Tennessee's Backroads Heritage
A Southern Middle Tennessee Journey
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Welcome to
Tennessee’s Backroads
Walking Horse with American Flag Welcome to Southern Middle Tennessee and the Tennessee’s Backroads Heritage area. This guide covers seven counties in Southern Middle Tennessee just a short distance south of Nashville or west of Chattanooga. Throughout the guide, you will discover historical and cultural sites, scenic areas, hiking and outdoor recreation, aviation history, artisans, lodging and camping, great restaurants and agricultural sites that showcase farmers markets, equine sites and festivals that will entice you to enjoy a slower pace and experience "off the interstate" travel.

This area is proud to boast having some of the most well-known festivals in the country such as the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, the largest music festival in the United States, RC Cola and Moon Pie, recognizing two of the great icons in food and drink, and the Jack Daniel’s Invitational BBQ Cookoff in famous Lynchburg. And, there are also unusual festivals like the Goats, Music and More festival in Lewisburg which features "fainting goats" and a culinary festival showcasing the famous "Slawburger" that is widely served in the Fayetteville area. There is never a lack of an area festival, music concert or special event in the area.

flower For the train history enthusiasts, many communities enjoy the sound of “train whistles” that trail throughout the small towns such as Bell Buckle, Wartrace, and Tullahoma. Civil War history also weaves its stories throughout the various communities with a self-driving tour featuring kiosks that chronicle the 1863 Civil War struggle for Middle Tennessee known as "The Tullahoma Campaign."

Beginning as a non-profit organization in the early 1990s as a pilot project under the National Trust for Historic Preservation, this area has some of the best attractions and festivals as well as outdoor recreation in the state. Traveling throughout the backroads showcases quality attractions and allows travelers to truly experience traveling at a slower pace and not be in such a hurry. You are encouraged to explore the major distilleries, historical attractions, state parks, down home restaurants and enjoy the culture of the area.

The Backroads area truly has "the best of the best" that Tennessee has to offer. Many of the Backroads tourists come as a visitor and return for a lifetime! We welcome you for a visit and witness true Southern Hospitality and see why our motto is "For Memories That Last a Lifetime." We promise your first visit will not be your last!
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Tennessee's Backroads Heritage
Map Coverage Area


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MILEAGE CHART
Estimated Distance to Tullahoma, TN*
Atlanta, GA ................ 196
Athens, TN ................. 140
Birmingham, AL ......... 170
Bowling Green, KY...... 139
Camden, TN................ 175
Chattanooga, TN.........   81
Christiana, TN.............   81
Cincinnati, OH............. 357
Clarksville, TN............. 127
Cleveland, TN............. 110
Cookeville, TN ............   81
Decatur, AL ................   82
Dickson, TN ................ 101
Florence, AL................ 122
Gadsden, AL............... 148
Huntsville, AL..............   59
Jackson, TN ............... 205
Knoxville, TN ............. 191
Lexington, KY ............ 288
Louisville, KY ............. 249
Memphis, TN ............. 288
Murfreesboro, TN ......   43
Nashville, TN .............   77
Owensboro, KY ......... 209
Paducah, KY ............. 210
Pulaski, TN ...............   58
Rome, GA ................. 154
St. Louis, MO ............ 383
Tupelo, MS ............... 206
Tuscaloosa, AL ........ 225
* Mid-Point to Tennessee's Backroads Area
POINT TO POINT MILEAGE
Cities In Tennessee's Backroads Area*
Beechgrove.............. 27
Bell Buckle............... 28
Belvidere.................. 21
Chapel Hill............... 37
Decherd................... 14
Estill Springs............  8
Farmington.............. 33
Fayetteville.............. 28
Kelso....................... 30
Lewisburg................ 40
Lynchburg............... 13
Manchester............. 12
Monteagle............... 36
Normandy................  7
Sewanee................. 27
Shelbyville.............. 18
Tracy City............... 43
Wartrace................ 20
Winchester............ 15
*Mid-Point Tullahoma