The 7 Best Places to See Fall Foliage in Tennessee

PARKS - The Best 7 Places to See Fall Foliage in Tennessee

The 7 Best Places to See Fall Foliage in Tennessee

The autumn season is upon us, and now it the perfect time to go and see the beautiful fall foliage across the state. Tennessee is full of state parks and other places to see stunning autumn leaves. Find time this fall to take a tour of the gorgeous nature that our beautiful state has to offer!
PARKS - The Best 7 Places to See Fall Foliage in Tennessee

 

Cade’s Cove

If you’ve ever been to the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area, chances are that you’ve had the opportunity to visit Cade’s Cove. For those who haven’t had the chance to see this National Park during the fall, get in your car and take a day trip with your friends and family. With this 11-mile loop, you’ll see jaw-dropping autumn scenery every step of the way. The National Park Service recommends that you allow a two to four hour trip to this Tennessee location in order to take in all that is available on the grounds! From the scenery along the hiking trail to the smokehouse and corn crib, you’ll want to make time to see it all at Cade’s Cove during the fall season!

 

Cade's Cove in the Tennessee

Image credit: By Billy Hathorn (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Great Smokey Mountains National Park

While Cade’s Cove is part of the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, there is so much more to see throughout the park! Seeing the fall foliage in this particular park is worth a full weekend (or longer) vacation. From touring the insane amount of hiking trails, to learning about the area’s history, you have endless options for some autumn fun in this national park. Be sure to plan your visit to the park ahead of time — the fall colors draw spectators from around the world!

 

See the fall foliage at the Great Smokey Mountain National Park

Chattanooga River Boat Fall Foliage Cruise

Looking for a great little get away this fall? Why not take some friends and family members on the popular Fall Foliage cruise on the Chattanooga River Boat? In addition to seeing the splendid autumn leaves, you’ll sit back and relax during this three hour cruise filled with music, food, and most importantly, fun! You’ll have a great time touring the “Grand Canyon of the South” this fall.

 

Radnor Lake State Park

Located right here in Middle Tennessee, Radnor Lake State Park is the perfect place for a quick fall foliage stroll. From hiking to wildlife spotting, there is tons to do in your neighborhood  1,332-acre state park. Be sure to take advantage of the many hiking trails available, as many of them are perfect for those simply looking for a simple wander through the stunning fall scenery.

 

Since this is a popular destination for folks in Middle Tennessee during the fall season, plan to get there during the early hours to secure a parking spot!

 

Radnor Lake is a great place to see the autumn scenery

Montgomery Bell State Park

Right in Dickson County, you’ll find the jaw-dropping Montgomery Bell State Park. If you’re looking for a fall foliage day trip that’s close to home, you’ve found your answer. With available activities including golfing, hiking, biking, and boating, you’ll find that you have a lot to do at this Tennessee state park. On top of seeing the stunning natural landscape during the fall season, make time to hike along one of the many available trails or bike down the many paths. You won’t regret your decision to see the autumn leaves at Montgomery Bell State Park!

 

See the fall foliage at Montgomery Bell State Park

Fall Creek Falls

Did you know that Fall Creek Falls is Tennessee’s largest state park? It is also the most visited! This state park boasts 26,000 acres of hiking trails, streams, waterfalls, cascades and so much more. Families looking for a weekend long trip will find Fall Creek Falls to be the perfect opportunity. The park offers an inn, campsites, and cabins for visitors to stay and relax in while they browse the beautiful foliage and enjoy all that the sprawling park has to offer.

 

On top of classic activities such as hiking and fishing, park guests have the opportunity to go zip lining, biking, practice a round of golf, and so much more.

 

While you’re at the park, be sure to find time to gaze at the magnificent falls against the fall foliage. You’ll be amazed at how stunning the natural landscape of Tennessee is!

 

Visit Fall Creek Falls during this autumn

Natchez Trace

With over 48,000 acres of hiking trails and wonderful autumn landscapes, Natchez Trace is a popular destination for those looking to take in all that the fall season has to offer. In addition to hiking, biking, and fishing, you can also go horseback riding through the beautiful state park.

 

This historic and legendary Tennessee state park is one not to miss this fall!

 

Look at the autumn leaves at Natchez Trace in Tennessee

 

Tennessee has so much to offer during the fall season. Where do you plan on going to view the autumn leaves and landscapes?

 

 

 

8 Home Maintenance Tasks You Need to Complete in October

8 Home Maintenance Tasks You Need to Complete in October

8 Home Maintenance Tasks You Need to Complete in October

8 Home Maintenance Tasks You Need to Complete in October
As autumn finally arrives in Middle Tennessee, it’s time to start thinking about your home maintenance task list for the month of October. Each month you should be completing one or more of these tasks to ensure the stability and longevity of your Middle Tennessee home. Before November comes along, complete these home maintenance tasks ASAP!

