Nashville's Trace Trail Backstage to Backroads

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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.