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Extremely Fun Places to Take Kids in Middle Tennessee

Kids these days are spending more time on their screens than with friends and family. Treat your kids to some fun adventures around Middle Tennessee this weekend. I have compiled a list of these great places that will keep the kids entertained for hours with no worries. So pack up the kids and get ready for the best weekend ever!

  1. The Adventure Park (Nashville)

It’s not “Tennessee” if it’s not “Nature-ish”. The Adventure Park is the newest and largest forest climbing park in Nashville!  Besides being recommended by TripAdvisor, the park claims to be good for your health, where you can appreciate nature while engaging in activities that are fun, challenging, and build your kids’ confidence. It’s not only for your children but for the whole family! Expect to use all of your strength by taking the obstacles with ziplines and you get to choose the level of difficulty for the“aerial trails”.

Price Range: $36 – $54

Reopens: March 5, 2022 (Full schedule here)

2. Discovery Center (Murfreesboro)

Murfree Spring’s Discovery Center is the perfect spot to take your little ones if they are looking for an interactive museum experience. They have a new fun exhibit where kids could try out surfing, snowboarding, kung fu, and climbing a canyon. This is to test their balance, strength, coordination, and endurance. They also have other permanent exhibits to check out for.

They also offer other Sensory Friendly programs and events as well as infant and toddler classes. When school is out, they have exciting camping activities packed with innovative games, projects, and activities, all designed to help kids learn, socialize, and have fun! Also, if you want to be extra, have your kids’ best birthday ever at Discovery Center.

Price Range: Ages 2 & up: $8 (Get tickets here)
Younger than 2: FREE
Members: FREE

Opening Hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

3. Soar Adventure Tower (Franklin)

SOAR Adventure Tower is the ideal destination for your next team event. SOAR offers many different options for your group to not only enjoy but never forget. The unique tower creates a safe and interactive atmosphere that features 4 levels and over 110 climbing elements that will challenge kids and adults both mentally and physically. They also offer an 18 hole miniature golf course for the sporty little ones! With over 10 custom designs, musically themed holes that can only be found in Music City! After your climb or during your round of golf, you can enjoy a frosty cold beer or cider from their new bar! Is your birthday upcoming? Celebrate it here!

Price Range: $29 – $45 (Get tickets here)

Opening Hours: Varies every month

4. Honeysuckle Hill Farm (Springfield)

The earlier you start planning your fall season, the better! Honeysuckle Hill Farm highlights Tennessee farming life from September to October. It has evolved into Middle Tennessee’s Largest Outdoor Halloween Attraction. Since opening, they have been completing every families’ Fall experience with their Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze, Petting Farm, Pumpkin Train, Hay Ride, and a Pumpkin Cannon; with over 75 “farmtastic” rides, the corn maze, and other family fun attractions, it’s definitely for everyone! Honeysuckle Hill Farm now covers 200 acres and manages about 150 of the finest farmhands in Middle Tennessee. How cool is that?

Price Range: $15 – $44 (Get tickets here)

Opening Hours: September 25 to October 31

5. Fall Creek Falls State Park (Spencer)

Tennessee’s state park system was recently ranked by the National Recreation and Parks Association as one of the top 4 state park systems in the country. Tennessee’s Fall Creek Falls State Park is a must-see for family with kids who want to reconnect with nature and of course, who loves scenic beauty!  Falls Creek is one of Tennessee’s largest and most visited state parks. The resort-style amenities offer everything from water activities to hiking trails, RV Camping, and even white water rapids. The park is a veritable hot spot for outdoor adventure, with more than 29,800 acres that span across the eastern top of the rugged Cumberland Plateau. Fall Creek Falls, at 256 feet, is one of the highest waterfalls in the eastern United States. After a long day, indulge yourself with the all-u-can-eat buffet at the Gaul’s Gallery Restaurant while looking at the beautiful view of all Creek Lake.

Price Range: FREE

Opening Hours: For reservation

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8 Most Welcoming Small Towns in Tennessee to Settle Down In

The scenery in Tennessee’s small towns is something to behold. From wine trails and whiskey distilleries, there are so many options for fun adventures that await you! And if you’re planning on settling down in a welcoming community, then you might want to consider these small towns in Tennessee.

The Volunteer State has much more to offer than just Nashville and Memphis.

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Demographic data shown in this section was gathered from the latest U.S. Census Bureau release, the 2021 American Community Survey. The information is updated yearly, as soon as new data is made available by the US Census Bureau.
No representation, guarantee, or warranty is made as to the accuracy or completeness of Information modified or aggregated for specific neighborhoods and/or zip codes.

GRANVILLE

Granville is a small town with a big history in Jackson County. Though it was the birthplace of former U.S Sen Albert Gore Sr., few are in knowledge about this historic city- though I’m here to change that! Commonly known as “Tennessee’s Mayberry Town,” Granville is a quirky little town that you’ll be happy to call home. With its slow and friendly pace of yesteryear, it offers the best nostalgia for those who long for simpler times in life; not to mention some scenic views!

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A $5 ticket from Sutton General Store, which is a historic site in Granville, lets you explore some key sites like the Granville Whiskey Decanter Museum, Whistle Stop Saloon and I Love Lucy museum in addition to many more!

Median Household Income: $18,778
Typical Home Value (Zillow, Dec 2021): $166,187
Population:
439

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GATLINBURG

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Gatlinburg is a small town with a population of around 4,000 people. Despite being located in Sevier County which attracts 12 million visitors per year it never seems crowded or dirty because this location has been maintained very well over time by its residents who care deeply about preserving it.

