Downtown Nashville Visitor Center

Inside the glass tower of Bridgestone Arena, visitors can talk with Music City experts for “inside” tips; pick up brochures, maps and coupons; shop for souvenirs; and buy tickets for attractions, all while listening to live music.

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501 Broadway Nashville, TN 37203


More About: Downtown Nashville

Downtown Nashville draws people from all over the world, eager to stroll the sidewalks of Broadway, duck into the famous honky tonks and walk in the footsteps of country music’s greats. This thriving district has something for everyone, from pool halls and pub fare to great meals and family fun; shopping and souvenirs to world-class sporting events. This has always been the heart of the city, and right on the banks of the Cumberland River sits Nashville’s beginning — the site of the original Fort Nashborough. Led here by James Robertson, this is where the city’s first settlers lived. Looking out over the river and behind the fort at the bustling downtown is an interesting reminder of the changes Nashville has seen — from humble fort to modern sky- scrapers, pioneers to performers — since the late 1700s.


Ryman Auditorium

Originally the Union Gospel Tabernacle, this 1892 church became an entertainment venue, presenting operas, vaudeville shows and top artists in the early 1900s. The auditorium is best known as the former home of the Grand Ole Opry, which performed here from 1943-1974 before moving to the current Grand Ole Opry House. Stop in to tour the venue, and visit the museum and gift shop.

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116 Fifth Avenue North Nashville, TN 37219


Park & walk to visit pts. 1-4. Turn R onto Broadway, turn L onto 5th Ave. N. to pt. 2. (Enter museum from 4th Ave. N. side.)


Broadway Historic Entertainment District

The collection of music venues and watering holes here drowned the sorrows and launched the careers of many music stars. Bars like Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge became a sort of “backstage” for up-and-coming performers like Willie Nelson and Patsy Cline, making the “37 steps” in the alley between Tootsie’s and the Ryman famous. More favorites include Robert’s Western World, The Stage, Legends Corner; the honky tonks in Printers Alley, just a few blocks away; and Station Inn in The Gulch.
Hatch Show Print – Nestled along Broadway is one of the oldest working letterpress print shops in America. For 125 years, Hatch has printed concert posters for musicians ranging from country's original legends to popular contemporary artists.

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Broadway, between 4th & 5th Av Nashville, TN 37201

Return to Broadway for pt. 3, between 4th & 5th Aves.


Nashville’s “Music Mile”

Walk part of this one-mile stretch that connects downtown to Music Row and enjoy these highlights:

Schermerhorn Symphony Center - Visit the home of Nashville's Grammy Award-winning symphony, opened in 2006. A state-of-the art concert hall, it occupies a full city block that includes a public garden, Arpeggio Cafe and education center.

Country Music Hall Nashville of Fame & Museum – Inside this unique building is an intimate look at America’s music.See one-of-a-kind memorabilia, photos and video, invaluable recordings, traveling exhibits, live shows, a museum store, and Two Twenty • Two Grille.

Music City Walk of Fame - A tribute to Nashville-connected musicians of all genres this park features start markers dedicatd to artists including Roy Orbison, Reba McEntire and Fisk Jubilee Singers. The nearby Nashville Music Garden features roses named for songs, singers and the city including the Brenda Lee, Coal Miner's Daughter and Widow of the South.

Frist Center for the Visual Arts – This world-class, non-profit exhibition center is dedicated to bringing major American and international exhibits to Nashville, as well as the finest visual art from local, state and regional artists. Gift shop and café on site.

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1 Symphony Pl.


At Broadway & 4th Ave., go L/S onto 4th Ave. S. to McGavock St. to pt. 4. Walk of Fame is across Demonbreun St. from Hall of Fame. Turn R onto 5th Ave. S., return to Broadway. Turn L onto Broadway toward 7th Ave. Continue W on Broadway to 9th & 1

More About: The Barbershop Harmony Society

Nashville is the international headquarters of the Barbershop Harmony Society. As you travel west on Broadway, look north on 7th Avenue to see the architectural barber poles; if you’re a fan of the genre, stop in the gift shop.


The Parthenon in Centennial Park

The centerpiece of this beautiful urban public park, the Parthenon and the massive Athena statue inside, are full-scale replicas of the Greek originals. Built for Nashville’s 1897 Centennial Exposition, it now serves as an art museum, photo opp and meeting space. The public park is open daily and hosts events year-round. Parthenon open Tues.-Sat.

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2600 West End Ave. Nashville, TN 37203


Return to car. Drive W on Broadway, at Y, stay R. Road becomes West End Ave. Turn R onto 26th Ave N. to pt. 5

More About: The Athens of the South

Known as the Athens of the South, Nashville constructed this full-scale replica of the Parthenon for Tennessee’s Centennial Exposition of 1897, celebrating 100 years of statehood a year after its true centennial in 1896. Organizers blamed the delay on slow construction, lack of funds and the 1896 presidential election. Once begun, the exposition was a huge success with about 1.8 million attendees over a six-month period.


