COLUMBIA TO SPRING HILL BICYCLE DAY TOUR
46.3-miles bicycle route::
Civil War history to genuine southern cooking to Presidential homes on a 2-day tour full of delightful and interesting attractions
COLUMBIA TO SPRING HILL BICYCLE DAY TOUR NARRATIVE
This 46.3-mile bicycle route will guide you from Civil War history to genuine southern cooking to Presidential homes on a 2-day tour full of delightful and interesting attractions. And you'll love the natural scenery along the way!
BEGIN YOUR JOURNEY AT HENRY HORTON STATE PARK
4209 Nashville Hwy in Chapel Hill, TN
Begin your adventure at Henry Horton State Park. This park was constructed in the 1960s on the estate of the former governor of Tennessee, Henry Horton. The park is located on the shores of the historic Duck River, one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. Remnants of a mill and bridge operated and used by the family of Horton’s spouse for over a century may be seen today on the Wilhoite Mill Trail. The park offers several lodging options, including an inn, eight cabins, 56 RV campsites, 10 tent campsites, nine primitive campsites and three backcountry campsites. There are also three group campsites available. The inn features The Governor's Table Restaurant, open seven days a week.
RIDE FROM HENRY HORTON STATE PARK TO MARCY JO'S MEALHOUSE AND BAKERY
(12 miles, about 1 hour)
1. Ride south toward Golf Course Road
2. Turn left onto Golf Course Road
3. Turn left to stay on Golf Course Road
4. Turn left onto US-31 ALT N/Nashville Hwy
5. Turn left onto Caney Springs Road/Old Columbia Road
6. Turn right onto TN-99 W/Sylvester Chunn Hwy
7. Turn right onto Old Hwy 99
8. At the fork, turn left to continue on Old Hwy 99 and continue onto Lunns Store Road
9. Turn left onto Kenny Nelson Road
10. Turn right onto US-431 N, using caution and riding on the shoulder of the road
11. Marcy Jo's Mealhouse and Bakery will be on the right
MARCY JO'S MEALHOUSE AND BAKERY
4209 US-431 in Columbia, TN
This adorable eatery is in a quaint repurposed country store. Fill your tank for the next leg of your journey with a meal of down-home country cooking classics like fried chicken, biscuits and gravy, or delicious homemade meatloaf!
RIDE FROM MARCY JO'S MEALHOUSE AND BAKERY TO PRESIDENT JAMES K. POLK HOME AND MUSEUM
(14 miles, about 1 hour 20 minutes)
1. Ride north on US-431 N, then make a quick left onto TN-99 W/Bear Creek Pike
2. Turn right onto Old Hwy 99
3. Turn right onto TN-99 W/Bear Creek Pike, using caution and riding on the shoulder of the road
Take a load off at Holiday Inn Express or Hampton Inn. Both of these bike-friendly hotels are located just after the I-65 overpass on the right.
4. Turn left into the Advance Auto Parts plaza before the road expands to 4 lanes, follow the parking lot to the back of the building, and turn right at the exit onto Old Bear Creek Pike
5. Turn left onto Riverside Drive
6. Continue onto E 5th Street
7. Turn left onto N High Street
8. The President James K. Polk Home and Museum will be on the right
PRESIDENT JAMES K. POLK HOME AND MUSEUM
301 W 7th Street in Columbia, TN
James K. Polk, the 11th president of the United States, lived in this fine brick house in Columbia, one of the best examples of Federal style architecture in Tennessee, from 1819 until 1824 upon his marriage. Nominated as the first “dark-horse” presidential candidate, his program of westward expansion helped him win the election. During his single term of office, he led the nation through the Mexican War, pushing its boundaries to the Pacific Ocean. He also settled a long-standing dispute with Great Britain about the boundary of Oregon Territory. Guests to the James K. Polk Home and Museum will enjoy a 30-minute docent-guided tour of the main house and a self-guided tour of the Polk Sisters’ House, gardens, kitchen building, and Polk Presidential Hall.
RIDE FROM PRESIDENT JAMES K. POLK HOME AND MUSEUM TO PUCKETT'S COLUMBIA
(0.2 miles, about 2 minutes)
1. Ride north on S High Street toward W 7th Street
2. Turn right onto W 7th Street
3. Turn right onto Public Square
4. Puckett's will be on the right
15 Public Square in Columbia, TN
Puckett’s roots stretch way back to the ‘50s and a little grocery store in the village of Leiper’s Fork, TN. Founded by the Puckett family decades ago, the namesake country store served communities in rural Tennessee for years. It was a place to grab the week’s groceries or a fill a tank of gas — but it was also a gathering spot for many decades. In 2002, the grocery was transformed into a restaurant and music venue. Ever since then, Puckett’s has been focused on providing friends new and old with great food and Southern hospitality. Puckett’s has built a name on hosting live, local musical acts and serving Southern staples — classics like meat-and-three items and their famous slow-smoked BBQ — in a laid-back and down-home atmosphere.
RIDE FROM PUCKETT'S COLUMBIA TO ASGARD BREWING CO.
(0.1 miles, about 1 minute)
1. Ride north on Public Square and continue north on N Main Street
2. Turn right onto E 5th Street
3. Asgard Brewing Co. will be on the right
ASGARD BREWING CO.
