become a complex for artists’, photographers’, and designers’ studios.
The Garden Inn Bed & Breakfast at Bee Rock
This is one of the more popular climbing spots in Middle Tennessee, with a spectacular overlook of the Calfkiller River and Stamps Hollow. The Garden Inn offers guests a selection of 11 rooms with garden and mountain views. Located on private property, the owner allows photos and use of the area for climbing and hiking during limited hours. Climb at own risk.
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
Come experience the energy and excitement of Music City at Gaylord Opryland Resort. On the banks of the Cumberland River, our landmark Nashville hotel is just minutes from Nashville International Airport and a short drive or riverboat cruise from downtown Nashville. Underneath our climate-controlled, signature glass atrium lies an extraordinary selection of dining, shopping and recreation options that provide the perfect destination for any romantic weekend or family getaway.
Sutton Homestead & Pioneer Village
Take a tour of this 1800s homestead in the quaint town of Granville, led by knowledgeable guides in period costume. Visit the blacksmith, weaving, and grist mill shops as well as a museum and working pioneer village. Don't miss the Transportation Museum, also on the grounds, for a look back on the history of travel by wagon, river, and automobile. Open Wed.-Sat., noon-3 p.m.
Appalachian Center for Craft
This 87,000-square-foot facility, located on more than 500 wooded acres overlooking Center Hill Lake, includes spacious studios, a retail gallery, exhibition galleries, hiking trails and an on-site café. In addition, it offers academic degrees and workshops in clay, fibers, glass metal and wood. Everyone can enjoy this beautiful craft-education facility. Special events include April's Celebration of Craft and November's Holiday Festival. Open daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cumberland County Playhouse
Catch a play in the "house" known across the state. This is the only major non-profit professional performing arts resource in rural Tennessee, and one of the 10 largest professional theaters in rural America. It serves more than 165,000 visitors annually with two indoor and two outdoor stages, young audience productions, a comprehensive dance program, a concert series and touring shows.
Ralph's Donut Shop
Hang out with the locals whose morning rituals bring them to this legendary shop of breakfast and lots of good talk. It's open all day and also the perfect stop for a late-night treat; Ralph's has been a Cookeville tradition for more than 60 years.
Cedars of Lebanon State Park
Enjoy a stay in one of the many cabins or campsites in this 1,000-acre park. Hit the horseback trail, swim, hike or just stop for a picnic. Visitors frequently get glimpses of foxes, deer, squirrels, rabbits and turkeys throughout the park.
Standing Stone Monument
The Standing Stone was a 13-foot rock that once stood upright on a sandstone ledge in the area. It was the legendary boundary between Cherokee and Shawnee territory and marked the Cherokee Tallonteeskee Trail. It later served as a marker for the white men as they traveled west. An eight-foot remnant of this stone has been preserved and stands adjacent to the Monterey Branch Library.
Burgess Falls State Park
Burgess Falls is named after Tom Burgess, a Revolutionary War veteran who settled along this section of the Falling Water River in the 1790s. A 1.5-mile trail loop follows the bluffs along the south bank of the gorge, starting at Falling Water Cascades and ending at a platform overlooking Burgess Falls. Two other falls are also visible from the trail. A stairway leads down to the overhang of Burgess Falls and continues down into the gorge.
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage: Home of the People's President
Walk where President Andrew Jackson lived. His home is one of our nation's most authentically preserved early presidential home sites, as well as one of the oldest and largest historic site museums in the U.S. Through exhibits and tours, visitors can see how this 1,000-acre property evolved from a modest frontier farm in the early 1800s to Jackson's prosperous and extensive cotton plantation.
Rock Island State Park
Located about 15 miles from Sparta, this popular park features cabins, campsites, picnic pavilions, boating, and fishing on the popular Center Hill Lake. The scenic beauty of this 883-acre wooded area is dominated by the 80-foot Twin Falls, which can be viewed from an overlook across an imposing limestone gorge.
Housed in an historic 1873 church building, this museum is filled with photos and memorabilia that provide a detailed pictorial history of Granville, along with artifacts and antiques from a bygone era. Open Wed.- Sat., noon-3 p.m.
The perfect mix of scenic beauty and relaxation, this historic property dates back to 1824, when a Tennessee land grant recorded it as Lockhart's Mill. Today guests can enjoy accommodations with covered decks and spectacular views, hiking, golf, and fishing.
