If you’re in Nashville and want to get out of town, consider driving around the countryside for a couple of days.
There’s no need to pack your belongings and leave Nashville because there are some fantastic day trips available that include the option of returning to Nashville in the evening to recover before heading out again.
The Natchez Trace Parkway
The Natchez Trace Parkway is a 444-mile picturesque road that runs through three states and is modeled after the “ancient Natchez Trace” transport corridor used by Native Americans, European settlers, and troops. Today, you can take as much or as little of it as you choose on a lovely trip.
The 38-mile trip between Collingswood and Hohenwald is particularly recommended as a nice alternative from Nashville, as the tree-covered rolling hills are truly a sight to behold. If you enjoy delicious food while touring, make a point of stopping at the legendary Junkyard Dog Steakhouse, which is only a few kilometers from Hohenwald.
The Jack Trail
On one driving road, the Jack Trail blends the best of Tennessee with history, music, horses, and distilleries. It takes you to little towns south and east of Nashville, where you’ll find horse farms, distilleries, fantastic restaurants, and other attractions. This is a 375-mile road trip in total, but you can break it up into smaller portions for more doable day trips.
Radnor Lake State Park is one of the trail’s most beautiful stops. The L&N Railroad company built the lake in 1913 as a water supply for their steam engines. The lake was designated as the state’s first natural area and protected habitat in 1973. It’s the ideal spot for a quick hike. This might easily be paired with a desire to succeed.
The Antebellum Trail
The Tennessee Antebellum (pre-civil war) Trail is a 90-mile route across Tennessee’s heartland that includes more than 54 historic monuments, plantations, and civil war battlegrounds.
The route starts just outside of Nashville and winds its way through five villages and eight stunning residences. Again, if wanted, you may pick and choose which sections of the path to make into day trips.
Nashville to Land Via the Lakes
This is a somewhat longer drive, but it’s still manageable in a day and well worth it to visit the country’s largest inland peninsula, which is 170,000 acres in size.
It’s 110 miles from Nashville to Land Between The Lakes via historic Clarksville. You can either stop along the road to admire the Cumberland River and historic homes, or simply drive right through and take in the gorgeous Tennessee scenery.
So, whether you’re looking for a day of rolling hills and small town discovery, civil war history, or even distilleries, Nashville’s surrounding districts will not disappoint