Check Your Heating System

While Middle Tennessee doesn’t experience extremely frigid temperatures often during the fall, we still rely on our heating systems to help us stay cozy during the autumn season. However, if the first chilly night arrives and your heating system conveniently is broken, you and your family will be far from thrilled.

 

Instead, take time out of the month of October to have your HVAC (specifically heating) system inspected and repaired, if necessary, by a professional HVAC technician. Middle Tennessee has plenty of reputable and reliable heating and cooling companies ready to assist you this month!

Seal All Windows

Speaking of heating, you don’t want your precious heat to leak out of your windows and into the great outdoors. Think of the expensive energy bill you will receive in November if you fail to seal your windows in October!

 

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Sealing your windows helps keep all of the heat produced by your HVAC system inside your home where it belongs! There are multiple ways to seal your windows for the fall and winter seasons. Common methods include caulk, window insulation film, and rubber weather sealing.

Inspect Your Roof For Damage

During the fall and winter seasons, leaves, twigs, and other environmental debris land on your roof. Some of this natural debris can cause serious damage to your roof. If left unattended, damage to your roof can become costly and cause more harm to your home. The winter season can bring strong ice storms to our area, which have the potential to cause significant damage to your roof. If you already have a damaged roof and an ice storm comes along, you may be in for more than you can manage!

 

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Take 5 minutes this October to look for visible roofing damage (from the ground) including missing shingles, clear holes, and dents. If you need assistance inspecting your roof, trust one of the many residential roofing experts located around the greater Middle Tennessee area.

Completely Clean Your Gutters

While you’re inspecting your roof, be sure to clear out your gutters. With the leaves continuing to fall, a clogged gutter is a homeowner’s worst nightmare. By having a clear gutter, you allow rain water to properly flow without obstruction. It doesn’t take too long to take leaves, twigs, and other natural elements out of your gutters, so what are you waiting for?

 

Word of advice: when you climb up the ladder to your gutters, make sure you have a friend or family member available to spot you. Safety first at all times!

Clean Deck and/or Patio

During the spring and summer seasons, everyone gathers on the deck or patio for quality time together. From barbecues to late night sunsets, your deck or patio is trafficked quite frequently during these seasons. However, during the fall and winter seasons decks and patios across Middle Tennessee do not see as much foot traffic. With this in mind, you need to clean your deck and/or patio and get it ready for cooler weather.

 

Tasks include thoroughly cleaning the deck/patio floor, emptying potted plants that won’t survive the winter, looking for and completing any necessary repairs, and covering or storing deck and patio furniture including grills.

Seal Your Driveway

During the colder seasons, driveways (especially asphalt driveways) should be repaired and sealed to avoid any cracks or additional damage during the winter. Remember, our area is still affected by snow, ice, sleet, and hail! These natural elements can severely damage a driveway that is not properly sealed.

 

Start by cleaning your driveway and getting rid of any leaves or other debris. Then fill any cracks, holes, or imperfect areas with your choice of driveway filler. After, simply seal/coat your driveway with the product of your choice (or at the recommendation of the professional who installed your driveway).

Close Your Pool

If you haven’t already, get your pool ready for the winter by treating it with the proper chemicals and covering it up. The worst thing for a pool is to not be treated or covered and experience significant damage to the structure and/or lining.

 

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Stock Up On Winter Supplies

While our area does not experience a mass amount of snow, you should still be prepared! Take a day in October to go to your local hardware and garden center and stock up on any winter supplies you may need. From ice scrapers, to shovels, to salt for your driveway and sidewalks, you can never be too prepared for the frigid winter seasons.

 

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Do you plan to complete any additional home maintenance tasks in October?

 

 

 

 

5 Family Friendly Middle Tennessee Halloween Events You Can’t Miss

5 Family Friendly Middle Tennessee Halloween Events You Can’t Miss

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Halloween is known for spooky haunts roaming the streets on the 31st, endless candy, and frightening haunted houses aimed at grown ups. Aside from trick or treating and cute DIY crafts, what is there for small children and those easily frightened to do during the autumn holiday? Middle Tennessee is full of exciting family friendly Halloween events that have just the right amount of “spook” for children of all ages!

Lucky Ladd Farms — Eagleville, Tennessee

Located in scenic Eagleville, Tennessee, Lucky Ladd Farms has everything you’re looking for in a Halloween attraction. First, stop at the pumpkin patch and select the perfect pumpkin for your Halloween carving activities. You’ll find all shapes and sizes of pumpkins at Lucky Ladd Farms! Get your kids excited by asking them to think about what they’d like to carve in their pumpkin.

