I'm so ready for fall y'all. It's still upwards of 90 degrees in Nashville, but my soul is ready for pumpkin spice, cool breezes, and all of the falling leaves. It could be because I'm from the Midwest, but I've never seen a prettier place in the fall than Nashville, Tennessee.
One of the most common DM's I get on Instagram is someone asking me from recommendations of things to do in Nashville, so I thought I'd share some of the things I'm planning on doing this fall. Whether you live here or are visiting, I hope these ideas inspire you to get out, explore the city, drink all the pumpkin things, and take all the pictures, obviously.
1. Take a hike around Natchez Trace State Park
The view from the Natchez Trace Bridge is undoubtedly one of the best views of the Tennessee Hills in the fall. Natchez Trace State Park's hiking trails range from one-half mile up to 4.5 miles, and a 40 mile overnight trail, and they have camping if you're really feeling adventurous. Check out their website for more information on the trails, and other activities they have available.
2. Pick out pumpkins at 12 South's Nashville Pumpkin Company
This is easily the cutest pumpkin patch in town, surrounded by some of the best shops, brunch spots, and sweet treats, making it the perfect place to spend a day just walking around. Nashville Pumpkin Company also has a pop-up at Hillsboro High School. For addresses and more info, visit their website.
3. Take a day trip to Ozone Falls
This is one I have yet to do, but I'm planning a trip this year. The photos of this waterfall outside of Nashville are absolutely breathtaking. It's about a two-hour drive from the city, so you'll have to make a day trip out of it.
4. Go hiking at Radnor Lake
Can you tell I really love fall hikes? Radnor is my favorite spot for a "chill" hike. It's perfect for walking, drinking a coffee, and catching up with a friend. I always see wildlife here, and your can bring your pup if you stay on the paved parts.
5. Go for a sunset picnic at Arrington Vineyard
Sunsets and picnics are my love language, and I find any excuse to get my boo, my friends, my family, to go for a sunset picnic with me at Arrington. You can bring your own food, and grab a flight of wine before watching the sunset over the hills. They also have live music on some nights, so check out their calendar for specific dates and times.
6. Spend a Saturday morning at the Farmer's Market
If you follow me on Instagram, you already know I'm obsessed with the Farmer's Market. Not only are there so many fun, local booths to shop, it's so rewarding being able to support a local family and know exactly where your food is coming from.
7. Go explore Cheekwood Botanical Gardens
Beer. Pumpkins. Scarecrows. A PUMPKIN HOUSE. Need I say more? Check out their calendar for more information about all their fall events.
8. Go see a concert at The Caverns
This is another one that I haven't done yet, but it's on my list for this year because, well, it's a concert in a cave and that's pretty dope. They have a lot of Bluegrass shows coming up, which isn't totally my thing, but I'm hoping to make it out to the Dawes show in October. Check out their calendar here.
9. Eat and drink all the things at Oktoberfest
If you're looking for a fun, free, thing to do in October, this is it. From October 10-13th, Oktoberfest will be taking over the streets of Germantown, and will include "delicious German foods from dozens of restaurants & vendors, world-class beer from local breweries, tons of events, Arts & Crafts vendors, stages of live German music, the Dachshund Derby, an enormous parade through downtown, and the 2nd largest 5K Race & Run in Tennessee – plus so much more!" Check out their website for more information.
10. Go explore Mammoth Cave
I haven't been to Mammoth Cave in years, but I'm excited to try to make it back this year. Mammoth Cave is the
longest cave system on Earth, and features the richest known habitat for cave wildlife in the world. It's a little over an hour drive from Nashville, so it's perfect for a day trip. You can hike, explore the caves, zip-line, and more! Learn more here.
11. Boo at the Zoo
Anyone who tells you you're too old to go look at cute animals, go on a hayride, and play carnival games is not your friend. Boo at the Zoo is a happening the last three weekends of October at Nashville's Zoo and will feature carnival games, bounce houses, dance parties, a corn pit, a hayride, and more. Find more information here.
12. Go on a hayride at Gentry Farms
Gentry Farms is all the best fall things in one place: hayrides, pumpkin patches, apple cider, a petting zoo, and more! It's a bit of a hike from downtown Nashville, but totally worth checking out. It isn't far from Natchez Trace, so you could make a day out of hitting both spots. Gentry Farms is open until October 29th. For hours and more, click here.
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