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From the bustling city life of Nashville to scenic views in Eastern Tennessee, there are plenty of things for everyone when visiting the “gateway to the Smoky Mountains”. For those looking forward to hiking or bike trips on some rugged terrain while getting away from it all at least once during their vacation–the gateway offers several opportunities!
Mentioning shopping galore with unique boutiques that will make you want to buy everything they sell; breathtaking scenery everywhere you turn (just try not to stop taking photos); delicious dining options including many vegetarian-friendly choices—you can’t go wrong here no matter what kind of adventure seeker your traveling companion might be.

Median Household Income: $40,802
Typical Home Value (Zillow, Dec 2021): $504,291
Population:
4,004

SEE ALSO: 10 Lowest Cost of Living Cities in the Volunteer State

LYNCHBURG

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Lynchburg is a city that has seen its share of history. The first Americans to settle in this area arrived around 1801. not long afterward though Davy Crockett would make his temporary headquarters here while fighting against British forces during America’s War For Independence! The downtown area of this thriving city is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Probably, the first thing that comes to people’s minds when talking about Tennessee is the word “whiskey”, isn’t it?  Approximately 74 miles south of Nashville, you’ll find the oldest registered distillery in the country, the ever-famous, Jack Daniel’s Distillery. Founded in 1866 by Mr. Jack Daniel himself, be sure to take part in the guided tour where you’ll learn more about the history of this famous distillery and get a chance to try a sample of their bestsellers!

Median Household Income: $60,294
Typical Home Value (Zillow, Dec 2021): $221,996
Population:
3,383

JONESBOROUGH

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Jonesborough is a small town with big appeal. There’s live music called Music on the Square, every Friday night from May through September (or Brews & Tunes on Sunday afternoons) and great shopping from local and regional artisans at the annual Made Around Here Market, not to mention it has more than 242 years of history in Tennessee! Jonesborough’s natural beauty, charming architecture, and storytelling heritage, which hosts the National Storytelling Festival every year in October, have attracted visitors worldwide. Christmas in Olde Jonesborough is another special event that most kids in town await.

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Median Household Income: $56,550
Typical Home Value (Zillow, Dec 2021): $260,389
Population:
5,427

SEE ALSO: 5 Tennessee Famous Sweet Treats (With Recipe!)

HOHENWALD

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Hohenwald is the place to be if you’re interested in Lewis and Clark history, wine trails, and an elephant sanctuary. Located just over an hour southwest of Nashville, Hohenwald is a town that offers so many things to do, yet still manages to keep your mood light. Popular places include The Elephant Sanctuary, the nearby Natchez Trace Wine Trail, Natchez Trace Wilderness Preserve, and the scenic Natchez Trace Parkway. 

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Median Household Income: $29,875
Typical Home Value (Zillow, Dec 2021): $135,838
Population:
3,673

LEIPER’S FORK

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Leiper’s Fork is a small, friendly village in Williamson County. The town has charm and energy to spare! Humble and small, this tiny spot is about the size of a large city block but full of attractions like art galleries and a whiskey distillery. You can also even visit some tasty meat-and-three restaurants across its approximately 1,100 acres!

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Life in Leiper’s Fork is about to get a whole lot more glamorous. Expect front porches, fire pits, and community spirit as well. Stars like Justin Timberlake & Chris Stapleton preferred to build their vacation homes in this tiny unincorporated village in Franklin, Tennessee. On the other hand, if you just want to explore, you won’t find any hotel here but the popular larger (but still relatively small) town of Franklin is just 15 minutes away.

Data in Franklin, TN

Median Household Income: $98,321
Typical Home Value (Zillow, Dec 2021): $738,734
Approx. Population
in Leiper’s Fork
: 650

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ERWIN

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Erwin is a hidden treasure trove of hiking and backpacking opportunities in the beautiful mountains. Located just outside Cherokee National Forest, it’s an excellent place for anyone who loves being surrounded by nature without having to venture too far from home! What’s not to love about this town? You’ll find breathtaking mountain views, great hiking, and fishing along the Nolichucky River. There are also plenty of activities in the downtown area like coffee shops with quality drinks or pottery studios where you can buy handmade products made by local artists!

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Median Household Income: $98,321
Typical Home Value (Zillow, Dec 2021): $35,498
Population
: 5,291

DAYTON

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The town of Dayton is famous for hosting one of the most historic events in American history: “The Scopes Monkey Trial”. It took place back at this courthouse, and it was a trailblazing moment where issues were addressed whether evolution could be taught in state-funded schools.

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The scenery around the town is simple but captivating. There are plenty of hiking opportunities, antique stores, and restaurants that you can enjoy. If you’re dropping by to Dayton, don’t miss the chance to visit Monkey Town Brewing Company, and Chickamauga Lake, which is known to be the home to the best bass fishing in the nation.

Median Household Income: $98,321
Typical Home Value (Zillow, Dec 2021): $
36,393
Population
: 7,344

So, are you ready to take the wheel and explore these small towns in Tennesee? If you want some company, let me show you around.

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5 Tennessee Famous Sweet Treats (With Recipe!)