 

Image credit: Lucky Ladd Farms

Image credit: Lucky Ladd Farms

 

Next, take a trip through the corn maze with the whole family! This year’s corn maze design is “flower power”. Think you can conquer the maze? If you’re up for the challenge, try completing the corn maze after dark with your family and a few flashlights. But don’t worry! No zombies or ghosts are lurking in this corn maze.

 

While at Lucky Ladd Farms, don’t forget to stop by the petting zoo or take a ride on one of their friendly ponies!

 

Booville at Nashville Shores

Every Saturday and Sunday in October, your whole family can head over to Nashville Shores for some family friendly Halloween fun! There’s so much for you and the children to do. Booville boasts attractions and activities including:

 

  • Hay Bale Maze
  • Costume Contest
  • Trick or Treating
  • Monster Mash Dance Party
  • Tennessee’s Tallest Frankenstein
  • Enchanted Woods
  • Arts and Crafts
  • And So Much More

 

This Halloween event occurs every Saturday and Sunday during the month of October from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

 

Boo at the Zoo — Nashville Zoo at Grassmere

Hosted by The Children’s Hospital at Centennial, the Boo at the Zoo event at the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere is perfect for children of all ages. From 5:00pm – 9:00pm on select Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays throughout the month of October, children can explore the zoo and participate in activities including:

 

  • Trick or Treating
  • Carousel Rides
  • Hayrides
  • Fall Festival Field
  • Enchanted Village
  • Frightful Farm (for those brave enough!)

 

All of this is included right in your ticket price so you don’t have to purchase more than one ticket, activity, or event for your children and family! Be sure to spend the night at the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere for fun, animals, Halloween activities, and so much more. While you’re there, don’t forget to meet the talking pumpkin!

 

Image credit: Nashville Zoo at Grassmere

Image credit: Nashville Zoo at Grassmere

Barfield Bash – Murfreesboro, TN

In addition to all of the fun activities already available at the Barfield Crescent Park in Murfreesboro, TN, the Barfield Bash is a local Halloween event you do not want to miss. On October 23, 2015 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm, Murfreesboro and Rutherford County residents can participate in Halloween related games, activities, contests, listen to spooky music, and so much more. Kids are encouraged to dress up in their Halloween costumes and enjoy the fun!

 

Featured at this year’s event is the Not So Haunted Trail. The beloved book, “The Ghost of Donley Farm” comes to life when Rebecca, a red-tailed hawk, proudly announces she’s not afraid of ghosts. One night, she bravely goes to meet the Ghost of Donley Farm! While riding on a hayride, kids and adults can discover what happens next!

 

Pumpkinfest – Franklin, TN

On October 24, 2015 from 10:00am – 6:00pm, Pumpkinfest returns to Franklin, Tennessee. Complete with a costume contest, chili cook off, arts and crafts vendors, music performances, and so much more, this event presented by Hyundai of Cool Springs is not one to miss! Year after year, this event grows in attendance and in attractions so be sure to mark your calendars for the Pumpkinfest.

 

Kids can enjoy a variety of activities including:

 

  • Bouncy Houses
  • Face Painting
  • Costume Contests
  • Circus Entertainment
  • And More!

 

If you want to get the family pet involved in the fun too, sign Fluffy and Fido up for the HomeTown Pet Costume Contest! Trust us, Pumpkinfest is a great kid and family friendly Halloween event to attend this year.

 

Image credit: Pumpkinfest

Image credit: Pumpkinfest

 

What kid friendly Halloween event in Middle Tennessee do you plan on attending this autumn?

 

 

 

 

 

Middle Tennessee’s Scariest Haunted Attractions You Must Visit This October

Middle Tennessee’s Scariest Haunted Attractions You Must Visit This October

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The month of goblins, zombies, vampires, and other frights is upon us! October is known for cooler temperatures, pumpkin patches, and of course, visits to the greater Middle Tennessee area’s best haunted houses and attractions.

 

Whether you prefer to shoot zombies or walk through terrifying scenarios, we’ve got your guide to the best haunted houses across the Middle Tennessee region.

 

Miller’s Thrillers — Columbia, TN

Calling all “Walking Dead” fans — this is the Halloween attraction for you!

 

Located in Columbia, Tennessee, Miller’s Thrillers features two haunting attractions along with spooky entertainment. First, be sure to try the Zombie Paintball Hayride. The Miller’s Thrillers property is infested with rage-filled zombies, and it’s up to you and 19 others to hop on the hayride and destroy them all with paintball guns. Act fast before you become one of them!

