Natchez Trace Trail:
Estimated time 6-8 hours
Get on the Natchez Trace and enjoy the beauty, resting spots, hiking trails, picnic areas along the trace.
On the Trace go W on TN-7 to TN-100 turn left and go about 15 miles to Centerville Square. This is the heart of the community, with its historic courthouse, restaurants, antique shops and small town, down-home charm. From town you can head S on Linden Rd turn right onto Jim McCord Hwy/TN-50 turn right at Whitson Bend Road take 1st left onto TN-50W loop to Grinders Switch Winery 2119 Hwy 50 W Loop, Centerville 931-729-3690.
To get back to Trace – go back to square, go E on TN-50 to 15 miles till you see signs for the Trace.
Continue down the Trace then exit 391 to US-412 follow signs to Hohenwald. This great town has Lewis County Museum & Discovery Center 108 E. Main St. Hohenwald, 931-796-1550,next door The Strand Theatre & Art Gallery 931-295-3076 where local artisans offer their goods for sale. There are several great places to dine while you are in Hohenwald, including the Junkyard Dog for fine steaks.
You could go back and get on the Natchez Trace or you could continue down Hwy 412 about 15 miles to Historic Linden which sits above the Buffalo River making it a destination for outdoor and water activities. Walk thru the Art District and courthouse – a classic example of the 20th century public architecture. Lodging and dining and live music available plus Mousetail Landing State Park.
From here turn back around about 30 miles back thru Hohenwald to the Natchez Trace.
Continue down the Natchez Trace and stop at milepost 386 to TN -20E. Travel Summertown Hwy and you’ll pass Yoder’s Homestead Market – This shop has homemade Amish and Mennonite baked goods for sale. Continue down Summertown and turn left on Drakes Lane. Go about 2 miles turn right on Walker Rd where Drakes takes a sharp left 0.4 miles later you’ll see a brown automatic gate and brick Welcome Center – this is called The Farm located at 100 Farm Rd., Summertown. Don’t miss your chance to visit this former “hippi commune” People still live here, but it’s now a collection of eco-minded and sustainability-focused non profits and small businesses. Drive in to the Welcome Center and pick up a map. Several facilities, including the Farm Store, are open to the public.
If you did not want to travel to The Farm – from Summertown Hwy/TN-20E, turn right onto Andrew Jackson Hwy /Us-43S. Follow till you will see on your right Shaffer Farms Custom Meats (Have Texas BBQ for lunch or buy Fresh steaks, hamburger, etc at great prices). Continue down hwy and you will see Amish Country Mall & Welcome center on your right. Shop around, eat, book a horse and buggy ride thru the Amish farms and learn their history. Great fun for the whole family.
Continue down 43S and you may see several Amish families on the roads so please be careful, Once in Lawrenceburg visit James D Vaughan Museum, Father of Southern Gospel Music, Cherokee Museum, Square Forty Restaurant, and more.