Signs for The Jack trail are now directing visitors and local curious travelers along one of the state’s important tourism routes. The brown signs, recently installed by TDOT along the 350-mile, self-guided driving trail, help guests explore Middle Tennessee — including Lynchburg and the Jack Daniel’s Distillery.
Travelers are encouraged to find their “sweet spot” within the stories, legends and sights along the way.
The Jack trail has 123 stops within Nashville, Davidson County, Murfreesboro, Bell Buckle, Wartrace and several other counties brimming with history, music, horses and whiskey making. The trail is part of the 16 Discover Tennessee Trails & Byways, an initiative by the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, connecting Tennessee’s 95 counties to encourage guests to travel “off the beaten path” and explore treasures of the state.
Guests can begin their adventure in downtown Nashville which is brimming with history, like Union Station, a Wyndham Historic Hotel, which was built in the 1900s and was a key center in America’s economy and culture. Have dinner at Prime 108 or a beverage in one of the coolest lounges in the city.
Tour a telephone operator’s house, doctor’s office, schoolhouse and gristmill dating between 1830 and 1930 at Cannonsburgh Village, the site for the International FolkFest & Car Show in June and the Uncle Dave Macon Days old-time music and dance festival in July.
Travel through towns like Woodbury; Manchester, home to the internationally-known music festival Bonnaroo; Tullahoma and many more.
Distilleries, breweries and wineries are sprinkled throughout the trail, giving guests a taste of Tennessee spirits. Short Mountain Distillery, Yazoo Brewery, Bears Creek Winery & Gift Shop, George Dickel Distillery, world-famous Jack Daniel Distillery, Prichard’s Distillery, Pickers Creek Winery, and country artist Kix Brooks’ Arrington Vineyards are all waiting to be explored.
In addition to the well-marked trail route, travelers can also access information via TDTD’s comprehensive trail website at <www.TnTrailsandByways.com> and with trail brochures available at all Tennessee Welcome Centers.