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May 15 & 16, 2015
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U.S. 127
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August 7-10, 2014
(World's Longest!
690 miles from Michigan to Alabama)
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October 2-4, 2014
400-Mile Sale
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June 4-7, 2015
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TN52 Yard Sale
Covered Bridge: Red Boiling Springs, Macon County
Beach: Defeated Creek Park, Smith County
Church: Historic Rugby, Morgan County

 

 

Welcome to the TN52 Tourist Trail.  Please take a tour of  northern Tennessee along the Tennessee/Kentucky border.  You'll find state and national parks, covered bridges, a dozen wineries, interesting history, one-of-a-kind shops, yearly festivals, National Register hotels, good food, country and gospel music, and lots of friendly folks along the way! 

Take a look at the map below.  Our route is the blue line which starts in West Tennessee at the Mississippi River.  It runs through 17 counties and eventually ends at I-81 in northeast Tennessee.   Nashville is the large red dot where I-24, I-65 and I-40 converge.  Our web site lists the most attractions in C7 (Sumner County) and C8 (Macon County) as these are the closest counties to Nashville.

Note: if you decide to travel all the way from C1 to C17, you'll use many roads including TN22, U.S. 79, and TN63.  TN52 actually starts in C7 (Robertson County) and ends in C15 (Scott County).  Why did we choose to name the web site TN52.com?  When we started the web site in 2003, we were just going to do Sumner County and Macon County, both of which are on TN52.  Obviously, our route has expanded over the years!

 


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Sumner County's Newest Tourist Attraction!
Bottom View Farm's Zip Lines!!

5,000 feet of Zip Lines!
Zip Lines Information Line: (615) 427-8097
Watch YouTube Video on Bottom View Farm's Web Site

 

 

Suggested Easy Day Trips from Nashville!

Trip 1:  The Tennessee Highway 52 Yard Sale.

Held annually in May.   Drive north on I-65 to exit 117 to TN52.  For the next 90+ miles, you'll find over 800 yard sales!  This is an annual event that's been going on since 2000.  Details and dates. 

[C7: Robertson County, C8: Sumner County, C9: Macon County, C10: Clay County]

 

 

Trip 2: Three Wineries. 

Head north on I-65.  Stop at Long Hollow Winery in Goodlettsville, Sumner Crest Winery in Portland and Red Barn Winery in Lafayette.  You'll enjoy some fantastic Tennessee-made wines!

www.longhollowwinery.com
www.sumnercrestwinery.com
www.redbarnwinery.com

For a list of all wineries on the Tennessee Highway 52 Tourist Trail, please click here:

[C8: Sumner County, C9: Macon County, C10: Clay County]

 

 

Trip 3: A Day at the Beach. 

Pack a picnic and head for the beach at Defeated Creek Park!  After lunch, browse around historic Red Boiling Springs or do a wine tasting at Red Barn Winery.

[C9: Macon County]

 

 

Trip 4: Horseback Riding. 

If you own a horse, be sure to visit Long C Trails for horseback riding in some really beautiful scenery. 

[C9: Macon County]

 

 

Trip 5: Motorcycle Museum. 

Visit historic Red Boiling Springs and see Cyclemos, Tennessee's only motorcycle museum.  Have lunch at The Thomas House Hotel or Armour's Hotel, both on the National register of Historic Places.

[C9: Macon County]

 

 

antique car

Trip 6: Antique Car Show. 

Held annually in September.  For over 50 years, the Antique Automobile Club of America has held their annual car show in Red Boiling Springs.   See hundreds of classic cars!  Enjoy the lunch buffet at The Thomas House Hotel.  After the show, visit Red Barn Winery to sample some fine Tennessee wines.

[C9: Macon County]

 

 

Trip 7: Arts & Crafts on an 1800s Farm.  

Be sure to check out Grandpa's House.  They also have storytelling and a once-a-year How'd They Do That Day where they demonstrate how things got done on a farm before modern machinery and electricity.

[C9: Macon County]

 

 

Trip 8: Witches & Wine. 

Stop by Beachaven Winery in Clarksville for some delightful Tennessee-made wine.  Then visit the Bell Witch Cave, one of the most haunted places in America!

[C6: Montgomery County]

 

 

Trip 9: Tennessee's Largest Thrift Store. 

Be sure to visit Marie's in downtown Springfield.

[C7: Robertson County]

 

 

Trip 11: World-Record Fishing! 

