Camping Gems | Franklin, Brentwood and Leipers Fork

Day Trips Close to Nashville, TN

Civil war driving tour, Plantations, Natchez Trace scenic drive and more

Located in Central Tennessee just outside of Nashville, the three communities of Franklin, Brentwood and Leipers Fork make an excellent destination for Tennessee vacation. All part of Williams County, each of these communities has something unique and interesting to offer visitors. Each community as its own rich history, and each has its own interesting destinations and attractions.This region is a true camping gem.

A mere 13 miles from Nashville, Brentwood is a beautiful suburban destination. Visitors can enjoy shopping, relaxing and more. The community also has fascinating historic sites, as well as excellent options for recreation.

Crocket Park in Brentwood is a great destination for some recreation and even has a historical site. This park features the historic Cool Springs House, plenty of open fields and more. Primm Park is another recreational and historic point of interest. Visitors to Primm Park will see the Boiling Spring Academy, a private school originally opened in the early 1830s. Primm Park is also the location of several mounds, built by prehistoric Native Americans that lived in the region. Visitors to this park have the opportunity to learn about the prehistoric cultures of the region as well as the more recent history of the community at the historic sites in Primm Park.

This community, although a bit farther from Nashville also has plenty of destinations to attract visitors. Franklin is an important spot in the history of the Civil War. The Battle of Franklin was fought in this town and there are several historic sites where visitors can learn about the Battle of Franklin and its role in the Civil War.

The Carter House in Franklin was a key spot in the Battle of Franklin during the Civil War. Built in 1830, this historic home is open for tours. Visitors can take guided tours of the house and grounds, as well as see a video and explore the museum. Visitors can also take the self-guided Civil War Driving Tour. This tour takes drivers to points of significance during the Civil War located throughout the scenic region. This driving tour is not only a great way to find some historic sites, but it is also a great way to see the beautiful scenery in the region.

Another interesting Civil War destination is the Historic Carnton Plantation. Visitors will find a   great example of one of Nashville’s old mansions at this destination. Carnton Plantation became a field hospital in 1864, during the Civil War, and today visitors can see the confederate cemetery on-site.

A bit out of town from Franklin, Bowie Park and Nature Center is a great destination to enjoy some recreation. The park has plenty of natural areas including a beautiful forest. Visitors to the park can enjoy all sorts of recreation, including hiking, biking and more. Deerwood Arboretum & Nature Center is another place to enjoy recreating in the regions natural setting. The Arboretum is a 27-acre park with native trees, birds, and more. Recreational enthusiasts can also enjoy hiking or biking on the mile long trail within the Deerwood Arboretum & Nature Center.

Leipers Fork
This community is a great rural community just outside of Nashville. It is also a historic town along the Natchez Trace Parkway. Whether you are visiting from Nashville or traveling along the Natchez Trace, Leipers Fork is a fantastic destination. Visitors to Leipers Fork can enjoy the rural atmosphere of the town, while also enjoying learning about the history of the region and seeing some of the few remaining historic homes once common to Williams County.

The Natchez Trace played an important role in the development of Leipers Fork. Today, visitors will find that Leipers Fork is a great destination on the Tennessee portion of the Natchez Trace Parkway. Natchez Trace was, for thousands of years, an important route used by American Indians and later by settlers. Now, the historic trail is a 444-mile parkway through multiple states. Travelers along the parkway can visit many historic sites and enjoy all sorts of recreation including camping, hiking, biking and more.