Belle Meade Plantation

Connect with Nashville’s history at this 30-acre historic site. Tour the 1853 Greek Revival mansion, beautifully preserved with six solid limestone columns quarried from the property. Eat at The Harding House or take in a tasting at Nashville’s only winery.

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5025 Harding Pk. Nashville, TN 37205


Exit R onto West End Ave. It becomes Harding Pk./ US-70S. Go 4.3 miles to pt. 6

More About: Private Residences

The sites and landmarks along Nashville’s Trace bring history to life. While some of these sites open their doors to visitors, some remain as they have for over a century: private residences. Please be respectful of the private land and homeowners on our tour.


Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre

The city’s oldest professional theatre continues to produce top-quality entertainment and delight guests with a Southern-style buffet. Reservations required.

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8204 Highway 100 Nashville, TN 37221


Exit L onto Harding Pk./ US-70S to continue S. At Y, stay L onto TN-100. Go 6.7 miles to pt. 7


Loveless Café, Shops & Barn

Nationally acclaimed and frequented by celebrities, the café serves up award-winning country ham, Southern-fried chicken, and Nashville’s favorite scratch biscuits and fruit preserves. Check out the collection of unique shops and event venue, the Loveless Barn, featuring its live Americana music show, Music City Roots, every Wednesday night.

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8400 Highway 100 Nashville, TN 37221


Exit R onto TN-100. Go 1 mile to pt.8.


Natchez Trace Parkway

Your travel on the Trace officially begins here in Pasquo, the location of the northern terminus of the Natchez Trace Parkway. The community was originally settled in the late 1700s by a group from Pasquotank County, North Carolina, who named it after their previous home.

Note: The Trace is motorcoach accessible, unless noted. A permit is required for commercial vehicles; contact the Parkway Visitor Center in Tupelo, Mississippi, at 800-305-7417.

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Natchez Trace Parkway Nashville, TN 37221

(800) 305-7417

Continue SW on TN-100 to enter Natchez Trace Pkwy.

More About: Fueling Up

You won’t find gas stations on the Natchez Trace Parkway. There is a station between the Loveless Café and the Trace’s northern terminus. Fill your tank here, or find fuel just off the Parkway on any of the six loops described in this brochure.


Birdsong Hollow

From here, catch a view of the Double Arch Bridge rising above the valley below. This 1,648-foot-long structure won the Presidential Award for Design Excellence, and its image is synonymous with the Trace in Tennessee. Whether you take the short walking path or park at the Hwy. 96 exit, bring your camera for spectacular shots.

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Natchez Trace Parkway milepost 438 Franklin, TN 37190

(615) 563-8132

More About: Natchez Trace Parkway

The Natchez Trace Parkway stretches 444 miles from Nashville to Natchez, Mississippi. It follows and connects a series of ancient trails used by animals and people as they traveled through this area to find food, to hunt, to travel from place to place, to settle in a new territory, to march to battle and to create communities. Today, the many short hiking trails are some of the best examples of what it must have been like to travel on the Old Trace. The phrase “the journey is the destination” certainly applies to today’s Parkway. Protected and preserved by the National Park Service, the landscape along the Trace is unspoiled by modern development. You won’t find any billboards, travel plazas or businesses as you drive along the Trace itself — just natural beauty, fresh air, and a few friendly and historical markers along the way. The only homes you’ll find along the Trace belong to wildlife, and the 50 mph speed limit allows plenty of time to take in the stunning scenery along your journey. Though the Trace is beautiful year-round, autumn is a spectacular time to experience the brilliant foliage of the hickory, maple and oak hardwood forests. Regardless of your interests, there are plenty of opportunities to experience the history and beauty of the Parkway. There are more than a dozen campgrounds along the Tennessee portion of the Natchez Trace Parkway corridor and many opportunities for hiking, biking and horseback riding at trailheads right on the Trace — it’s as easy as parking your car and stepping into this enchanting piece of Tennessee. National Scenic Byways and All American Roads are designated as such based on their archaeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational, and scenic qualities. There are 151 such designated byways in 46 states, and five of them are located in the state of Tennessee. The Natchez Trace Parkway is both an All American Road and a National Scenic Byway. All American Roads are the very best of the National Scenic Byways, meeting the same criteria but possessing multiple intrinsic qualities of national significance. To be considered an All American Road, the byway must be considered a destination and a reason for travel on its own. The Natchez Trace Parkway certainly is.

Off Trace: Loop 1

Franklin, Leiper’'s Fork, and the Boston, Bethel and Fly communities.

