BEGIN YOUR JOURNEY AT DAVID CROCKETT STATE PARK
David Crockett State Park is a 1,319-acre park complete with a paved bike trail and hiking trails. Follow these trails to access scenic vistas of Shoal Creek and Crockett Falls, limestone bluffs, abundant wildlife and lush forest. For a refreshing break, take to the waters of 40-acre Lake Lindsey with paddleboards, canoes, kayaks or fishing boats which are available for rent. Hungry? Stop for some home-style cooking at the onsite restaurant that overlooks the lake.
RIDE FROM DAVID CROCKETT STATE PARK TO LAWRENCEBURG SQUARE
(3 miles, about 23 minutes)
1. Ride west on David Crockett State Park toward the Outdoor Loop Trail.
2. Turn left to continue onto Davy Crockett Park Road.
3. Turn left onto TN-242 N (W. Gaines Street).
4. Turn right onto Waterloo Street.
5. Waterloo Street will end at Lawrenceburg Square.
25 Public Square in Lawrenceburg, TN
Lawrenceburg Square is positively charming! The centerpiece is a small park where you'll find a statue famed frontiersman, statesman, legislator, hero of the Alamo, and "King of the Wild Frontier," David Crockett. On the other side of the park is a graceful obelisk – a Mexican-American War monument erected in 1849. Stroll around the square and enjoy the historic architecture and local shops.
RIDE FROM LAWRENCEBURG SQUARE TO AMISH HERITAGE WELCOME CENTER
(10 miles, about 50 minutes)
1. Ride north on Military Avenue toward Gaines Street.
2. Turn right onto 4th Street.
3. Turn left onto 5th Avenue.
4. At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit to turn right onto Douglas Drive.
5. Turn left onto Delana Avenue.
6. Turn right onto Beuerlein Circle.
7. Turn left to continue on Beuerlein Circle.
8. Turn right onto Weakley Creek Road.
9. Turn left onto Community Road.
10. Turn right onto Mattoxtown Road, and follow it as it curves to the left.
11. Turn right onto Good Hope Road N.
12. Make a slight left at the fork to ride onto Snell Road.
13. Turn left onto Pleasant Valley Road.
14. Turn right onto McFall Road.
15. Turn left onto Dry Weakley Road.
16. Turn right onto US-43 N/Andrew Jackson Hwy).
17. The Amish Heritage Welcome Center will be on the left.
AMISH HERITAGE WELCOME CENTER
4001 HWY 43 N in Ethridge, TN
At the Amish Heritage Welcome Center learn about Amish culture and embark on a guided tour of Tennessee's oldest Amish farm. Call 931-829-2433 to make reservations in advance or schedule a same-day appointment. Take a break from your bike and hop into a horse-drawn carriage for the tour. Experience the quiet simplicity of Amish life, taste the delicious homemade food, and shop antiques, handicrafts, and woodwork.
RIDE FROM AMISH HERITAGE WELCOME CENTER TO SHAFFER FARMS CUSTOM MEAT
(10 miles, about 51 minutes)
1. Ride south on US-43 S toward Brewer Road.
2. Turn right onto Brewer Road.
3. Turn right onto S Brace Road.
4. At the intersection with McDowell Road, turn right to continue on S Brace Road.
5. At the fork with Edan Road, turn left to continue on S Brace Road.
6. At the intersection with Bridy Road, turn right to continue on S Brace Road.
7. Turn right onto Church Street.
8. Continue on Daley Street.
9. Turn right onto E College Street.
10. Turn right onto Monument Road.
11. Turn right onto US-43 S. Use caution when riding on US-43, riding on the shoulder of the road and yielding to vehicular traffic.
12. Turn right onto Vaughn Staggs Road.
13. Shaffer Farms Custom Meat will be on the right.
SHAFFER FARMS CUSTOM MEAT
4 Vaughn Staggs Road in Summertown, TN
It's a good thing you're biking in because you'll need to bring a big appetite with you to your visit to Shaffer Farms Custom Meat and Texas BBQ. This local favorite is known for exceptional and unusual meats in the deli (alligator, anyone?) and finger-lickin' good BBQ in the restaurant. The sausage and brisket are superb, and don't forget the sides!