When you think of Tennessee, what comes to mind? The Smoky Mountains? Elvis Presley? Tennessee Whiskey? While all of those are iconic aspects of Tennessee, one thing that often gets overlooked is the state’s delicious sweet treats! In this blog post, we will explore some of Tennessee’s most famous sweets; where to buy or how to make them. Keep reading.

5. OLIVE & SINCLAIR

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Tennessee’s only traditional bean-to bar chocolate maker, Olive & Sinclair, has recreated this classic southern candy experience with their stone ground bars that’s ready to impress every chocolate lover.. The flavors are truly unique and perfect for any occasion or flavor preference you may have! Also, interesting fact: it’s gluten free and diary free!

Where to buy:

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http://www.oliveandsinclair.com/

SEE ALSO: Moving to Tennessee? 10 Lowest Cost of Living Cities in the Volunteer State

4. BANANA CREAM PIE

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Banana cream pie is the ultimate way to end your meal on a sweet note. The rich, heavenly flavor will have you coming back for seconds (and maybe even thirds). The layers of banana and vanilla pudding will make you want to go back to Tennessee for sure.

ingredients banana pie

Recipe from dinnerthedessert.com

Hands-On: 15 mins

Total: 1 hr 15 mins

Yield: Makes 8 servings

Directions:

  • Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and bake the pie crust for 30 minutes then remove to cool
  • Add the milk, sugar, cornstarch, and salt to a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture is bubbly.
  • Keep stirring and cook for another 5-6 minutes before removing from the heat.
  • Using a ¼ cup of the milk mixture which you’ve cooled in the fridge for two minutes, add the egg yolks to it and whisk to combine before adding it back into the rest of the milk mixture.
  • Set the saucepan back on the stove on medium heat again and whisk for an additional 3-4 minutes until it’s totally smooth and thickened to a pudding consistency.
  • Remove from the heat and add in the butter and vanilla whisking well.
  • Add the banana slices to the bottom of the pie shell, cover with the pudding and press saran wrap onto the pie gently to avoid a skin from forming on top.
  • Cool the pie completely in the fridge (3-4 hours) before topping with whipped cream and additional banana slices. To make the whipped cream add the powdered sugar to the heavy cream and beat until it forms medium peaks, about 1-2 minutes with a hand mixer.

3.  TENNESSEE JAM BUNDT

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The delicious, sweet taste of a Thanksgiving Jam Bundt cake is best enjoyed from that special family recipe box. It’s been passed down through generations and you’ll feel like one too when eating this amazing treat! If you’re planning to make this, be sure to allot time but it’s worth it!

Ingredients jam bundt cake
Ingredients jam bundt cake frosting

Hands-On: 30 mins

Total: 4 hrs 30 mins

Yield: Makes 12 servings

Recipe from myrecipes.com

Directions:

  • Prepare Cake: Preheat oven to 350°. Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 8 to 10 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack (about 30 minutes). Reduce oven temperature to 325°.
  • Beat granulated sugar and 1 cup butter at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition.
  • Stir together flour and next 5 ingredients. Stir together buttermilk and baking soda. Add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with buttermilk mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition. Add jam and vanilla, and beat just until blended. Stir in toasted pecans. Grease (with shortening) and flour a 10-inch (12-cup) Bundt pan. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  • Bake at 325° for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a long wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cake in pan on a wire rack 20 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack, and cool completely (about 2 hours).
  • Prepare Frosting: Bring brown sugar and next 2 ingredients to a boil in a 2-qt. saucepan over medium heat, whisking constantly; boil, whisking constantly, 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Gradually whisk in powdered sugar until smooth. Gently stir 3 to 5 minutes or until mixture begins to cool and thicken. Immediately pour frosting over cooled cake.

2. REALITY BITES CUPCAKE

smores cupcake

The Reality Bites tastes like a campfire scene, with toasted marshmallow meringue and chocolate ganache.

Where to buy: Ivey Cake

Ivey Cake is the dessert choice for your upcoming special events in Tennessee. The cupcakes, made by Ivey herself sold at her shop and through their website have been known to be a favorite among Carrie Underwood’s— she even had them catered in her wedding! Besides, this famous bakery was also featured in American Idol having a cupcake tower for Katy Perry. How lovely!

SEE ALSO: Experience the 7 Most Unique Restaurants in Tennessee

  1. MOON PIE

Made from two graham crackers with marshmallow filling and chocolate coating, Moon Pies originated in Chattanooga Bakery in Chattanooga, TN.

In the state of Tennessee, people have long held a special place in their hearts for Moon Pie. This sweet treat has been around since the early 1900s and is a popular snack in the southern U.S. It’s classic! There’s even an annual RC-Moon Pie Festival held in Bell Buckle, TN every year.

Where to buy: Moon Pie General Store

Well, if you’re a rockstar in the kitchen, why don’t you make your own Moon Pie?

