Ring of Fire Trail - Nashville Ghost Stories and Music Legends

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This is your ticket to the Ring of Fire Trail, a drive stretching from Nashville across the gorgeous Cumberland Plateau and back again.

Discover some of Middle Tennessee’s most beautiful scenery as you roll through the hills and farms in the heart of the region. Fall in love with Dale Hollow Lake, one of America’s favorite lakes and home of the world’s record small mouth bass; gaze out from high above the breathtaking Cordell Hull Dam; encounter the quiet power of the Cumberland River.

Along the way, you’ll stop in unique, off-the-beaten-path communities. Stay in hotels where Victorian-era vacationers once came to “take a cure” at Red Boiling Springs; taste the best of summer at Portland’s Strawberry Festival; visit charming little towns like Cross Plains, where the local drug store is still the best place to get a cheeseburger.

This route explores the territory where early settlers arrived on Avery’s Trace and Walton Road, with forts and homes dating back to the 1700s. It’s also the territory claimed by some of country music royalty; start your trip with a walk at Fontanel, just outside the hum of Music City.

The stories out here are as rich as the sweet smoke billowing from the tobacco-curing barns in the early fall. From settlers and Civil War soldiers to the Bell Witch and underwater ghost towns, the spirit of the Ring of Fire Trail will deliver an unforgettable Tennessee experience.