Cummins Falls State Park
Listed as one of the 10 best swimming holes in the U.S. by Travel & Leisure magazine, Cummins Falls is Tennessee's eighth largest waterfall at 75 feet high. Originally granted to a Revolutionary War veteran in the late 18th century, eventually becoming a mill site in the 19th century, and now Tennessee's 54th state park, the site has been a favorite scenic area for visitors and residents for more than a century. Take in beautiful views, and find plenty of opportunities for swimming, picnicking, hiking and more.
DelMonaco Winery & Vineyard
The full wine experience starts here. Open daily, the site offers free walking tours of the vineyards and free tastings of its award-winning wines. Visitors may also browse the gift shop filled with wines and items for the wine connoisseur or novice, or just relax on the patio or in any of the open Bella Rooms.
Edgar Evins State Park
This 6,000- acre park on the banks of Center Hill Lake is a great place to take in the splendor of one of Tennessee's most beautiful reservoirs. Don't miss the observation tower at the Visitor Center for a spectacular view of the lake and surrounding hillsides. Spend some time here picnicking, camping, boating, fishing, taking photos and observing the wildlife. Stay overnight in the lodging complex or dine at The Galley Restaurant located at Edgar Evans Marina.
Dogwood Park Performance Pavilion
This beautiful and shady park is a great place to have a picnic and stroll through the rose garden. You'll also see the bandstand and amphitheatre, home to a variety of event, including Shakespeare in the Park, Dogwood Fridays, Sundays in the Park, and Bryan Symphony Orchestra concerts.
Granville Bed & Breakfast and Gift Shop
This Granville business operates from the former post office, bank and mercantile buildings downtown, with rooms and suites for rent and antiques and gifts for sale. Make Granville an overnight stop on the trail and borrow a bicycle from the B&B to explore this small community's charm and natural beauty. Call for more information and hours of operation.
The Mill at Lebanon
This 1908 brick building was once home to historic Lebanon Woolen Mills, which supplied wool blankets during World War II. Today, it's an adaptive reuse development with art displays, a coffee shop and the Hot Rod Alley Car Museum, which features a collection of hot rods from the 1900s-1950s, a full-size gas station, gift shop and more.
White County Heritage & Lester Flatt Museum
Located just one block from the courthouse, this artifact-filled museum features permanent and temporary exhibits that celebrate the rich history of the Highland Rim region of Tennessee, from pottery and music to military and railroads. Open Thurs.-Sat.; free admission.
Cookeville Children's Museum
Kids will be kids and there's no better place to be one than right here! Enjoy hands-on art and science exhibits, an outdoor play area, a pretend house, farm and more. Children can even dress up for a performance in the dramatic play area.
Historic Lebanon Main Street
Park and walk to pts. 10-12. This is known as the heart of the "Antique City of the South" for its many antique stores and malls. Park and spend some time browsing and discovering parts of the town's historical roots. There's a life-sized statue of General Robert Hatton, a graduate of nearby Cumberland University, and a reconstructed cabin formerly occupied by Neddy Jacobs, the first settler to the area in 1800. At 111 E. Main Street you'll find a plaque that honors the spot where the log building law office of former Tennessee Governor Sam Houston stood in 1818. Park and walk to visit these highlights on and around the square (points 10-12):
Muddy Pond Sorghum Mill
Visit the Gunther family in the beautiful hills of Tennessee during September and October starting the Saturday before Labor Day to see sweet sorghum being made. Open Tues., Thurs. & Sat. through end of Oct. Closed Tues. after Labor Day.
This hidden gem features Cajun dishes, fresh seafood, steaks and nightly specials. Peanut sacks cover the ceiling and a good deal of the lighting is provided by colanders converted into overhead fixtures. Although the hours are limited to evenings, locals make it a regular place for dinner. Open Tues.-Thurs., 5-8 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 5-9 p.m.
Wilson County Museum
The Fite-Fessenden House, built in 1870 by surgeon Dr. James Fite, is home to a museum that features many artifacts from the county's 200-year history. Its main display is an exquisite collection of art and Victorian glassware.
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.
Coal Miner Railroad Section House Museum
These buildings were called "section houses" because they were used as residences by railroad employees who worked on specific sections of the railroad line. This home is one of the last remaining in its original condition in Tennessee. Fully restored, it now showcases rail and coal mining life as it was on the mountain during the 1900 timeframe. Visitors have the opportunity to see artifacts, pictures and various memorabilia that provide a glimpse into the life of the people who helped build White County and power much of America with the "black gold"" pulled from deep inside the mountain.
Sellars Farm State Archaeological Area
Ever wonder what Wilson County was like in the "real early days"?" During the Mississippian period of Native American habitation in Tennessee, the Cumberland River Valley became the site of a cluster of fortified towns. One such town is now known as Sellars Farm, which was inhabited from 1000 A.D. to 1300 A.D. Take a walking tour through the area while learning about the inhabitants. For more details call 615-885-2422.