Hands-On: 1 hr

Total: 12 mins

Yield: Makes 12 servings

Recipe from cookingbride.com

Instructions:

  • In a medium mixing bowl, cream butter, brown sugar, syrup, and vanilla until mixture is fluffy, about 1 minute.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, graham cracker crumbs, kosher salt, baking powder, baking soda, and ground cinnamon.
  • With the mixer on low, gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until dry ingredients are thoroughly incorporated. In a slow, steady stream, add the milk. Continue to mix until the dough comes together and leave the side of the bowl.
  • Turn dough out onto a large sheet of plastic wrap. Flatten with the palm of your hand. Wrap the edges of the plastic wrap around the dough. Refrigerate for up to1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Turn chilled dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. You may need to let the dough sit a room temperature for 5-10 minutes to make it easier to work with. Roll the dough until it is ¼ inch thick. Cut out cookies using a 3-inch round cookie cutter. Place cookies on a prepared cookie sheet.
  • Bake cookies 10-12 minutes. They will still be soft when you remove them from the oven. Allow cookies to cool 10-15 minutes until you can carefully transfer them to a cooling rack. Allow cookies to cool completely before beginning the next step.
  • Once your cookies have cooled, spoon approximately ¼ cup of marshmallow crème into the center of 12 cookies. Top marshmallow with a second cookie, then gently press down until the marshmallow just touches the edge. Place sandwiches on a cookie sheet and chill for at least 15 minutes.
  • In the meantime, melt the chocolate in a double boiler or in a heatproof bowl set over a small pan of boiling water. Once the chocolate has melted, remove pan from the heat and allow the chocolate to cool until it is still warm to the touch, but not longer hot. Slowly whisk in the oil.
  • Using two forks, gently place once sandwich cookie into the warm chocolate. Turn until thoroughly coated. Then remove cookies to a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Let cookies stand until chocolate shell has completely hardened.

So, which delicious dessert would you like to dream about today?

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Must-Know: The Grand Divisions of Tennessee and How They Differentiate

Tennessee, the Volunteer State, is home to three grand divisions: East Tennessee, Middle Tennessee, and West Tennessee. Each division has its own flavor and identity. Keep reading.

Among the largest states in America, Tennessee stands in 36th place according to worldpopulationreview.com. With a total area of 42,144 square miles and a population of 6,944,260 as of 2021, the Volunteer state has been an option for a lot of migrants; whether for retirement purposes or relocation.

EAST TENNESSEE

The Great Smoky Mountains

East Tennessee is made up of 33 counties on the eastern side of the state.  If you prefer to live in East Tennessee, you will always be welcomed by big mountains and deep valleys. It’s no surprise that this area has such incredible natural beauty. It is also not uncommon for people living here to be proud and caring about their community as well! The roads in East Tennessee are anything but straight but nothing beats the view as they wind around hills and mountains. Have you heard of The Great Smoky Mountains? It’s here!

The two largest cities in East Tennessee are Knoxville and Chattanooga. Guess what? Chattanooga is actually listed as the Top 1 Lowest Cost of Living Cities in Tennessee. No wonder many folks would love to move here.

The bustling metropolises offer all sorts of entertainment for visitors, including state parks and the little-known Chickamauga Lake which allows fishing, water skiing, boating, and swimming. 

SEE ALSO: Here are the 7 Best Lakes to live near in Tennessee

On the other hand, Knoxville claims as a-nature-loving-adventure-seeking-artsy-kinda-town. Whether you’re traveling to Knoxville for the day, a weekend, or a week, you’ll never run out of things to do. For a great food experience, visit Stock & Barrel, a local favorite for delicious, fresh ingredients and gourmet burgers. Stroll around the largest mall in Tennessee, West Town Mall which can also be found in Knoxville.

WEST TENNESSEE

West Tennessee is made up of 21 counties West of the Tennessee River. It is a welcomed change of scenery.  It is mostly flat, with a lot of farms. West has always been known for its agriculture and medicine. Settlers originally from the east coast moved to this area because it had rich soil perfect for farming, but they also found that there were many natural resources waiting in store such as coal.

It is home to the much bigger metropolis of Memphis and Jackson. Barlett, which is a city located northeast of Memphis, has been ranked by CNN and Money magazine among America’s top hundred most desirable places to live because it offers beautiful scenery and a respected public school; great for families!

SEE ALSO: Moving to Tennessee? 10 Lowest Cost of Living Cities in the Volunteer State

Memphis boasts a lot of great places that are worth visiting because of its rich history and uniqueness. Martin Luther King, Jr. took his last breath at the Lorraine Motel. After his death, the motel became a landmark and now is preserved as the American Civil Rights Museum.

SEE ALSO: 10 Crazy Facts About Tennessee You Probably Didn’t Know

The Beauty Shop is also one of the most unique restaurants in West Tennessee. Also from Memphis, their meals are superb! Expect American cuisine but with a twist. The ambiance? The photo says it all.

SEE ALSO: Experience the 7 Most Unique Restaurants in Tennessee

MIDDLE TENNESSEE

Tourism plays a major role in Middle Tennessee’s economy.  This area is made up of 41 counties. It is kind of a great mixture of East and West. It has some flat land, but it also has hills and mountains. Have you heard about Nashville? Of course! Who doesn’t know the Music City? It is actually the biggest city in Middle Tennessee and the state’s capital. Other notable cities in Middle Tennessee are Clarksville, Murfreesboro, and Franklin. Nashville and Clarksville metropolitan areas are two of the fastest-growing regions in the nation. It is the most populous of the state’s three Grand Divisions.

Middle Tennessee provides genuine Southern hospitality and delivers an unparalleled creative music experience. The rolling hills and fertile valleys of Middle Tennessee are a beautiful reminder that nature never gets too far from our grasp. Farm Tours are very popular in this area, too. Tobacco had been raised for personal use and for sale almost as soon as people settled in Middle Tennessee. by the 1920s Robertson County was known as the “Home of the World’s Finest Dark Fired Tobacco.”

