Middle Tennessee has a plethora of adventures just waiting to be discovered. We’ve done some digging and found several that are within just a few miles to a hours drive from Nashville for a guide on Spring Road Trips in Middle Tennessee. So gas up the wagon, pack a weekender, and get ready to roll!
Take a guided tour at the Short Mountain Distillery, enjoy a tasting of their whiskey, and feast on their delicious farm to table menu featuring seasonal dishes as well as grass fed beef and pork.
Visit the award winning Arts Center of Cannon County for a show:
- Harvey March 25-April 9
- Wizard of Oz: Youth Edition May 4-14
- Shake, Rattle & Roll Concert Series May 20-21
They also have crafts and fine art on view (perfect gift giving opportunities!).
Do you love to go antique shopping? Woodbury has a great selection! Most of the shops are located within walking distance off of Main Street. Search for your treasures at Old Feed Store Antique Mall, Iron Pig Antiques, Picket Fence, and Old Things New Too.
Visit Cumberland Caverns to experience an adventure with 30 miles of caves, underground passageways, rock formations, underground waterfalls, and much more. Feeling adventurous? The Crucible will have you scaling underground canyons, crossing quarries and climbing to The Monument Pillar — a formation not seen by many! Enjoy live music 333 feet below ground at Cumberland Caverns Live! where the acoustics create an experience like no other.
Cascade Hollow Distilling Co., home of George Dickel Whisky, is currently open Thursday through Sunday with limited capacity. At this time tours are not available but the the visitor center is open for shopping and tastings. Reservations are required for tastings so visit here to book yours (scroll down the page a little to book your tasting experience).
Thursday-Sunday. We are unfortunately unable to offer distillery tours at this time, but the visitor center is open for shopping
Keep an eye out for the 2021 season announcement at Cumberland County Playhouse. The Cumberland County Playhouse 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 145,000 visitors annually with two indoor and two outdoor stages, young audience productions, a comprehensive dance program, a concert series and touring shows.
Shop Stonehaus Winery for unique wines like Aaron Tippin Blue Angel Blueberry, Kiss This Cherry, and Helena Blush. They also feature events including wine & paint gatherings.
Enjoy tastings of Hillbilly Shine and Fairfield Glade 50th Anniversary Zinfandel at Chestnut Hill Winery. Their tasting hours are Monday through Saturday, 9AM-6PM, and Sunday, noon-5PM.
Visit the Crossville Model Railroad Club which is the largest multi-scale free admission model railroad attraction in the Southeastern USA. Explore over 4000 square feet of operating layouts and the railroad museum.
The Caverns is a hot spot for fun! Explore the caverns with a tour which includes one of the largest underground rooms in the world at over three football fields long! Experience live music at the new Above Grounds Ampitheater. Upcoming shows include Bluegrass Underground tapings for PBS, Aaron Lewis, Moon Taxi, Asleep at The Wheel, Shooter Jennings, Tenille Townes, Blackberry Smoke, The Dark Star Orchestra, and more.
Jim Oliver’s Smokehouse offers a little bit of everything! Hear live music with Music on The Mountain every weekend! Chow down on some good eats. Rent a cabin, stay for a while and take a look around. There is a whole lot to do and see!
Be sure to visit the Falls at Sewanee Creek where there are 8 state parks within 30 minutes of each other. Whether you are a camper or a glamper, there is a place for everyone to sleep. Walk the hiking trails and view the waterfalls. Enjoy live music after you’ve had a bite to eat.
At South Cumberland State Park you can experience some of the best hiking and backcountry camping Tennessee has to offer! The park also offers great areas for swimming, picnicking, fishing, and birding.
A visit to Ruby Falls begins by traveling down 260 feet by elevator. You will travel through formations of stalactites and stalagmites to finally end up taking in the tallest and deepest underground waterfall open to the public.
Rock City features ancient rock formations and gardens galore. The kids will love Fairyland Caverns and Mother Goose Village. You can view seven states from Lover’s Leap.
Downtown Chattanooga features the Walnut Street Bridge, Coolidge Park, and Bluff View Art District, Tennessee Aquarium, and the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel.
Ready to chow down? Head over to Market Street for a variety of good eats. Community Pie is a favorite where the pizzas are big and yummy! Check out Taco Mamacita, they have a unique variety of tacos and also offer vegetarian options. Their Mexican Street Corn will melt in your mouth!
