This weekend, I noticed the leaves on a few trees have started changing colors. I’m sure the lack of rain is partially responsible, but it reminded me that fall is upon us. Soon football will be on every channel, nights will start cooling down, and Halloween decorations will start going up. Nashville Fall is my favorite time of year. The weather finally becomes bearable and there are so many fun things to do in Nashville and the area around it.
Nashville Fall Travel Ideas
1. Take a Drive
Tennessee is covered in beautiful highways and winding country roads. I absolutely love exploring these roads and enjoying the fall colors. My favorite road to explore is the Natchez Trace. It runs from Nashville to Natchez, MS and has scenic overlooks, historic monuments, hiking trails, and waterfalls just off the road. If the Natchez Trace isn’t quite what you are looking for, check out this book Scenic Driving Tennessee (Scenic Routes & Byways). It has detailed routes for great scenic drives all over the state.
Another great resource for finding back roads to explore is TN Trails and Byways. This site features the Jack Trail, the Promised Land Trail, The Pie in the Sky Trail, and many more. Whichever trail you take, hit the road this fall!
2. Pick a Pumpkin
Get the whole family out and go to the pumpkin patch. There are quite a few in Middle Tennessee so it shouldn’t be hard to find one near you. Check out the petting zoo’s, get lost in the corn maze (or Maize), or any number of other fall themed entertainment options these farms usually have in place. These pumpkin patches are some of my favorite Nashville Fall outings. When you get done,pick a great pumpkin and spend the evening carving it with your family. I highly recommend the Pumpkin Masters Pumpkin Carving Kit with 12 Patterns & Tools for some really cool carvings.
By no means is this an exhaustive list, but here are a few middle Tennessee Patches that I have been too. Please let us know about more in the comments!
Granddaddy’s Farm in Estill Springs, Tennessee opens September 10 and admission is $10 per person
Honeysuckle Hill Farm in Springfield, Tennessee opens September 24th and admission is $12.95 per person
Lucky Ladd Farms in Eagleville, Tennessee opens their pumpkin patch on September 21 and adult admission is $13 while children 2-12 will cost $11.
3. Take a Hike
Its is hard to beat fall for hiking. The cool air helps me got a lot further without becoming absolutely exhausted, and the autumn colors make the views spectacular. Middle Tennessee is full of state parks that have some of the best hiking around. Check out this book for Nashville Fall hiking ideas 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Nashville: Including Clarksville, Gallatin, Murfreesboro, and the Best of Middle Tennessee.
4. Get Crafty
Fall is prime time for craft shows in middle Tennessee. They provide an great opportunity to connect with some amazing artists. Check one of these fairs out and see what Tennessee’s finest artisans have for sale!
Tennessee Craft (TACA) – Fall Craft Fair at Centennial Park in Nashville on September 23rd – 25th
Bell Buckle Arts & Crafts Festival– Held in Bell Buckle every year on the 3rd weekend in October
Beersheba Springs Arts & Craft Fair – The 50th annual event will be held on August 27th and 28th
5. Ride that Train
Tennessee Central Railway Museum has fall train excursions that depart from Nashville and travel through the Caney Fork Valley to Cookeville, Baxter, and Watertown. First class seating is nice, but if you book early enough, you can get one of the limited seats in the dome car for the best views. This is a unique Nashville Fall travel event, be sure to book early!
6. Camp Out
There is nothing that officially marks the arrival of fall for me like camping out. The skies are a little clearer, and sleeping under the stars is good for the soul. Whether you are an RV camper or a Tent camper, Middle Tennessee has a great spot for you.
There are over 10 state parks in Middle TN and most if not all of the have RV accommodations as well as primitive camping spots. There are also private campgrounds located throughout the mid state. If you are looking for tent camping, check out this book: Best Tent Camping: Tennessee: Your Car-Camping Guide to Scenic Beauty, the Sounds of Nature, and an Escape from Civilization
7. Get Festive
Fall is officially festival season in Middle Tennessee. Not music festivals (although there are a few), but cultural, food, art, and history festivals. It seems like every small town has a celebration in the fall whether it is the Jack Daniels Barbecue Invitational, the National Banana Pudding Festival, or the Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival, there is a little something for everyone.
Check out these other festivals in and around Nashville
Tennessee History Festival
National Rolley Hole Marbles Championship
Here’s the Beef Festival
Lairdland Farm House 10th Annual Living History Weekend
Feel free to add any that we missed in the comments!
Another one of my favorite Nashville Fall events is watching a scary movie, preferably at one of middle Tennessee’s drive-in theaters. The cool autumn air makes it comfortable to roll you windows down and enjoy the movie, or snuggle up with your partner. Some of these theaters even show classic horror movies from time to time. How can you resist catching Night of the Living Dead at one of these nostalgic theaters?
9. Take a Ghost Tour
Middle Tennessee is full of creepy locations with stories of being haunted. You can take walking tours through locations known for unexplained ghostly events, or maybe even take a hearse through downtown Nashville to hear about its haunted history.
Check out our post about Middle Tennessee’s creepiest ghost tours.
10. Get on a boat
Some of the best views of the Nashville fall foliage come from the river. Check out these River cruise companies that run on the Cumberland River during the fall to get unique vantage points for autumn colors.
Hopefully you find time to enjoy one of these Nashville Fall outings. Middle Tennessee has a lot to offer. Tell us what you think. What are you going to do this fall? Let us know in the comment section. Consider subscribing to our updates so you don’t miss anything.