Poplar Hill Road
Bridgestone-Firestone Centennial Wilderness Wildlife Management Area
Called "The Grand Canyon of the Cumberlands" by an early 19th-century traveler, this 10,000-acre WMA is recognized as a natural treasure for its uniqueness and beauty. Gaze at its nine waterfalls, as well as enjoy hiking, birdwatching, hunting, fishing, canoeing, class-5 kayaking, and cave exploring. Trail maps are available from the Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce (point 85). Open year-round; closed to non-hunting activities during Big Game hunting season.
Scott's Gulf Rd.
Prior to the town's establishment, this land was an American Revolutionary War grant given to Colonel Archibald Lytle and his brother William. In 1885, the Nashville & Knoxville Railroad built a depot here, making it a business hub for the area. After a 1903 fire swept through the wooden structures in town, a new square, surrounded by brick buildings, was laid out creating the current city of Watertown.
Virgin Falls State Natural Area
Although considered a moderately difficult hike, the four miles of pristine scenery offer a reward at the final turn that is unparalleled. Virgin Falls, one of the area's most well-known features, emerges from an underground stream on the south slope of Little Chestnut Mountain, drops 130 feet and vanishes underground again. Open year-round.
Scott's Gulf Rd.
Stardust Drive-In Theater
Relive the golden age of outdoor movies at this two-screen drive-in. Stardust shows the newest releases with the latest technology of sound and projection. It's a fun outing for everyone in the family. The concession stand is stocked with all your drive-in favorites, too.
310 Purple Tiger Dr.
Just across the river from Carthage, South Carthage was developed primarily because of the railroad. As you enter town, notice the historic Cordell Hull Bridge on the left. Built in 1936, it was the second bridge to span the river at this spot.
Cookeville- Putnam Chamber of Commerce & CVB
Did You Know?Cookeville is one of the smallest towns in the Southeast to be home to a professional, full-blown symphony orchestra — Bryan Symphony Orchestra. The group performs at nearby Tennessee Tech University which was recently named one of "America's 100 Best College Buys".
1 W. 1st St.
The Rock House Famous Stage Stop
Built between 1835 and 1839 by innkeeper Barlow Fiske, the Rock House was a temporary stop for famed politicians such as James K. Polk, Sam Houston and Frank Clement, all once governors of Tennessee. Andrew Jackson often stopped here on trips from Nashville to Washington. Today its artifacts and furnishings present life of an early American frontier home. It's been entrusted to the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Country Club Rd.
Fiddler's Grove Historic Village
Ever wonder what life was like in Wilson County at the turn of the century? You can relive those days firsthand in this unique and historical village at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center. More than 50 structures, original and replicated, have been brought from their original locations in the county, or built on site, to create a small village, including a one-room schoolhouse, a working blacksmith shop, church, jail, grist mill and more. Open Tues.- Sat., 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
945 E. Baddour Pkwy
The grill is always fired up and ready at this area favorite. Famous for its steaks and delicious Memphis-style BBQ, Timberloft's cozy, rustic lodge setting has welcomed thousands, including a few famous guests, from Darrell Waltrip and Al Gore to Diane Sawyer and the Dixie Chicks. Even the desserts get special treatment from the restaurant's own Le Cordon Bleu pastry chef!
470 Gordonsville Hwy
Smith County Chamber of Commerce
Stop in for maps and area info, including a brochure for the 11-point, self-guided walking trail of Carthage, which features several historic homes and sites near downtown. Directly across the street, you'll find the gravesite of Colonel William Walton, founder of the town of Carthage.
939 Upper Ferry Rd.
Serving as the seat of Smith County, this former riverboat town was founded by Colonel William Walton, surveyor of the old Walton Road that connected West and Middle Tennessee. In the heyday of the steamboat era, this was known as the "River City," an important stop for steamboat traffic with three ferries operating from the town.
Historic Oldham Theatre
Before you leave the square, take a photo in front of the famed Oldham Theatre. Built in the 1930s, its faÃ§ade makes a great backdrop. It's now used for several annual Liberty Square events.
1 Liberty Sq.
This 1904 hotel just off the town square was named for the original Walton Hotel, built by the town's founder. Still in operation, the Walton was a popular stopover for travelers on the Cumberland River, and the establishment was known for its fine food and entertainment. Today, the hotel offers modern guest rooms.