Leave the Natchez Trace here, and venture into picturesque rolling hills and farmland, where you'’ll experience a quaint village, a delightful town square and lessons in Civil War history. 

Exit at milepost 438 to Hwy 96 – Franklin Historic District. Loop is approx. 67 miles.

Natchez Trace Parkway Nashville, TN


Garrison Creek

In the late 1700s, a garrison here protected Nashville from Native American attacks. The fort was used again as Army headquarters during construction of the federal road to Natchez in 1801. Today, it’s a popular trailhead. Public restrooms available.

Natchez Trace Parkway milepost 427.6 Franklin, TN 37064


War of 1812 Memorial / Old Trace

The U.S. Army cleared this section of the “Natchez Road” in 1801 to be used as a postal route.

Natchez Trace Parkway Milepost 426.3 Franklin, TN 37064


Tennessee Valley Divide

When Tennessee joined the Union in 1796, this watershed was the boundary between the United States to the north and the Chickasaw Nation to the south. Streams on the north flow to the Cumberland River; streams to the south flow to the Duck River.

Natchez Trace Parkway milepost 423.9 Nashville, TN

Off Trace: Loop 2

Santa Fe, Columbia, Mount Pleasant and Hampshire

Take this loop through Tennessee’s phosphate country to see impressive Antebellum homes, tour the home of a U.S. President and sample wines made right here along the route.

Exit at milepost 415.6 to Hwy 7E. Loop is approx. 62 miles.

Natchez Trace Parkway Santa Fe, TN

Off Trace: Loop 3

Centerville, Grinder's Switch and Hickman County

Take this loop to discover a winery and some of the state’s country music heritage.

Loop 3 Exit at milepost 415.6 to Hwy 7W. Loop is approx. 27 miles.

Natchez Trace Parkway Centerville, TN


Water Valley Overlook

Stop and take in this "“bird’'s eye"” view of the countryside and see it much as it was when the first settlers entered the area. The Water Valley community gets its name from the devastating flood of 1874, when Leiper's Creek swelled over its banks and caused widespread damage. Water Valley is one of Maury County'’s early settlements, and the earliest marked grave (Sarah Fly, 1808) in the county lies just north of here.

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Natchez Trace Parkway milepost 411.8 Williamsport, TN


Gordon House

Early Trace travelers paid Captain John Gordon to ride his ferry across the Duck River and for lodging at his 1817 home, preserved today by the National Park Service. Gordon was Nashville’'s first postmaster and fought under Andrew Jackson in early battles for the Southern Territory. Public restrooms available.

Natchez Trace Parkway milepost 407.7 Williamsport, TN


Baker Bluff Overlook

Learn about area conservation and farming while enjoying the beautiful views of a family farm. The Jackson Falls trail may be accessed from here to the next mile marker.

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Natchez Trace Parkway milepost 405.1 Centerville, TN 37033


Jackson Falls

The short (900 feet) but steep, paved trail takes visitors to a clear pool at the base of the falls, making it one of the most popular walks along the Parkway. Be sure to bring your camera along to this beautiful site. There are picnic tables at the trailhead, as well as a short trail (0.25 mile) to Baker Bluff Overlook with a viewpoint 30 stories above the Duck River. Public restrooms available.

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Natchez Trace Parkway milepost 404.7 Centerville, TN 37033

More About: Jackson Falls

Jackson Falls is named for Andrew Jackson, Tennessee’s first U.S. President.

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This is Nashville’s Trace: a road trip through charming Tennessee towns linked together by the UNSPOILED BEAUTY and stories of the Natchez Trace Parkway and National Scenic Byway. Experience the Trace as its own scenic destination, or take any or all of the six off-Trace loops provided in this guide.

The trail starts in Nashville with the backstage tales of Music City and the HONKY TONKS that brought the music of Middle Tennessee from the front porch to center stage. Along the trail, you’ll connect with Tennessee’s musical heritage when you visit the hometown of Grand Ole Opry comedienne Minnie Pearl, take in a live radio broadcast, and see the birthplace of Southern gospel music.

You’ll soon find yourself deep in AMERICAN HISTORY. See where David Crockett began his career of service, walk in the footsteps of U.S. Presidents Andrew Jackson and James K. Polk, and investigate the mysterious death of explorer Meriwether Lewis. See what life was like for plantation owners and slaves in the 1800s, and stand on sites where the Civil War left bullet holes and battle scars you can still see today.

If your heart is in the GreAT oUTdoorS, the Trace offers hiking trails for all skill levels, as well as biking, horseback riding and camping. The rivers in this area are some of the most biologically diverse in the world. You’ll encounter several WINERIES. The soil and climate here are great for vineyards.

However you choose to explore, you can’t help but soak up our music, our heritage, and our SOUTHERN RURAL SPIRIT in every town square and country store along Nashville’s Trace.