The world-record small mouth bass was caught in Dale Hollow Lake near Byrdstown in C12 Pickett County.  You may also gain access to Dale Hollow Lake from C10 Clay County, and C11 Overton County.  The record, by the way, is 11 pounds, 5 ounces.  Now it's your turn to beat that!

[C10: Clay County, C11: Overton County, C12: Pickett County]

 

 

Trip 14: Enjoy 18-Holes of Championship Golf! 

Visit PGA Professional Kenny Perry's Country Creek golf course.  Open to the public.

[C8: Sumner County]

 

 

Trip 15: The Drive-In Theater!  

There aren't many drive-in theaters left in the United States today.  We, however, are near two of them!  Check out the Franklin Drive-In and the Macon Drive-In.

[C8: Sumner County, C9: Macon County]

 

 

Trip 16: Lunch ... as seen on Tennessee Crossroads!  

Enjoy a delicious lunch at 5 Chefs in Portland.  Watch the Tennessee Crossroads video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/TNCrossroadsTV#p/search/1/sFaNfHN7SyY

[C8: Sumner County]

 

 

Trip 17: Hunting

Spend a day at Meadow Brook Game Farm for some of the best hunting around.

[C8: Sumner County]

 

 

Trip 18: Explore Historic Red Boiling Springs! 

See two covered bridges, three National Register hotels, and a beautiful park on the banks of Salt Lick Creek.  Read historical markers about Civil War events which took place here.  Visit Tennessee's only motorcycle museum.  Eat some good country food!  Red Boiling Springs is a fun place to spend the day.

[C9: Macon County]

 

 

Trip 19: Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival. 

Each May, about 25,000 people visit Portland for this annual event which has been going on for almost 75 years!  Enjoy lots of music, kids' activities, a parade, a 5K race, lots of food, and lots of fun.

[C8: Sumner County]

 

 

There's lots more to do!  Click on any of the links in the left margin to explore county by county or by type of activity.  (Remember C8: Sumner County and C9: Macon County have the most activities closest to Nashville.)  Have a great time on the Tennessee Highway 52 Tourist Trail!

 

 

 

Suggested Overnight Trips from Nashville

Trip 1: World's Longest Yard Sale!  

The Highway 127 Yard Sale is the world's longest yard sale and the longest yard sale in Tennessee!  Held each August.

[C13: Fentress County]

 

 

Trip 2: Whitewater!  

Visit the Obed Wild & Scenic River in Morgan County.

[C14: Morgan County]

 

 

Trip 3: Rock Climbing!  

Visit the Obed Wild & Scenic River in Morgan County.

[C14: Morgan County]

 

 

Trip 4: Five Wineries! 

Head north on I-65 and start east on TN52.  Your first winery is right at exit 117: Sumner Crest Winery.  After that visit Red Barn Winery in Lafayette, Holly Ridge Winery in Livingston, Highland Manor Winery in Jamestown, and Stonehaus Winery in Crossville.

For a list of all wineries on the Tennessee Highway 52 Tourist Trail, please click here:

[C8: Sumner County, C9: Macon County, C11: Overton County, C13: Fentress County]

 

 

Trip 5: Historic Rugby. 

Visit an authentic village from the 1880s that's been carefully preserved in Morgan County.  www.HistoricRugby.org

[C14: Morgan County]

 

 

Trip 6: Horseback Riding. 

If you own a horse, be sure to visit Long C Trails for horseback riding in some really beautiful scenery.  Spend the night at one of their campsites or RV spots.

[C9: Macon County]

 

 

Trip 7: World-Record Fishing! 

The world-record small mouth bass was caught in Dale Hollow Lake near Byrdstown in C12 Pickett County.  You may also gain access to Dale Hollow Lake from C10 Clay County, and C11 Overton County.  Why not spend a few days on the lake on one of the many houseboat rentals that are available?  The local Chambers of Commerce will be happy to help you.

C10: Clay County, C11: Overton County, C12: Pickett County]

 

 

Trip 8: Rocky Top Ranch 

Home sleeps six comfortably.  Available for rental by the day (two-day minimum), by the week or longer.  On acres and acres of very private land with beautiful views.  For those who want to bring their horses, there is a four-stall horse barn, and a private access trail into world famous Long C Trails.
www.RockyTopRanchAtLongC.com

[C9: Macon County]

 

 

Trip 9: Benevolent Ghosts

How about a night in Room 37 ... as featured on the A&E-TV hit show "Paranormal State."  Then you need a visit to the Thomas House Hotel in Red Boiling Springs! 