104 E 5th Street in Columbia, TN
Asgard Brewery brings the cool, smooth beers of the Icelandic region to the Middle Tennessee area. The Story of Asgard Brewery has been in the making for some time. It all started over ten years ago with the simple notion of opening up a rustic bar that incorporated the beautiful landscapes and natural resources unique to Tennessee. Furthermore, Tennessee’s rich agricultural heritage and its myriad of outdoor activities helped birth the idea of a Viking theme. Much like Tennesseans, Vikings were well known for their practices of farming and artisan crafts. Since Asgard Brewery's recipes planned to use as much local sourcing as possible and their brew house and shop were crafted primarily by local artisans, Asgard also turned into the perfect outlet for members of the local community to experiment and get involved with historical Viking culture.
8 Public Square in Columbia, TN
Start day 2 with a stroll around the Town Square. Located just 45 miles south of Nashville, TN, historic downtown Columbia is in the heart of Maury County. Downtown Columbia is designated as the county seat and includes many government and professional offices, as well as a delightful array of unique retail and dining establishments, and several museum sites, including the ancestral home of the eleventh president of the United States, James K. Polk. The Polk home is located just two blocks from the center of town. Historic downtown Columbia serves as a venue to several exciting events. In April the Annual Mule Day Parade attracts over two hundred thousand spectators from throughout the United States and abroad, and is devoted entirely to the four-legged mule the played a role in the settlement of the community. The Farmers’ Fresh Market is held on the square from June to October and entices customers with locally grown fruits and vegetables, fresh baked goods, and hand-crafted wares. The Southern Fried Festival® takes place in the fall and attracts thousands of people enjoying scrumptious foods and top notch entertainment. The Annual Main Street Christmas Parade ushers in the holiday season with marching bands, lighted floats, and other merry participants.
CHRISTY'S 6TH STREET RESTAURANT & CAFE
109 E 6th Street in Columbia, TN
Christy's 6th Street Restaurant & Cafe is chock full of southern charm and absolutely delicious Tennessee fare. Get ready to feast on a buffet of comfort food, including Christy's famous Cornbread Salad. Stop in for brunch or lunch (they're open from 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday) before riding to the next destination.
RIDE FROM CHRISTY'S 6TH STREET RESTAURANT & CAFE TO RIPPAVILLA PLANTATION
(14 miles, about 1 hour 30 minutes)
1. Ride west on E 6th St toward N Main Street
2. Turn right onto N Main Street
3. Turn right onto E 5th Street
4. Turn left onto Carter Street
5. At 7th Street, turn left to stay on Carter Street
6. At the dead end, turn right toward Theta Pike
7. Turn left onto Theta Pike
8. Turn right onto W Hardin Drive
9. Turn left onto N Laurel Circle
10. At the fork, turn right to stay on N Laurel Circle
11. Turn left onto Carol Drive
12. Turn right onto W Burt Drive
13. Turn right onto Baker Road
14. Turn left onto Sam Johnson Road
15. Turn right onto Double Branch Road
16. Turn left onto Greens Mill Road
17. Turn right onto US-31 N/Nashville Hwy, using caution and riding on the shoulder of the road
18. Rippavilla Plantation will be on the right
5700 Main Street in Spring Hill, TN
Rippavilla Plantation is the stately, 160+ year old home of Nathaniel F. Cheairs IV and Susan McKissack Cheairs which is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Located in the heart of Spring Hill, TN – just minutes from historic Franklin and downtown Nashville "Music City" – Rippavilla Plantation features a stunning and fully restored 1850s Greek Revival styled mansion, complete with original Cheairs family antiques, heirlooms and Civil War artifacts. Rippavilla Plantation is open daily for guided tours, field trips and family outings, and is the venue for many popular events.
RIDE FROM RIPPAVILLA PLANTATION TO OAKLAWN MANSION
(4 miles, about 21 minutes)
1. Exit Rippavilla Plantation and turn left onto US-31 S
2. Turn left onto Denning Lane
3. After about 2.4 miles Oaklawn Mansion will be on the left (look for the information placard and cast iron gates)
3331 Denning Lane in Spring Hill, TN
Oaklawn has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior circa 1835 and it is still alive today. Oaklawn has held the imagination of Civil War buffs and historians for many years. Considered one of the finest in the region, Absalom Thompson built this brick plantation home in 1835. It was also the home of George Jones and Tammy Wynette for a time.
RIDE FROM OAKLAWN MANSION TO THE MOCKINGBIRD RESTAURANT
(2 miles, about 10 minutes)
1. Ride south toward Denning Lane
2. Turn left onto Denning Lane
3. Turn left onto Kedron Road
4. Turn right onto Reserve Blvd.
5. The Mockingbird Restaurant will be on the right
THE MOCKINGBIRD RESTAURANT
3035 Reserve Blvd. in Spring Hill, TN
The Mockingbird Restaurant offers made-from-scratch Southern Cuisine in a casual atmosphere. The Mockingbird is inside of an historic 1850s farmhouse. While there have been several updates over the years, much of the original farmhouse remain such as the Victorian porch posts, the front door, and the brick fireplace. The unique decor is inspired and sourced from Tennessee. The family owned restaurant is named after Tennessee's state bird and serves up a superb menu of southern delicacies.
Rest your head after a long journey at the Hampton Inn. This bike-friendly hotel is located 1 mile north of Rippavilla Plantation on US-31 N/Nashville Hwy.