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Promised Land Trail in Tennessee

The beauty of Tennessee unfolds as you depart Music City to cross undulating hills and ascend to the Cumberland Plateau.

It was a challenge for Tennessee’s first settlers to make their way from Northeast Tennessee, over the Cumberland Plateau and into Nashville. Along the first road into Tennessee, the Avery Trace, many believed they were headed to a “promised land.”

The Promised Land Trail follows Highway 70, where you can experience rich history, great food, shopping and more. Travel south from Nashville Visitors’ Center on Broadway to Riverfront Park. Take a right on First Street and pass Nashville’s Hermitage Cafe, a small diner with great Southern cooking. Continue along what becomes Lebanon Road, passing historic Mount Olivet cemetery where Captain Thomas Ryman of the Ryman Auditorium is buried. Make your way through Donelson and experience Becker’s Bakery, a Nashville landmark. Along the journey, discover what an impact President Andrew Jackson had on American history at the home he shared with wife Rachel, The Hermitage. Continue on to Mt. Juliet and then to Lebanon’s historic downtown square for great antique shopping. Off the trail, experience wonderful shopping at Mount Juliet’s Providence location or Lebanon’s Prime Outlet Stores.

Soon you’ll arrive in Carthage, home of Vice President Al Gore. Plan on a stop at Bussell Berries and U-Pick Farm where you can pick your own strawberries, blackberries and more. Enjoy live bluegrass music at Sutton General Store in nearby Granville. 

Visit multiple wineries along the trail, including Del Monaco Winery in Baxter. In Cookeville, find a thriving downtown arts district, Cookeville’s Depot Museum, the Bryan Symphony Orchestra and fine dining at Maddux Station and Mauricio’s Italian.

Stop over at The Country Porch in Monterey for homemade ice cream, lunch and gifts. Visit one of the beautiful state parks along the route including Cumberland Mountain, Burgess Falls, Edgar Evins and Cedars of Lebanon. 

Stop in Tennessee’s Golf Capital, Crossville, and experience one of 12 outstanding golf courses. Don’t miss a performance at Cumberland County Playhouse or rich history at Pioneer Hall Museum and Historic Homesteads Tower & Museum.

On your way back to Nashville, stop in Smithville to see artisans at work at the Appalachian Center for Craft. Make your way to Watertown where the historic downtown square is filled with shops. You’ll return to Lebanon and then on back to Nashville, Music City.


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