Small Towns to Visit in Middle Tennessee
Middle Tennessee is home to many idyllic towns with strong southern roots and attractions. Don’t miss checking out the following towns when planning your next day trip.
Most famous for the Jack Daniels Distillery, Lynchburg is a picturesque, old southern town. Check out the scenic Tims Ford State Park which consists of several hiking and biking trails, camping spots, fishing, and lake swimming. Catch a tour at the distillery to watch how the world’s most valuable spirits brand is made. After your tour, indulge in some old fashion country cooking at Miss Mary Bobo’s or Barrel House BBQ.
An hour south of Nashville, Lynnville is full of southern charm. With a population of only a few hundred people, the quaint village like town is home to artisan shops, restaurants, and a vineyard. The railroad museum allows visitors to tour a steam locomotive, passenger car and caboose. Don’t forget to stop in and enjoy a meal at Soda Pop Junction known for their burgers, sandwiches, and southern fixings.
Home to the 11th U.S. president, Columbia is well known for its rich history and thriving art community. The downtown square is made up of several shops consisting of vintage and antique finds as well as many delightful restaurants. Stop by the James K. Polk Ancestral Home which is known to be the only surviving private residence of the former president. Support local artisans at Bleu 32 and end your day with dinner at Southern Tre Steakhouse.
Leiper’s Fork, TN
Leiper’s Fork is located on the Natchez Trace and has become a popular stop for travelers and locals alike to admire the shops, art galleries, and good food. The town is home to the original Puckett’s restaurant, now restored to its original name, Fox and Locke, where you can enjoy live music 5 days a week and indulge in mouth-watering southern cuisine. Relax and unwind at The Spa at Leiper’s Fork or enjoy a whiskey at the Leiper’s Fork Distillery.
Gallatin is located 40 minutes north of Nashville. Its Main Street includes many trendy boutiques like Tennessee Honey, Sassy and Brassy, and Southern Gypsies. The historic downtown square is also known for its many antique shops, art galleries, great entertainment, and dining venues.
Make your way to Bledsoe Creek State Park for hiking, boating and fishing. Cragfont State Historic Site is a museum full of rich history and architecture and was once the home of Revolutionary War protagonist and pioneer General James Winchester.
Just 30 minutes south of Nashville, Franklin has grown in its popularity as a frequent tourist attraction. Its quaint town square lined with shops and boutiques and rich history make it the ideal destination for newcomers and history buffs alike. Visit one of the many historical homes to hear all about the Battle of Franklin including the Carter House, Lotz House and Carnton. These famous homes became Civil War hospitals and the bloodstains on the floors show to prove it.
After learning all about the area’s history, enjoy a delicious meal at one of the many fine restaurants found on the square such as Gray’s on Main, Cork & Cow, and Red Pony.
Bell Buckle, TN
Bell Buckle is a craft lover’s haven. Each year the town holds a yearly craft fair drawing in as many as 100,000 people. Stop in the Bell Buckle Café for southern comfort cooking and a hometown feel or hit up Bluebird Antiques which combines an antique shop with authentic southern fare including homemade fried pies, fried green tomato cheeseburger and homemade waffle cones.