RIDE FROM SHAFFER FARMS CUSTOM MEAT TO MERIWETHER LEWIS MONUMENT
(16 miles, about 1 hour 22 minutes)
1. Ride east on Vaughn Staggs Road toward US-43 S.
2. Turn left onto US-43 N heading north.
3. Turn left onto Monument Road.
4. Turn left onto Davis Street.
5. Turn left to stay on Davis Street.
6. Turn right and continue onto Oak Street.
7. Turn left onto TN-20 W/Summertown Hwy.
8. Turn right onto Meriwether Lewis Park Road.
9. Curve the the left to stay on Meriwether Lewis Park Road as it becomes Campground Road.
10. Meriwether Lewis Monument will be on the left.
MERIWETHER LEWIS MONUMENT
Meriwether Lewis Park Road in Hohenwald, TN
Meriwether Lewis (half of the famed "Lewis and Clark" duo who led the Corps of Discovery Expedition to explore the western United States) is laid to rest at this national historic site. Lewis died here on October 10, 1809. The gravesite remained unmarked until 1848 when the State of Tennessee erected a broken column, symbolizing Lewis' untimely death at the age of 35. In 1925 President Calvin Coolidge designated the site as Meriwether Lewis National Monument, and in 1961 it was redesignated as Meriwether Lewis Park and became a unit of the Natchez Trace Parkway.
RIDE FROM MERIWETHER LEWIS MONUMENT TO LEWIS COUNTY MUSEUM
(7 miles, about 34 minutes)
1. Ride south on Campground Road toward TN-20 W/Summertown Hwy.
2. Turn right onto TN-20 W/Summertown Hwy.
3. Follow the road as it curves to the right and becomes Buffalo Road. Continue north on Buffalo Road.
4. Turn left onto E 2nd Avenue.
5. Turn right onto S Maple Street.
6. Lewis County Museum will be on the right.
LEWIS COUNTY MUSEUM
108 E Main Street in Hohenwald, TN
The Lewis County Museum of Natural History and Discovery Center has fascinating exhibits on Meriwether Lewis, some of the oldest pottery shards uncovered in the southeastern U.S., early American Settlement, the Civil War, Gordonsburg Mining and Swiss settlement. Much of the museum is dedicated to the world-class wildlife collection donated by Dan and Margaret Maddox, a collection which has been recognized as the fourth largest in the Western Hemisphere. The Discovery Center allows visitors to explore the relationship between humans and nature and then see how humans have adapted to the environment.
RIDE FROM LEWIS COUNTY MUSEUM TO THE ELEPHANT SANCTUARY, THE LOFT ON MAIN, & JUNKYARD DOG STEAKHOUSE
(0.1 mile, about 1 minute)
1. Ride north on S Maple Street toward E. Main Street.
2. Turn left onto E Main Street.
3. The Elephant Sanctuary, The Loft On Main, and the Junkyard Dog Steakhouse will be on the right.
THE ELEPHANT SANCTUARY
27 E Main Street in Hohenwald, TN
The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee is a magical place where gentle giants roam a 2,700-acre refuge. The elephants that live at the sanctuary have been retired from captivity and performances like the circus. Today 10 elephants live in the sanctuary, but it has provided refuge to over 27 elephants throughout its history, making it North America's largest natural habitat refuge for captive elephants. Visitors are not permitted in the elephants' habitat, but a visitor center has wonderful interactive exhibits, life elephant cams, and a gift shop where you can learn and support the sanctuary.
THE LOFT ON MAIN
11 E Main Street in Hohenwald, TN
Finish your day with a stay at The Loft on Main, a cozy private suite in the heart of downtown Hohenwald. The Loft on Main overlooks Main Street and Park Avenue and is within walking distance of The Elephant Sanctuary Visitor Center, Junkyard Dog Steakhouse, and local shopping and entertainment.
JUNKYARD DOG STEAKHOUSE
18 N Maple Street in Hohenwald, TN
People come from miles around to dine at the Junkyard Dog Steakhouse. The kitschy, colorful decor will beckon you to the table where you'll love every course from salad to steak to sweet treats. You earned it! Their fresh baked bread and tasty steak make for one epic sandwich. Savor each bite at the end of your journey.