Hey everyone! With the weather trying to warm up, I thought it would be a great time to share some great places to take a day trip to! I have chosen these places because I have either been there, or would like to go there. These places are within a couple hours’ drive from Nashville, and most of these places have outdoor activities.
1. Dunbar Cave Natural Area– This state park is located in Clarksville, TN. There are plenty of things to do at this park. Some of which are hiking (there are three different trails), fishing, birding, and the popular cave tours. The entrance to the cave stays at 58 degrees year round. The cave stretches inward for 8 miles. A great place to take the family!
2. Jack Daniels Distillery– Located in Lynchburg, TN, just an hour and a half from Nashville, the Jack Daniels Distillery is a great place to go! You can get a tour of how the famous whiskey is made, and a complete story of the company! Although the distillery is the main attraction in Lynchburg, there are plenty of places to go while you are there! Grab a bite to eat at the Whiskey Runners Restaurant, enjoy some ice cream at Prince’s Parlor. Check out the Lynchburg drugstore, and Miss Mary Bobo’s Boarding House Restaurant! This little town is steeped in history!
3. Birdsong Resort– Known as America’s only freshwater pearl farm, Birdsong Resort has plenty of activities for the entire family! It is located about halfway between Nashville and Jackson just off I-40. Not only is there plenty of fishing, camping, and boating, but you can also enjoy the Pearl Farm, Mini Theater and Museum, and the Pearl Jewelry Showroom! There are also plenty of events going on at the Birdsong Resort, just check out their website!
Chattanooga– Chattanooga is just a couple of hours’ drive from Nashville, and offers plenty of family friendly activities! The Tennessee Aquarium is located in the heart of Chattanooga, and offers two separate aquariums: a river aquarium and an ocean aquarium. Another attraction in Chattanooga is Lookout Mountain. If you happen to go on a clear day, it is said that the view allows you to see seven states, along with some breathtaking views! While at Lookout Mountain, be sure to check out Rock City, which features ancient rock formations. Absolutely stunning! Don’t forget to take a ride on the Incline Railway! Starting from the top of Lookout Mountain, it travels down the mountain. With windows all around and above you, you are sure to see some incredible 360 degree views as you travel down. Ruby Falls is nearby as well. It is the deepest commercial cave in America, and largest underground waterfall.
5. Fall Creek Falls State Park– If you enjoy spending time outdoors, then Fall Creek Falls State Park is the place to go! Just under two hours away from Nashville, this state park is the largest and most popular in Tennessee. Hiking, camping, and horseback riding are just a few of the activities at this park. There is a hotel, restaurants, a pool, campgrounds, and cabins on the property as well. They also offer some environmental activities which include: movies, arts and crafts, campfires, organized games, and live music.