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The most scenic fall drives in #FranklinTN

The most scenic fall drives in #FranklinTN

While the calendar tells us when fall officially arrives, around here we know it doesn’t truly feel like fall until you feel that first wisp of crisp air, smell the tobacco barns in the distance and see the leaves on the trees turn into a painted canvas. One of my favorite things in the world is hoping on a two-lane road, turning up the radio and seeking out a new adventure as I take in the scenic wonders around Franklin in the fall. Next time you need to leave the hustle and bustle behind, check out these three breathtaking scenic drives.

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Natchez Trace Parkway Double Arch Bridge in Franklin TN

The Natchez Trace Parkway

The Natchez Trace Parkway is a National Park devoted to preserving the awesome views along this two-lane slice of heaven. Start your trip down “The Trace” at the double arch bridge, which is an impressive sight all on its own, but be sure to slow down for a long look as you go over it. The view of green grass and multi-colored leaves for as far as the eye can see is not one you want to miss! Be sure to have your camera handy too, the Natchez Trace offers postcard-worthy pictures around every curve! Don’t believe us? Just check out these 50 Stunning Views of the Natchez Trace Parkway.

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Leiper's Creek Gallery

Two-lanes to Leiper’s Fork

The village of Leiper’s Fork was made for the fall! No matter the two-lane road you find yourself on headed to Leiper’s Fork, it is sure to lead you through a canopy of colorful trees and wind all the way to a village full of front porches for sitting and fire pits for marshmallow roasting. You can make an entire day of wandering through the shops and galleries tucked beneath the wooded beauty in Leiper’s Fork, but don’t totally fill up on those marshmallows and smores, there is a plate full of all things southern and wonderful waiting on you at Puckett’s of Leiper’s Fork and The Country Boy Restaurant.

Franklin Main Street in the Fall

Downtown Franklin to Bowie Nature Park

The best fall drives are the ones where you find those gems along the way you can tell your friends about for years. This drive though is best started in park! You’ll want to get out take a stroll down Main Street in historic downtown Franklin. The collection of local shops, restaurants, and even a historic theater are just part of the charm that makes these two lanes of highway a Great American Main Street. On the other end of this drive is a gem for those who like getting up-close-and-personal with nature. The countryside views alone on the way to the Bowie Park and Nature Center are enough, but the 772-acre park with its five lakes, 17 miles of trails and wildlife galore will leave you breathless.

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