Middle Tennessee has a lot to be proud of, and each county in the region offers its own unique attractions ranging from historic homes, most famous museums, huge lakes, hiking spots, musical heritage, wineries, and other historical places that are notable among states in the US.

Now that you’ve learned about the 3 Grand Divisions of Tennessee, are you ready to take a tour?

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Tennessee’s Scariest Places and Their Shivering Stories

Tennessee has its fair share of scary places that will keep you up all night, but some are more haunted than others. If you’re looking for a good scare this Halloween season, these eerie spots might be just what you need! Here are the 7 scariest places in Tennessee that will keep you up all night.

  1. The Bell Witch Cave (Adams City)

Home of a famous evil witch within southern folklore. It’s known across the United States as one of the most haunted places in the country. John Bell and his family were the first settlers in this land back in 1817. When they arrived shortly after, they soon began experiencing things that no one could explain – like furniture moving on its own (and not by any human force) and hearing someone yelling in the house, cursing the family. Some locals say that a witch is haunting the area. She was known as “Kate” and was believed to live in a cave on the family’s property. 

She violently beat members of the family by choking John Bell and torturing his daughter. On the other hand, one story says the witch also made time to save a child inside the Bell Witch Cave when a child got stuck in a hole and gave the children a quick lesson on safely exploring caves and disappeared again.

2. Tennessee State Prison (Nashville)

Have you heard about the movie, “The Green Mile”? Then you’re already familiar with this haunted horror. The brooding building is situated on the edge of Nashville, its history vibrant with prison riots and violent deaths and is known as the former home of “Old Sparky,” the state’s electric chair where more than 100 prisoners were executed. All of those who were executed with Old Sparky seems to wander around, making strange noises and unexpected footsteps heard by visitors. The maximum-security prison has been abandoned since 1992. In March 2020, it was heavily damaged by a tornado.

SEE ALSO: People in Tennessee are the Funniest When the Weather’s Freaking Hot!

3. Sensabaugh Tunnel (Church Hill)

This Haunted Tunnel located in Church Hill, Tennessee is not for the faint of heart. The tunnel gets its name from the Sensabaugh family’s ruling patriarch, who was known for his sharp wit and commanding presence. He built the tunnel in the 1920s and legend has it he murdered his wife and daughter only a few years later. He dumped their bodies in the tunnel. Ghost hunters say that you can hear their terrifying screams through the darkness of the tunnel. Broken by grief and anger for what the man did, he wandered the woods and tunnel for years. People report that their car’s ignition cuts at the tunnel entrance with the engine refusing to turn over. Creepy.

4. Gaylord Opryland Hotel (Nashville)

Behind the luxurious side of this hotel are creepy stories. Gaylord Opryland Hotel first welcomed customers in 1977 and it became the town’s most opulent hotel. The Hotel’s Black Lady, who wears a black gown and drapes a veil to hide her face, is said to be the ghost that haunts its hallways. Mrs. McGavock, who owned the property’s grounds and was killed there by a falling chandelier, is the supposed mystery woman. Her presence is said to be almost everywhere in the hotel but her favorite spot is the Magnolia Lobby. Staff said that she makes chandeliers move and flicker.

SEE ALSO: Are you ready for a show? 5 Fall Foliage Viewing Spots In Tennessee

5. Bijou Theatre (Knoxville)

Known to be one of the city’s oldest buildings, Bijou Theatre was built in 1817 and was once a hotel, brothel, and a Civil War hospital. The building’s atmosphere was so thick with death that many troops took their last breath in this place. General William P. Sanders was buried at the entrance of Bijou. In case you’re not familiar with him, he is a well-known officer of the Union Army in the American Civil War. Paranormal experiences like tugging of clothes or ghostly voices being heard happened to the workers of the building. Security hears footsteps all night long along the catwalk above the stage.

6. East Tennessee Hospital for the Insane (Knoxville)

It seems like Knoxville has a lot to offer for ghost hunters. East Tennessee Hospital for the Insane in 1886 was renamed Lakeshore Mental Health Institute and it’s known for dark medical procedures and experiments in the past. 984 patients were sleeping on floor pallets because of lack of beds – sad but not surprising. Hence, after more than a dozen years, funding stops and political infighting were involved. The city of Knoxville swears by reports of strange figures and screams echoing down the halls.

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7. Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park (Germantown)

People love hiking and enjoying the sun in this beautiful place. However, as the darkness fills up the space, strange things can happen. It is said that the ghost of a man known as “The Pigman” haunts this place. He was called “Pigman” when his appearance changed during an accident in World War II. During that time, he works at an explosives plant and now he roams around the forest in search of his next victim. Legend says, if you pass by the “Pigman Bridge”, and scream out Pigman three times while flashing your headlights, he will arrive and if you’re lucky, you won’t find out what happens after that! 

Which place do you think is the scariest of all? Would you dare to go to these haunted places? You have been warned. The following places are known to be haunted, and it’s best if you don’t go there alone! Happy Halloween!

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Spend your Me Time in these 5 Relaxation Spas in Hendersonville, TN

There is no better way to relax and rejuvenate yourself. It’s hard to find Me Time these days, but ladies and gentlemen, you deserve a break. Here are 5 relaxation spas around Hendersonville, Tennessee. Thank me later.

  1. Exhale Massage and Wellness –

From the first time you walk in to our doors, Exhale Massage and Wellness is committed to giving each person a personalized experience that’s tailored for their needs. Services include: Exhale Wellness massage, prenatal massages, focused massages, recovery massages, and lava shell massages.