“Getaway” to the place Johnny Cash used for his getaway, Storytellers Hideaway and Museum. Cash called it “the center of my universe.” It includes the Hideaway Farm, Storytellers Museum, and the Car Shed that features One-Piece-At-A-Time car. While in Bon Aqua, check out Beacon Light Restaurant where southern cooking has been served up since 1936.
Pack a picnic and hike the trail to see the waterfall at Jackson Falls.
Grinder’s Switch Winery is a family owned business that features a 7 acre vineyard. Visit the log cabin tasting room by making a reservation for a wine and cheese pairing. You can also reserve a private fire pit area for up to six people.
Downtown Linden in Perry County features one of the “Six Great Places to Stay in Tennessee” the Commodore Hotel & Cafe. This little gem is hidden in the small town and is the perfect getaway for a romantic weekend or a weekend for the family. It also features a cafe as well as live music.
Attend the Bloomin’ Arts Festival March 25-26, 2022. It is free and filled with lots to do, see, and eat. Visit the Buffalo River Artisans Cooperative and explore local art.
Have motorcycle, will ride… the Tennessee 13! MotorcycleRoads.com proclaims “…as you head south, there is great riding immediately, but the real fun begins south of Linden, TN.”
Visit HERE to see other routes to venture out on!
When visiting Robertson County, you might be curious about the legend of the Bell Witch. Visit the Bell Witch Cave to learn more about the haunting of the Bell family and take a tour of the cave. While in the area, take a refreshing trip down the Red River by canoe with Red River Canoeing or tubing with River Adventures. There are some age restrictions for both the Bell Witch Cave and floating down the Red River, be sure to check those out if you are planning a family trip.
Bottom View Farm is a popular destination for a good breakfast or lunch and also for families and school groups. Known for their Fall Fest, you can visit year round to pick your own berries, take a tour of the farm, or fish at Catfish Paylake.
Sumner Crest Wine delivers award-winning wine and so much more! Tour the home, view the antique gallery and classic car collection. Gourmet fondue packages will be available in March. The warmer weather also brings live music!
Monthaven Arts & Cultural Center is a historical landmark with its origins beginning in the 1770s. Read more about its history here. Today it is a haven for local and regional art. View the current exhibit here.
Rock Island State Park offers a long list of activities including boating, swimming, picnicking, hiking, fishing, birding, and more! Stay the night or the weekend! Camp in your tent, RV, or glamp it up in a cabin.
Visit the Falcon Rest Mansion Gardens and discover if it is really haunted! Unique tours are offered as well as delicious dining with lunch in the Victorian Tea Room or dinner in the Victorian Carriage House. Stay over night at Falcon Manor Bed & Breakfast, the four bed and breakfast style guest suites on the grounds of Falcon Rest Mansion.
Cotten’s Marina is the only full-service marina and boat storage on the Great Falls Lake. Rent one of their pontoons or fishing boats for a day of fishing. Enjoy lunch or an early dinner at their restaurant that serves up cheeseburgers, Philly steak sandwiches, chicken quesadillas, and more.
Travel the historic forest trail known as the Natchez Trace Parkway which is 444 miles long and spans from Nashville, Tennessee, to Natchez, Mississippi. Along the scenic route you will find places to stop for hiking or a picnic. Visit here for a list of points of interest and nearby lodging.
Did you know that the same brewing systems can be used to produce both cold brew coffee and beer? David and Alyx know and this is what they do! Visit the Curio Brewing Company to savor an espresso or specialty latte. Sip on Orange U Curious or Kilt the Cat. Here’s an idea, start with a coffee and finish with a cold one!
Nestled on the hillside in a secluded corner of Arrington is a little slice of heaven. Arrington Vineyards offers several different tasting options of their award-winning wines. Pack a picnic lunch, claim a patch of earth or snag a picnic table. Enjoy live music on weekends (April to November).
Visit H Clark Distillery for a tour, gin and bourbon; Leiper’s Creek Distillery for tours and whiskey, and Mill Creek Brewing for beer and their Smashville Burger!
Thinking about visiting the winery and the distilleries in one visit? Be sure to visit here for your Masters & Makers Trail passport. Visit four out of the five stops on the trail, and turn in your stamped passport for a free t-shirt at the Visitor Center in downtown Franklin (400 Main Street, #130, Franklin, TN 37064).
Need a little pampering? Visit the Serenity Salt Cave for some relaxation from the Himalayan salt which is also purported to have many health benefits.
Did we miss some sweet jewel that the rest of Middle Tennessee should get out to discover? Let us know!