 

If you dare, trek into the Haunted Woods. Legend has it that several decades ago, miners went out to work and were never to be seen again. That is, as a normal human! These mutated miners and other frightening haunts now roam the woods. Are you brave enough to walk the woods? 2015 brings new scares, monsters, and other terrifying tricks to Miller’s Thrillers.

 

Miller’s Thrillers also offers “daylight hayrides” on select dates for those too frightened for a hayride in the dark. It is highly advised that you purchase tickets ahead of time in order to avoid waiting in long, long lines filled with zombies and other horrifying haunts!

 

Devil’s Dungeon — Nashville, TN  

Known as THE most intense haunted house in the greater Nashville area, Devil’s Dungeon isn’t for the faint of heart. This haunted house is known to horrify you and your friends long after you escape the clutches of the infamous Devil himself.

 

With every turn of a corner, a new fright awaits you. This 20,000+ square foot attraction is one you do NOT want to miss. As a fair warning, many of the scenes and scenarios are quite heart stopping. Only the bravest of the brave should attend the Devil’s Dungeon. Of course, you’ll just have to find out for yourself if you can really handle the scares awaiting you inside the Devil’s Dungeon.

 

It is advised that you purchase your tickets online to avoid long wait times and to secure your spot in the dungeon.

 

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Image credit: Devil’s Dungeon

Dead Land Haunted Woods — Lebanon, TN

It seems as though most of the woods in Tennessee are haunted! This terrifying Lebanon attraction, open Friday and Saturday nights throughout the fall season, offers daring souls three horrifying attractions — The Curse, The Portal, and The Maze. Each attraction is equally scream-worthy and will keep you on the edge the entire time!

 

The Curse attraction has a particularly blood-curdling tale that occurs during the Civil War era. Let’s just say this story (and haunted attraction) is more than a few zombies and monsters — it involves so much more. Beware Sarai’s curse…

 

Open until Halloween, this Lebanon, TN haunted woods attraction is yet another “do not miss” Halloween visit. Purchase your tickets today!

 

Image Credit: Dead Land Haunted Woods

Image Credit: Dead Land Haunted Woods

Nashville Nightmare — Nashville, TN

Voted as one of the top 31 haunted houses in the nation by Attraction Magazine, Nashville Nightmare truly captures what nightmares are made of. For 2015, the attraction has completely renovated waiting areas and other parts of the experience to make it much more terrifying for guests!

 

Nashville Nightmare boasts two creepy attractions known as Night Terrors and Horror High, which opened in 2014. Night Terrors captures the essence of true terror with 13 nightmare experiences including a mortuary, an asylum, and a meat packing plant. Wondering what these have to do with a nightmare? You’ll just have to experience the horror for yourself!

 

In 1970, a fire on the lower floor of the Madison Square School House claimed the lives of several students and teachers. It is said that to this day, you can still hear their screams and some have claimed to see the deceased lurking around. Do you have what it takes to enroll at Horror High?

 

Purchase your tickets for Nashville Nightmare in advance. You don’t want to miss one of Nashville’s renowned haunted houses!

 

Image Credit: Nashville Nightmare

Image Credit: Nashville Nightmare

Death Row — Nashville, TN

As one of the longest running haunted house attractions in the greater Middle Tennessee area, you cannot pass up an opportunity to attend Death Row. For over 20 years, this Nashville attraction has been terrifying those who dare to enter their halls. The attraction is recently under new ownership so expect bigger, bolder, and ultimately, scarier horrors!

 

This self-guided journey is complete with fear-inducing scenarios from Nashville’s past, including prisons, funeral homes, cemeteries, and so much more. Each room is scarier than the last!

 

Considering this attraction has garnered a lasting reputation over the past 20 years, it is certainly in your best interest to purchase your tickets far in advance.

 

Image credit: Death Row Haunted House

Image credit: Death Row Haunted House

Meyers Creek Haunted Woods — Murfreesboro, TN

Are you looking for a fright in the greater Murfreesboro area? If so, look no further than Meyers Creek Haunted Woods. You never know what you’ll find in this haunted Murfreesboro attraction. From clowns, to ghosts, to scared souls running past bloody zombies, there’s everything you could ever imagine (possibly in a nightmare…) at Meyers Creek Haunted Woods.

 

Image Credit: Meyers Creek Haunted Woods

Image Credit: Meyers Creek Haunted Woods

 

Which Middle Tennessee haunted Halloween attraction will you attend in 2015? No matter which venue you choose, be prepared to have nightmares for weeks upon weeks!