Location: 110 Sanders Ferry Road Hendersonville Tennessee

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2. Hendersonville Wellness and Spa –

Hendersonville Wellness and Spa is the ultimate destination for relaxation. With unparalleled service, they provide clients with results that last far into their day-to-day lives. Using cutting-edge technologies and the finest medical-grade products, every treatment is customized to specific needs to help clients reach goals quickly and effectively. The spa offers treatments including Esthetics by Celeste, Hydration Haven, Custom Care Clinic, and natural weight loss solutions.

Location: 216 Shivel Drive Hendersonville Tennessee

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3. Kneaded Relief Massage Studio –

The professionals at Kneaded Relief Massage Studio know that every person has a different pain threshold and will react differently to treatments. This is why they make sure everyone’s needs are met, no matter what level your condition may be on! Owned by three wonderful women, they desire to help people live pain-free lives with the help of massage therapy. Services include: integrative massages, prenatal massages, and chair massages.

Location: 394 West Main Street Hendersonville Tennessee

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4. Salt Medspa Halotherapy –

Salt MedSpa has a number of different treatments for respiratory ailments. You’ll feel tension slipping away as your body unwinds from a stressful day, and peace takes over by taking their services which include Halotherapy (salt therapy), hydrafacials, massages, facials, waxing and eyelashes, and infrared sauna. They have helped many people’s lives by reducing congestion, cleansing the lungs and eliminating toxins in an instant yet soothing way.

Location: 393 East Main Street Hendersonville Tennessee

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5. Tranquil Garden Massage Spa –

The Tranquil Garden Massage Spa is a unique oasis of calm that offers an array of therapeutic, relaxing treatments to help you find your inner peace;  performed in a nurturing, warm, and inviting space in order to truly be effective. They have made it a goal to provide health benefits that can be felt by everyone they encounter by combining medical expertise with an authentic spa-care experience. They are experts providing body massages, salt chamber (halotherapy), sauna, hydrotherapy, and reflexology.

Location: 200 Anderson Lane North Hendersonville Tennessee

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I can’t help but feel like I need much ME Time. I bet you’re feeling the same way I do! 

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Here are 9 Underrated Tourist Destinations in Tennessee

Tennessee is known for more than just country music and barbecue. It has plenty of great tourist attractions that are rich in history.  Let’s take a moment to step away from the usual. 

Here are 9 Underrated Tourist Destinations you should go visit:

  1. Frist Art Museum
  • The Frist Art Museum is a world-class museum in Nashville that features art from ancient Greece to contemporary trends. The collection spans centuries, and you’ll find sculptures on display as well paintings by famous artists like Picasso – all for your enjoyment! The Frist also features the award-winning Martin ArtQuest Gallery with 30 interactive art-making stations, educational programs, free live music, and hand-crafted merchandise.

Location: 919 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203

2. Rock Quarry Cave

  • No wonder why Erin, Tennessee is known to be the state’s own little slice of Ireland because of hidden gems like Rock Quarry Cave. Head downtown, and you’ll discover an awesome piece of the local limestone quarrying history hiding behind a grocery store. You can go inside and view its massive vaulted ceiling. The area says no trespassing, but the locals tend not to mind if you visit, as long as you respect the area. 

Location: The GPS coordinates lead to the Piggly Wiggly near the cave.

SEE ALSO: Here are the 7 Best Lakes to Live Near in Tennessee

3. Synchronized Fireflies of the Great Smoky Mountains

  • Fireflies in the Smoky Mountains perform an astonishing light show every June, and if you’re lucky enough to be there at night when it happens then your heart will race as they seem to freeze mid-air while emitting a shower of sparks from their glowing abdomens. During the second week in June, trolleys run from the Sugarlands Visitor Center to the Little River Trailhead at Elkmont, leaving every 20-25 minutes. The trolley is the only transportation in and out unless you are a registered camper at Elkmont.

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4. Salt & Pepper Shaker Museum

  • Claiming itself to be the only one of its kind, the Salt & Pepper Shaker Museum offers interesting tours informing you about the history and development of shakers. The museum is packed with more than 20,000 salt and pepper shakers which tell an incredible story of our human history in carefully-curated categories featuring everything from pop culture to royalty to famous people and characters.

Location: 461 Brookside Village Way, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

5. Sun Studio

  • There must have been magic in the microphones during those early days at Sun, on one occasion capturing the combined talents of what came to be known as the Million Dollar Quartet — Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Carl Perkins all in the studio together. It was here that they first honed their craft on acoustic guitars.

Location:  706 Union Avenue. Memphis, TN 38103. at the corner of Marshall and Union.

6. Smokey Mountain Knife Works

  • Visitors to this store will find a variety of items that are not just knives. They’ll also be able to see an extensive collection of fossils, gems, minerals, artifacts, and meteorites! Smokey Mountain Knife Works is known as the “World’s largest knife showplace.” The showroom covers more than 100,000 square feet and has more than a million visitors annually.

Location: 2320 Winfield Dunn Pkwy, Sevierville, TN 37876

7. Patsy Cline Crash Site

  • Patsy Cline, the all-time great female country music singer died on March 5, 1963 when the airplane she was riding in plunged into the Tennessee wilderness. The crash site is now remembered by a meditative boulder, together  with the names of the crash victims etched into the top. There is also a small gazebo with an informational collage about the singer. 