308 N. Main St.
If you stay the night in Sparta, why not take a drive into yesteryear and enjoy a big screen blockbuster in the family atmosphere of a classic drive-in theater. Throw frisbees and enjoy a great big "Full Moon Burger" from the concession stand. Open evenings, April-Oct.
220 Robert Matthews Hwy
Smith County Heritage Museum
Immerse yourself in Smith County's history and heritage. See the photos, tools, uniforms and other items that have been preserved and passed down to us from days gone by. The museum has an extensive exhibit on the county's many Century Farms,— working farms that have remained in the same family for more than 100 years. The museum is housed in a former manufacturing building. Open Thursday Noon to 4 pm; Friday and Saturday 10 am to 2 pm.
107 Third Ave. W.
This progressive town in the western part of Wilson County was formed in 1835 and received its name from a castle in Kilkenny County, Ireland. It is known as the "Purple Martin Capitol of Tennessee," and is home to country music stars Charlie Daniels and Tracy Lawrence.
Crossville and Cumberland County easily lay claim to being called the “Golf Capital of Tennessee.” Situated on Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau, 10 championship golf courses await golfers of all skill levels. From Wyndham at Fairfield Glade, Tennessee’s famous vacation and retirement resort featuring 90 holes of golf, to the Bear Trace at Cumberland Mountain State Park, Tennessee’s first Jack Nicklaus-designed course, the best spot for golf in Tennessee is Crossville and Cumberland County.
Known as one of the "prettiest of Tennessee's country towns," Lebanon was founded in 1801 on land with a gushing spring and a grove of red cedars. It was those cedars that gave the city its name, a reminder of the biblical Land of Cedars. Lebanon is rich in history and culture and its town square, listed on the National Historic Register, is home to many antique, gift and collectible stores.
Aged to perfection, Stonehaus is a family-owned winery located high atop Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau. It's open year-round for wine lovers and those who are interested in learning more about the wine-making process. You can watch a free DVD presentation when you arrive, or take a more detailed guided tour by appointment. There's also a wine tasting bar, gift shop and the Halcyon Days Restaurant on the premises.
2444 Genesis Rd., #103
Center Hill Lake
How can 4 million visitors a year be wrong? This 64-mile long reservoir has 415 miles of largely undeveloped shoreline and 18,200 acres of pure, deep water. Enjoy a multitude of sporting activities here and explore the breathtaking beauty.
1630 Edgar Evins State Park Rd
Forte's on the Square
Tucked away but close to the courthouse, Forte's serves up a variety of delicious American dishes in a cozy, renovated brick building. Closed Sun. & Mon.
27 E. 4th St.
Baxter has had various names in its history. Before the railroad, a post office there was called "Ai," a name borrowed from a biblical city of Canaanites. After a depot was built, it was called "Mine Lick."" In 1902, the community post office and depot were named "Baxter" in honor of Jere Baxter, president of the Tennessee Central Railroad Company. The new town grew rapidly and farmers prospered as the rails brought distant markets within reach of their agricultural products. Baxter sawmills marketed railroad ties and other wood products.
Homesteads House Museum & Tower
This house museum is part of Tennessee's largest historic district and was the second of President Roosevelt's Subsistence Communities in the country. The Cumberland Homesteads Project helped families acquire and clear land, build houses and outbuildings, and plant crops. The museum is one of the 252 original houses built in the community. It has been fully furnished to give visitors the experience of what the daily lives of the Homesteaders were like during the 1930s and 1940s. Admission charged.
96 Hwy 68
Simonton's Cheese & Gourmet House
Opened in 1947, Tennessee's oldest family-owned cheese and gourmet shop is filled with delicious delicacies and great gift items. Stop in for a sample.
2278 Hwy 127S, #101
...it is the perfect place to work, live, and play! From charming hometown events that bring bluegrass music to the courthouse square...to spending a leisurely afternoon on Center Hill Lake...or maybe a weekend tour of local artists studios...whether you are looking to raise a family or retire, we would love for you to join us in calling DeKalb County your home. Now that you know why we love DeKalb County, come and find out for yourself.
City of Lebanon Museum & History Center
Take a walk through Lebanon's past and learn about the town's interesting history from its beginnings as a Native American region to the modern era. The 2,500-square-foot museum is located at the lower entrance of the City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights, one of many restored buildings of the former Castle Heights Military Academy, whose campus is listed on the National Historic Register. Audio descriptions by famous residents introduce the periods on display.
200 Castle Heights Ave. N.
Nestled among the hills and mountainous terrain of the Cumberland Plateau, Cookeville, Tennessee is a charming, outdoor oasis conveniently located on Interstate 40 between Nashville and Knoxville, north of Chattanooga on Highway 111.