Williamson County has a little slice of leisure called “Leiper’s Fork” where time has somehow stood still in this ever-changing age of instagram likes and viral videos. It’s a town where you can grab a homemade meat and three, your weekly groceries and also hear some of the best guitar pickers in Tennessee- all in the same building. You may have heard about this area when researching the historical Natchez Trace Parkway, it serves as a perfect stop for travelers who enjoy the parkway’s winding roads, waterfalls and bluff overlooks. If you’ve never thought about visiting this little gem, we encourage you to make some time, make a stop or admire from afar (if that’s your only option). Locals call it ‘The Fork’ and it holds a spot in every travelers’ heart who finds themselves stopping in on their way through.
A few places you should check out when you visit –
Leiper’s Fork Distillery: If you enjoy premium crafted spirits, this has to go on your bucket list. Priding themselves on quality local ingredients, limestone filtered water and a lot of passion, Leiper’s Fork Distillery crafts some of the finest whiskey in Tennessee (and that’s saying something). With Jack Daniels just down the road, the village of Leiper’s Fork gets a wide array of visitors who enjoy a stiff drink.
The OG Puckett’s Grocery: Pucketts is a staple in the community of Leiper’s Fork. You can stop in and grab groceries, you can drink a local beer on tap or try some of their mouth watering fried chicken, but most importantly you can sit and listen to some amazing music off the beaten path from Nashville. The musicians who find their way down to The Fork are skilled and ready for an impromptu jam on stage in front of locals and tourists alike. You won’t regret stopping in for a bite or even enjoying the sun on their front terrace. Pucketts has since built locations in Nashville, Franklin, Murfreesboro & Chattanooga, but Leiper’s Fork will always be the OG.
Antique Shops: If you are on the market for some antique country-chic barnwood decor, you will be in vintage heaven when you visit. There are a variety of stores on the main strip that are well worth the stop. Along with the vintage fun finds you can also grab some local pickled veggies, artisan jewelry and vinyl records. We love Serenite Maison, Pick-it Fence and Finds in the Fork, but we guarantee you can find something unique and fun anywhere you choose to shop!
Natchez Trace Parkway: It’s no wonder people travel from near and far to ride on the historical winding roads of The Natchez Trace Parkway. Cyclists, hikers and locals all love the boundless adventures that lie in wait for the next wanderer to stumble onto. What’s so warm and inviting about this 444 mile track is the true variety it holds for all skill levels. If you have never hiked a day in your life, you can probably still do the ¾ mile one way walk down to Jackson Falls – and if you’re up for more of a challenge check out the Garrison Creek Trail! We can’t talk about this Parkway without mentioning the perfect scenic views you can get just from sitting in your car, windows down with your favorite playlist as a soundtrack to your trip.
Get a selfie with the General Lee: Ya’ll. If you’ve ever seen ‘Dukes of Hazard’ you will recognize the cars that greet you as you drive into the quaint town of Leiper’s Fork. The General Lee & Sheriff’s car replicas are parked right beside a “Welcome to Leiper’s Fork” sign that gives you a rundown on why this place is so special. One year, Bo Duke himself (John Schneider) stopped in and took pictures with people driving through!
Lawnchair Theatre: This is by far one of the most charming things about Leiper’s Fork. The Lawnchair Theatre is an outdoor stage that shows free movies in the summertime. Bring your lawnchair, bring your dog and enjoy some free entertainment under the stars! It’s located behind the Leiper’s Fork Art Gallery, so try and get there early to check out the local art before showtime.
Art Galleries: Speaking of local art, you’ll realize after being there for 5 minutes that this little town is full of creativity and all the positive vibes. You literally can’t walk down the main street without having an art gallery in view. We recommend David Arms Gallery where you can walk in and feel like you’re greeted by friends (possibly David Arms himself). The gallery has reasonably priced gifts that would be perfect for that friend that’s so hard to buy for.
Leiper’s Fork Farmers Market: Every fourth Thursday of each month (May – Oct), Leiper’s Fork holds a Farmer’s Market filled with festivities and delicious farm fresh finds. Music plays a big part in this community, so it’s no surprise that they have musicians setting up and creating the perfect musical atmosphere to shop in! It’s a great event to support local artists, farmers & the community overall!