Location: 2082 Mt Carmel Rd, Camden, TN 38320

Visit this site for FARM TOURS!

8. Chatanooga Choo Choo Hotel

  • In the early 20th century, Chattanooga was a bustling hub of transportation. Fearing that Terminal Station would meet the same fate as many demolished stations around the country, a group of Chattanooga businessmen banded together to save the station. Inspired by the 1941 song made famous by Glen Miller, they turned the station into a hotel and entertainment complex and called it the Chattanooga Choo Choo. The new hotel opened its doors in 1973, and in 1974 was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Today, beautiful rose gardens dotted with fountains, gazebos, and koi ponds fill the space where passengers used to board their trains. 

Location: 1400 Market St, Chattanooga, TN 37402

8. Billy Tripp’s Mindfield, Brownsville

  • The largest outdoor sculpture in Tennessee is found in Brownsville, and it’s massive! Billy Tripp known as the ‘Mindfield’ created it to represent his emotions, life events, and his personal growth as experienced by him throughout his life. The Mindfield is spread over an acre and is 125 feet high at its tallest point. After his father passed away in 2002, Tripp added a water tower which is by far one of the largest pieces in his canvas.

Location: 342 W Main St, Brownsville, TN 38012

Have you ever visited any of these places?.

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TOP 5 Best Hiking Spots For Adventurers in Tennessee [2021]

Hiking is a great way to get your daily dose of nature plus it’s good for your physical and mental health. For those of you who love the great outdoors, Tennessee has some amazing hiking spots. Here are some places you should check out:

  1. BEARWALLER GAP HIKING TRAIL

Location: 140 Marina Lane Carthage , TN

Level of Difficulty: Moderate

The Bearwaller Gap Hiking Trail is a great place to get your exercise and enjoy the outdoors. This 11-mile out and back trail located near Carthage, Tennessee features both scenic views of local mountain ranges as well as some lakes that can be seen on any given day due their proximity with each other! Dogs are also allowed along this hiking path so you may bring yours too if they like spending time outside just like ours.

2. CORDELL HULL LAKE HORSE TRAIL

Location: Carthage, TN

Level of Difficulty: Easy

The equestrian trails at Cordell Hull Lake provide a variety of activities for the entire family. These marked National Recreation Trails were designated by the Secretary of Interior 1981, and are part-of our Nation’s system to provide quality outdoor experience with these beautiful spaces! There is no use fee at this trail.

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3. EDGAR EVINS STATE PARK

Location: 1630 Edgar Evins State Park Rd Silver Point, TN 38582

Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Edgar Evins offers a variety of activities for the whole family. Located on Center Hill Lake, it’s one place you’ll never want to miss out on! The park has a large on-site marina with restaurant and gift shop, 60 campsites for tents or RVs to accommodate your camping needs as well 34 cabins. Center Hill Lake has a visitor observation tower to offer spectacular views of the surrounding hillsides.  Wildlife is abundant and includes three species of owl, hawks, wintering bald eagles and the rare cerulean warbler.

4. BURGESS FALLS STATE PARK

Location: 4000 Burgess Falls Dr Sparta, TN 38583

Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Located on the Falling Water River, the park is noted for its natural beauty and four waterfalls of which the last of these falls is the most spectacular, plunging more than 130 feet into the gorge. A large covered pavilion equipped with grills and tables can be reserved for your next group event. Shielded from the sun or rain, this space offers a gorgeous scenic view of the river! Window Cliffs State Natural Area is a nearby attraction.

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5. CUMMINS FALLS STATE PARK

Location: 390 Cummins Falls Ln Cookeville, TN 38501

Level of Difficulty: Advanced

Cummins Falls State Park is a 211-acre day-use park located nine miles north of Cookeville. While very beautiful, this is a rugged area and there are inherent hazards. The gorge and waterfall are not easily accessed and can only be reached by foot. Trail routes are steep with uneven terrain. Natural trail surfaces are varied and include water crossings, boulders and other obstacles. Staff advised people to read all safety Information on the website prior to visiting the park. It might be challenging for others but the view you’ll see is breathtaking!

Tennessee has something for everyone. If you are looking to buy or sell in Tennessee, think of Me.

Jennifer Davis

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Here are the 7 Best Lakes to live near in Tennessee

Cherokee Lake

From pristine beaches to rolling hills, this 30,000 acre lake offers a scenic landscape. Fishing, camping and boating are just three of the many wonderful activities you can enjoy at Cherokee Lake. The body of water is perfect for swimming in during those warm summer days with its clear blue waters that reflect off lake shores like crystals on an artist’s palette waiting to be admired by anyone lucky enough to venture out onto them!

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Norris Lake

Imagine waking up in the morning to a view of Norris Lake as its waters stretch out before you, all without having driven more than 20 minutes from your house. With 800 miles (or 34 thousand acres) worth scenic spots like these available at any given moment during summer season; there really isn’t anything better than spending some time outside with friends & family here.

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Chikamauga Lake

If you’re looking for some of the best bass fishing opportunities, Chickamauga Reservoir should be at top of your list. The Chickamauga Reservoir is a bass fishers’ paradise. It contains some of the most beautiful fish in all these waters, and they can be found here too!