[C9: Macon County]

 

 

Trip 10: October Sky Filming Locations

Take a trip over to Morgan County and see where most of the movie October Sky was filmed!

[C14: Morgan County]

 

 

Trip 11: Stay in a Bed & Breakfast

Visit Armour's Hotel in Historic Red Boiling Springs.  You'll be treated like family, and you'll eat well too!

[C9: Macon County]

 

 

Trip 12:  Spend a Night in a State Park!

Paris Landing State Park is one of the nicest Tennessee offers.  Stay in the deluxe hotel or rent a cabin or campground.  Enjoy golg, boating on the Tennessee River, their wonderful buffet meals, and lots more.

[C4: Henry County]

 

 

Trip 14: Watch Eagles!

Take a trip to Reelfoot Lake which formed during the huge 1811-1812 New Madrid earthquakes.  This is one of the top spots in the lower-48 United States to watch the American Bald Eagle.  You might also want to try your fishing skills in this world-famous lake.

[C1: Lake County, C2: Obion County]

 

 

Trip 15: See where the Pioneers Traveled!

A new 4,600-foot tunnel sends U.S. 25E under the Cumberland Gap and has allowed the restoration of the area to the way it was when settlers crossed the Gap in the 1700s.

[C17: Claiborne County]

 

 

There's lots more to do!  Click on any of the links in the left margin to explore county by county or by type of activity.  (Remember C8: Sumner County and C9: Macon County have the most activities for people who live in Nashville.)  Have a great time on the Tennessee Highway 52 Tourist Trail!

 

 

 


Paul Robert at Reelfoot Lake.
Photo by Annemarie Robert.



A European's View of the Tennessee Highway 52 Tourist Trail

by Paul Robert
Amsterdam, Netherlands
December 2009

Taking a couple of days to drive Highways 22 and 52 from west to east is not something you do when you visit the USA for the first time. But once you've seen New York, Florida, California and the Grand Canyon, why not? These backwater highways are a fantastic way to get in touch with people and places you otherwise wouldn't meet.

Wherever you go in the USA, you are bound to run into countless European tourists, each celebrating the current exchange rate in his or her own way. Not on Highway 22 or 52. The chance of running into another non-American is very small. And many people you do meet along the way rarely run into tourists. They have a standard reply here, when you tell'm where you're from: "Now, I'll be darned! What y'all doing here then?"

What you do here? A couple of hints. Hang out with the fishermen at Reelfoot Lake, and exchange stories by the fire. Or maybe rent a boat and sail around the lake for a day to look at the eagles. (Even better: get the fisherman to take you along. Much more fun.) Take a hike along one of the wooden boardwalks that were built through the swamps. You'll just love the mosquitoes. More Nature? Check the buffalos in the land between the lakes, and grab a sandwich at Patti's (ok... that's about an hour off 52, but worth it. Really). And if that still isn't enough of the nature bit, do check out Dale Hollow. That is one amazing lake. You can get a houseboat there and sail around, catching your own meals.

Driving along one of these endless highways at 55mph in a state where overtaking is regarded as an extreme sport (or everybody is constantly aware of the police) is a treat in itself. Lay back, play some music and keep on rollin'. And when you get to a town, like Union City or Clarksville, take an hour for a stroll along Main Street. Check out the antique shops (it's amazing how many antique shops they have in this country where antiques are rare). Have a surprising burger in a diner or cafe.

Not to be missed: Sunrise on Dale Hollow, an evening meal at the Armour's Hotel in Red Boiling Springs, a stroll through the Collinsville museum village, a visit to the library in Historic Rugby. But above all, make sure you spend time with the people you meet along the way. The Tennesseans are Tennessee's biggest asset. They are hospitable, friendly and open. Their view of the world may also be very different from what you are used to. So brace yourself for a culture shock.

[Note: the hyperlinks above were added by the webmaster.]

After returning to the Netherlands, Paul wrote two articles about his trip to Tennessee for the Dutch Financial Daily newspaper.  The links below are relevant to Paul and Paul's trip.

Paul's Tennessee Photo Gallery
Part 1 of Paul's Article in Dutch (Published December 2009) (pdf file)
Part 2 of Paul's Article in Dutch (Published January 2010) (pdf file)
Part 1 and Part 2 of Paul's Article, translated into English (pdf file)
Paul's profile on Linkedin.com.

 

 

 


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