We secretly named this area “The Secret Smokies.” We’d rather it not get out how marvelous the natural attractions are in this little corner of the Cumberland Plateau. We have waterfalls, deep canyons and gorges, lush timberland, great motorcycle rides and sightseeing. It’s all yours, without the crowds and the tourist traps. Okay, now that you know the secret, you can’t leave. Just kidding!
They love entertaining our guests just about as much as they love making Tennessee Whiskey at the Jack Daniel Distillery. They’re great hosts with a very good Southern-style sense of humor. Check the website for a variety of distillery tours. See how the most famous whiskey in the world is made. GPS: use 217 Main St. Lynchburg, Tn. 37352 for address.
It’s just like home cooking (if that’s a good thing), served family style (that is a good thing at Miss Mary’s). Miss Mary Bobo’s is a 19th Century boarding house that’s part of the fantastic Jack Daniel’s tour. World famous, like the town!
Speelunk? I beg your pardon? It means cave exploring. And there are few places on earth like Cumberland Caverns, where you can go from a stroll through the underground wonders all the way to a rock-climbing, kidney-squeezing, serious cave explorer adventure. Ever been to an underground concert – literally underground – with some of the music’s biggest rock and country acts. Check the website for the lineup.
Use The Broken Banjo as your launch pad to three of the greatest little cities in the South. The Banjo sits smack-dab in the center of a Tri-City Triangle of Nashville, home of country music and the Tennessee Titans, Chattanooga, commanding the banks of the wide Tennessee River and a capital of culture and history, and Huntsville, aka Rocket City, home of the largest space museum in the world: the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.
’Bout a half-hour to the northwest (a drive worth taking in itself) you’ll find yourself in the Historic Town of Bell Buckle, an old railroad village of well-preserved and restored Victorian homes and churches, nestled among the hills, farmland and walking horse country of Bedford County, Tennessee. It is the quintessential country hill town, population 500. Shop for antiques, quilts, handmade crafts. It’s home to country music, home cooking and Southern hospitality. Bring the family and you can just about double the population.
The pure spring water from Cascade Springs traveling over the limestone shelf of the Cumberland Plateau made this the perfect spot for the George Dickel Distillery in 1870. We spell Whisky the Scottish way, like George did. It’s hard to find on a map, but that’s just one thing that makes Cascade Hollow and the distillery a tour you must take.
Just a few short miles from the Banjo is one of the prettiest, most perfect representations of the Southern small town square you’ll ever see. The newly restored square is the center of Manchester life, where the folks love visitors and will make you an honorary citizen if you stand in one spot too long.
This historic Native American site is a pilgrimage for history and archaeology buffs. A museum and theater teach visitors the incredible ancient history behind this site. There are also a few hiking trails in this 400-acre space.
Wine tastings and tours available, a full, operating winery right here in Manchester. Free music.
Tour a beautiful old mill and country store. Bring lunch and picnic by the cascading waterfalls.
Come see the “finest mansion in the region.” This 10,000 square foot mansion built in 1896 is now a museum and Victorian gift shop.
A great family place to work out or just enjoy a giant water slide or indoor pool. Everything you need for health and fitness!
A fitting tribute to the great Iron Horse that changed American history. The largest train tunnel through Cumberland Plateau Mountains, complete with train and museum.
In Murfreesboro you’ll find lots of shopping, antiquing, historic old town and Stones River Civil War Battlefield, one of the most devastating battles of the war.
It’s history you just can’t miss. There are many Civil War Sites including the Battle of Stones River, Hoovers Gap, Chattanooga and Chickamauga.
Arnold Air Force Base is the World’s premiere flight simulations facility and wind tunnel complex. Limited tours are available, RSVP Required. Zoom!
Take a peaceful float down the beautiful, scenic Elk River. Commune with turtles and blue heron and enjoy fishing for trout and bass.
Come and experience 18 holes of lush fairways and manicured greens at Willowbrook Golf Course, one of Middle Tennessee’s premiere golf courses. Directions: I-24, Exit 111 go east on Hwy. 55 approximately 5 miles to WillowBrook on left.
Attractions located in Chattanooga include the Tennessee Aquarium, Imax Theater, Chattanooga Choo Choo, Incline Railway, Steam Railroad, Rock City, Ruby Falls, Civil War site.
This astonishing museum in Tullahoma, Tennessee displays restored Beechcraft aircraft, including of the most famous modern biplane, the Beechcraft Staggerwing. Travel Airs, Beech 18’s, Bonanzas, Barons, Musketeer, Starship, Duke, from 1924 to 1994.
A fabulous outdoor music venue with great food and BBQ. Nashville acts often visit, along with local favorites. Everybody knows Prater’s!