•Morning: Enjoy one of Cumberland Caverns' many daily walking tours or adventure tours. As Tennessee's largest show cave, you will see many beautiful formations and gleaming pools along the trail.
•Lunch: Stop by Collins River BBQ for mouthwatering BBQ and southern-style sides with vegetarian options.
•Afternoon: Float the beautiful Barren Fork downtown to Collins River (approx. 5 hours) on one of Smooth Rapids variety of kayaks or canoes for rent.
•Then head to Rock Island State Park, an 883 acre park full of scenic hiking trails, waterfalls, and swimming holes.
•Dinner: Just down the road is the Foglight Foodhouse where you can find an eclectic menu with Cajun and American classics prepared with elegance and served in a laid-back atmosphere overlooking the Caney Fork River in Walling, TN.
•Evening: Lodge in the nearby cabins at the Park or the new rustic cabins at Happy Yaker.
•Morning: Paddleboard or kayak the Caney with one of The Happy Yaker's options. •Lunch: Head just across the river to have a laid back lunch on the riverside at Cotten's Marina and pick up some groceries for your next adventure.
•Afternoon: Head over to ArborTrek's Zipstream Fall Creek Falls for 'One of the 10 Best Zipline Courses in the USA'-2014, USA Today.
•Evening: Lodge at one of the cabins in the park or the Inn at Fall Creek Falls and enjoy a meal in their restaurant on site.
Health & Wellness
•Morning: Begin your day with a great stretch by enjoying a class at OM Yoga in downtown McMinnville. Refresh yourself afterward with a fresh juice at Juicy's Wellness Café.
•Soothe your soul by arranging a float down the peaceful Barren Fork from Pepper Branch Park near downtown to Smooth Rapids.
•Lunch: Enjoy views of the Barren Fork and the great company at Smooth Rapids Outfitters
•Afternoon: Take a short drive up to Isha Institute of Inner Sciences on Harrison Ferry mountain. This retreat is home to the largest meditation hall in the Western hemisphere and Adi Yoga: The Abode of Yoga which houses a 21 ft statue of the original yogi enjoy a peaceful, scenic hike to see the four waterfalls and then over to the bluffs for breathtaking views of our peaks and valleys.
•Evening: Enjoy your stay in the rustic cabins at Stonewood Bluff & Amphitheater.
•Morning: Visit our bustling Farmer's Market in downtown McMinnville. This market gets better every year with a variety of vegetables, fruits, farm fresh eggs, meats, fresh juice, homemade baked goods, and even gelato and Amish doughnuts!
•Bike to Riverfront Park to feed the ducks and take a stroll down our paved Greenway or head to Sallys' Alley to hike or trail run the new River Trail East of the Greenway covered in woodchips that winds along the Barren Fork river.
•Lunch: Stop back by Juicys Wellness Café for their fresh vegetarian lunches with some vegan options that are always delicious!
•Afternoon: Yellowbird Farms- Take a tour of a local, sustainable farm specializing in lamb and see for yourself how sustainable practices support health for everyone.
Arts & History
•Morning: Awake at the Falcon Manor B&B guest suites located on the grounds of the historic 10,000 square foot Falcon Rest Mansion & Gardens, 'Tennessee's Biltmore', and take a guided tour of the mansion and grounds, or book your stay to include an entertaining vaudeville-style history-based show complete with meals along your tour.
•Afternoon: Stop by the Heritage Alliance Center in historic downtown McMinnville to learn more about our history with the Civil War and American Indian displays.
•Then, catch a show at the Park Theater just down the street. This is newly renovated to stay true to the original art deco-style theater from the 1930s that now houses plays, movies, and music!
•Dinner/evening: Stroll down the street to Collins River BBQ for mouthwatering BBQ and southern-style sides with vegetarian options. Stick around for music on Saturday nights that often feature our local musicians and singer-songwriters! Enjoy an evening at the recently renovated McMinnville Tree City Inn just down the street from downtown.
•Morning: Stroll down Main Street in downtown McMinnville to read the many markers we have around the park to learn about our Hebe statue and her restoration...and sit near the fountain to enjoy our scenic downtown. Visit our bustling Farmers Market with a variety of local produce, farm meats, eggs, soaps, and even Amish doughnuts and gelato!
•Lunch: Stop in at Topz Frozen Yogurt and Metro Deli to enjoy their expanding menu items including soups, salads, sandwiches, frozen yogurt with all the toppings! You must try the Cumberland; the perfect mix of tea and lemonade.
•Afternoon: Make sure to plan your trip to catch a Bluegrass Underground show inside Cumberland Caverns, one of Business Insider Indonesia's '15 incredible concert venues around the world!' The winner of nine Emmys, this PBS show makes history every year with expansion into music beyond Bluegrass. Make sure to reserve your tickets early and be one of the fortunate to experience this bucket-list venue with unbelievable views and sound.
Musky Fishing in the South?!? Yes, our river system and reserviors have plentiful musky who benefit from a long growing season. Discover McMinnville, the Home of Southern Musky.
Blessed with over one hundred and fifty miles of musky waters in the immediate area, McMinnville/Warren County, Tennessee is the Southernmost trophy musky river in the United States. Our local rivers are born as whitewater streams high in the mountains of the Cumberland Plateau and grow as they fall in elevation until they create free flowing limestone rivers that offer miles of deep pools separated by shallower runs. All of our major tributary rivers, the Collins, Barren Fork, Rocky and Calfkiller flow into the Caney Fork River near Rock Island State Park to create both Great Falls Reservoir and the deep and sprawling Center Hill Lake immediately downstream. Prime musky waters include the upper one third of Center Hill Lake all the way to the wadable sources of each of the tributary rivers. This creates a unique opportunity for anglers fishing from every imaginable type of vessel from full on tournament deep V hulls to drift boats, jet boats and even kayaks to find miles of water that are tailor made for their type of fishing.
Musky are native to our rivers. After a steep decline in numbers during the first half of the 20th century, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency began an intensive, decades long, stocking program to bolster numbers and supplement natural reproduction. Today our rivers feature healthy stocks of fish in all age classes and catches of over fifty inches are reported several times each season.
Each May, McMinnville/Warren County is the home to Hardly, Strictly Musky, the oldest and largest musky fly fishing tournament in North America and was the site of the original Musky Fly Fishing World Championships.
With no ice over, ours is a true year round fishery. In fact, January and February can be some of our best months. The spawn can happen anytime between late February and early April creating slower fishing.
•Upper Collins River – Meyers Cove Ramp. Hwy 56 towards Beersheba then left on Meyers Cover Road.
•Middle Collins River and Barren Fork – VFW Ramp. Hwy 70s East of McMinnville @ City Limits.
•Great Falls Reservoir, Lower Collins, Main Caney and Rocky Rivers – Cotten’s Marina. Hwy 70 s to Rock Island Rd (old Hwy 70). Approx 3 miles at Caney Fork River Bridge.
•Upper Caney Fork, Lower Calfkiller River – Hwy 111 / Plumley Ford Ramp. Hwy 111 East of Sparta at White / Van Buren County line.
•Upper Center Hill Reservoir – Warren County Park Ramp. Three miles past the main entrance to Rock Island State Park. Warren County Park Road on right. Dead ends at ramp.
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