The Whole Thing Sounds Relaxing
Trip Start May 13, 1996
16Trip End May 14, 1996
A number of places invite you to stop and tour; some of them require advance notice; One of those is the Arnold Engineering Development Center at the Air Force Base. If missiles and space systems are of interest to you, it's worth the effort, they have over 50 test facilities.
Pull off the freeway along about Manchester, and don't get in a hurry again till you've looped your way back to Monteagle. The contryside is so pretty you'll run out of film long before you get home.
Stop at Old Stone Fort Archaeological State Park; the earth and stone enclosure is over 2,000 years old; walk the wall and cliff perimeter. Watch for bats in Tullahoma, baseballs too; millions are manufactured annually at the family-run Worth business. North of Tullahoma is the first distillery tour at George Dickel; more cave-water at Nut Cave Trout Farm. Follow the country roads to Wartrace, and Bell Buckle; soak in the countryside.
Visit some of the more than 40 horse farms here; Shelbyville's Chamber will give you a map; always call ahead, of course. Two big annual events in Shelbyville draw horse-lovers from everywhere; the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in August and a 3-day show in May. Anytime of year you can see the Celebration Grounds and the Museum.
Buy a Tennessee Tipsy Cake from a store on the town square in Lynchburg, after you've toured Jack Daniels place. Canoe the beautiful Elk River or fish in Tims Ford Lake; sit by the giant water wheel at Falls Mill; buy fresh bread at the Swiss Pantry; now drive towards the looming plateau. It's awesome! Climb to an elevation of 1,900 feet and visit the magnificent campus of the University of the South at Sewanee. At Monteagle, it's back to the freeway, and trucks downshifting the mountain cut.