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Top Outdoor Fall Activities in Cheatham County, TN

Cheatham County is known for its beautiful, natural settings, and fall is a great time to enjoy the bounty. We've put together some ideas for you!

1. Hike on the Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail

Bicentennial Trail near Nashville in Ashland City, TN
Walk, hike or bike the Cumberland River Bicentennial Trial

Enjoy eight miles of natural beauty only 20 minutes from Nashville. The Bicentennial Trial in Ashland City has become a family hiking and biking destination for all seasons.

The trail is located within a lush forest that showcases unique plants and wildflowers and hosts 60,000 visitors per year. Follow the historic railroad track route with creeks, trestles and bridges along the Cumberland River. The trail is a gem for photographers, pet walkers, joggers, bird watchers, bikers and hikers.

The trail is open seven days a week until dusk. Amenities include picnic tables, benches restrooms and a parking area.

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If you’d like more outdoor options, the trail is adjacent to the Sycamore Harbor launch, which includes a park, playground and picnic facilities.

2. Fish at Cheatham Lake / Cheatham Lock and Dam

Cheatham Lake in Cheatham County, TN
Cheatham Lake - 20 Minutes from Nashville

Cheatham Lake is located just a few minutes from downtown Ashland City, TN and offers great fishing for fishing enthusiasts of all ages. Largemouth bass, white bass, sauger, panfish, bream and crappie are plentiful, and the views are gorgeous. The US Army Corp of Engineers manages the lake and Cheatham Lock and Dam.

3. Visit Harpeth River State Park / Indian Mounds - Kingston Springs

Mound Bottom - Kingston Springs, TN
Prehistoric Native American Mound Bottom in Cheatham County, TN

A prehistoric Native American site called Mound Bottom is located in Cheatham County (minutes from Nashville) on a bend of the Harpeth River. The Mound Bottom is a flat piece of earth that includes burial mounds and 7 acres of land where Native America Indians hunted, fished and lived along the river between approximately 1000 and 1300 AD.

The site is located on the outskirts of Kingston Springs, TN, and is managed by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. Visitors must be accompanied by park rangers or the Tennessee Division of Archeology. Tours are held through Tennessee State Parks.

4. Don’t forget Music on Main!

Music on Main - Ashland City, TN
Music on Main Fall Event - Ashland City, TN

Each fall the town of Ashland City hosts Music on Main. On Saturday, October 12, 2019, visitors can walk the main thoroughfare on the courthouse square that will be dotted with vendors of all types. Food trucks will also line the streets and a large stage will present musical entertainment. Read more.

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