Off The Beaten Path

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Off The Beaten Path

Some say the best memories are made when you venture off the beaten path. A relaxing drive from Franklin, Tennessee along the Natchez Trace Parkway takes you there and delivers on beautiful scenery. One of the most traveled National Parks in America, the Trace will leave you inspired and feeling adventurous. The Natchez Trace Double Arch Bridge is a favorite backdrop with the best countryside views of Williamson County! 

Heading south along the Trace, you'll be transported to the tiny village of Leiper's Fork. This little oasis of authenticity has live music at night and a handful of awesome shops and galleries. But it is the stories you'll want to hear and the people you'll want to meet that make this place magical. Their work with The Land Trust for Tennessee has kept Leiper's Fork a quaint little gem surrounded by hundreds of acres of protected land.

Here are some top-of-the-list experiences for your itinerary:


This 444-mile national scenic byway closely follows the course of the ancient trace traveled for centuries by tradesmen and Indians from Natchez, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee passing through Williamson County. Many travelers will tell you the Trace's double arch bridge is the highlight of this scenic road trip! The Natchez Trace Parkway is one of only six of our country's "All American Roads". Experience the Trace by scenic drive, hike, cycling, horseback riding and camping. 


Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee is the local hangout and radiates that village vibe with mismatched tables and chairs and a mix of visitors, farmers, songwriters and country music stars. Puckett's is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and hosts live music most nights - - don't miss Open Mic Nights on Thursdays (reservations recommended) because you just never know who might show up.


Classic country music, real people and good food nestled in the glorious rolling hills of Tennessee. Country Boy's southern country cookin' will brighten your day, we promise!


Sugar is a unique bakery and cafe tailored to fulfilling the sweetest of cravings in a classic, inviting atmosphere.


This inspiring gallery showcases the works of America’s finest artisans - Unique finds like original pieces of pottery, jewelry, handmade furniture, walking sticks, abstract ceramics, sculpture and blown glass.


As you round the bend into the town of historic Leiper’s Fork, the rustic little barn known as David Arms Gallery is the first building to greet you. Come in and shop the full line of products that are inspired by his work. This is no ordinary barn!


This local gallery features an eclectic range of art from representational painting to abstract expressionism and sculpture. These artists are established nationally, some internationally, and have distinctive styles with brilliant technical abilities. Take the scenic drive through the same countryside that you’ll see represented in many of the works offered here.


It's calling your name, this cozy little shop in Leiper's Fork. Serenite Maison specializes in European antiques, one-of-a-kind items including furniture, lighting and textiles from all over the world, combined with exclusive jewelry and mercantile.


The smell of leather greets you when you walk into this country mercantile that features apparel and gift items for the casual country lifestyle. Leather goods handmade from the best artisans in America - from boots to bangles to silver jewelry and all the trappings that a well-traveled individual could ever want.