Dale Hollow Lake

Discover a simpler way to enjoy the evening, with rocking chairs by your side and an endless view of nature. Learn how fires can warm up even coldest winter nights as you roast s’mores over them or just sit back while listening out for fireflies flying around. If you’re also into fishing, Smallmouth bass are the best in this world, and they hold a special place at Dale Hollow Lake.

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SEE ALSO: Top 10 Best Farms For Your Weekend RV Camp in Tennessee

Old Hickory Lake

Old Hickory Lake is often considered to be one of the most beautiful recreational lakes in Tennessee. There are many wonderful parks surrounding the lake, too. People love to visit Old Hickory Lake for fishing, camping and recreational boating.

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Reelfoot Lake

Reelfoot Lake is a unique Natural Wonder of the World and has long been cherished by outdoor enthusiasts. A place where you can find bald cypress trees and nesting pairs of eagles. It is also the site of Reelfoot Lake State Park. The perfect place to go for those who love photography. It’s one-of-a kind!

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Watts Bar Lake

Be amused by the beautiful view and peaceful surroundings of Watts Bar Lake where there are many bird species, making it a great place for both bird watching and wildlife photography. It is known for its excellent sport fishing, with black crappie bass being the most caught fish in this lake.

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Thinking of living nearby a lake? I’ll be glad to talk about it with you.
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Top 10 Best Farms For Your Weekend RV Camp in Tennessee

Here are the Top 10 Best Farms For Your Weekend RV Camp in Tennessee

  1. Crossing Creeks Farm(Bedford County)

They are passionate about producing great food for their family’s table and yours. With a commitment to organic-fed, grass-fed meats that use soy-free feed and nothing but pasture-raised animals they have become focused on small-batch premium products made by hand with love. They add new ways of sharing the experience every day because they so cherish it! “We love farming, but love sharing it with you all more, so we are always adding more ways to share ours”.

  1. Big South Fork Lodge and Horse Campground(Fentress County)

The property is a horse ranch that borders the park, allowing you to ride directly into it. It’s across the street from the trailhead and offers motel-style rooms as well as kitchenettes in larger suites. RV camping at the barn with their own picnic tables and fire pits; there are also camping options with your horses’ stalls where they can be tied nearby so everyone on vacation will enjoy themselves! There is a stocked pond available for fishing or just sitting along with hiking trails throughout both properties (the ranger station has maps). A restaurant on site called “The Hitching Post Grill” serves cold drinks and meals made of local produce if desired, making this an all-around great place to stay while exploring everything Missouri

  1. River Road RV Park & Horse Camp(Marshall County)

At River Road RV Park & Horsecamp in Chapel Hill, TN you’ll find a quiet place to relax and enjoy the beautiful Tennessee wilderness! Whether it’s visiting or passing through, we welcome all guests with long-term stays as well. Come stay for one night if that’s all you have time for or come spend months here at our family-friendly park where everyone is guaranteed to feel right at home!

4. Red Oak Ridge Hiking and Riding Trail (Clay County)

There are a variety of activities to do at and around Red Oak Ridge Hiking and Riding Trail, including fishing, water skiing, scuba diving, snorkeling/swimming in the lake’s clear waters. It is also popular for flatwater kayaking or sailing. The area has lots of trails that offer access to hiking and horseback riding through its beautiful wooded hillsides.

5. Heniscity Farm (Davidson County)

Heniscity Farm is a unique farm that raises clean heritage free-range livestock poultry for eggs/meat and hemp. The farm offers homemade balms, customized fiber crafts, and venue rental services as well!

6. Pickett State Park (Fentress County)

In 2015, Pickett CCC Memorial State Park and Pogue Creek Canyon became the first state parks in the Southeast to gain International Dark Sky recognition. The designation is given to spaces that protect dark night skies from light pollution so visitors can enjoy sweeping views of constellations similar to those found in Western states.

7. Cordell Hull Lake(Smith County)

Come hike, bike, fish, or swim with your family at Cordell Hull Lake! They offer two of the top-rated campgrounds and three day-use areas for you to enjoy. Defeated Creek Campground offers tent sites right next to clear water while Salt Lick Creek is an excellent spot if you’re looking for more privacy. The other camping area is also a favorite among visitors as it has plenty of campsites near open fields perfect for large groups. If outdoor recreation isn’t what excites you there are always our three beautiful beaches where kids can go swimming in the summertime and parents can relax on sunny days lying out under some trees in their beach chairs enjoying life by the lake.

8. Circle L Stables(Sumner County)

If you want to bring your horse along on vacation, they offer overnight stabling for your pet as well as a place to park their trailer. You can also stay longer if interested in using the arena and riding acres with obstacles or hook up 8 times if you need an area where there are no other horses around. Each private barn has its own tack/feed room so it’s like having a personal stable at all times.

9. Serenity Manor Stables (Wilson County)

If you’re traveling and need a place for your horse to stay, The Serenity Manor Stables offers overnight boarding. They have private stalls or pasture board plus an apartment with 30 amps. Less than fifteen minutes away are trails at the Cedars of Lebanon.

10. Bunkhouse Bakery(Fentress County)

Bunkhouse Bakery is a cottage bakery located in the farmhouse at the Standing Rock Ranch. They make fruit pies with fresh Tennessee grown blackberries, raspberries blueberries, cherries strawberries, and peaches as well their homemade specialty bread, muffins, cookies, and cakes. Baked goods are sold onsite or for porch deliveries to Fentress County Farmers Market on Square Cookville Farmer’s market local businesses’ homes and more.

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