A rural village in Middle Tennessee’s Williamson County, Leiper’s Fork is a southern gem not too far from Nashville. You can even take a beautiful drive on a scenic parkway to get there from Music City. Exploring Leiper’s Fork includes local whiskey, southern cooking, live music, American flags, rocking chairs, artsy shopping, peaceful countryside, and even nearby hiking trails. So if you need to get away from city life, visit this southern village with a population of only 650 and experience and enjoy the slower-paced lifestyle.
Things to do in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee
Leiper’s Fork Distillery
Established in the summer of 2016, Leiper’s Fork Distillery produces small batch whiskey and puts an emphasis on using local ingredients, in addition to limestone-filtered water. The distillery sits in beautiful, tranquil countryside, and you can take in the ambiance in a rocking chair on the front porch – the southern way of stopping and taking in a view.
There are distillery tours offered on different days of the week depending on the time of year. I highly recommend going on one as you’ll tour the stillhouse, learn about whiskey and the distillery, and do a tasting where you’ll be taught how to properly drink whiskey and bourbon. The tour lasts 45 minutes and costs $10.
Puckett’s of Leiper’s Fork
As a staple of the village, Puckett’s has been open since 1953 serving southern food, live music, and a friendly atmosphere. Having been a local meeting spot for years, it’s also a grocery and gas station. On top of that, the stage at Puckett’s has held many hit songwriters and country music stars. And it’s the kind of place where there is live music nearly every day. Additionally, there are tables out front if you want to sit and watch the world go by. Puckett’s is a laid-back classically southern restaurant that’s a must-visit.
Natchez Trace Parkway
A 444-mile recreational road, the Natchez Trace Parkway goes through three states – Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee. It’s a historic parkway that many road trip and cycle with hiking trails, campgrounds, and historical sites along the way. The scenic drive ends north of Leiper’s Fork and passes just a mile from the historic district. There are numerous hiking trails and scenic overlooks nearby, including the Double Arch Bridge with a view of the surrounding rolling green hills.
Shopping along Old Hillsboro Road
Even though the heart of Leiper’s Fork is extremely small (if you blink, you might miss it), there are still many interesting shops and art galleries packed along Old Hillsboro Road. Many of the stores sell unique vintage items for the home, in addition to trendy clothing and jewelry. Some of the stores aren’t open every day of the week, so be sure to check opening days and times before visiting.
Owned by a singer/songwriter, White’s Mercantile has a tiny cabin store in the heart of the historic district. The store is described as “a general store for the modern-day tastemaker.” Serenite Maison is located in a building from 1914 and sells unique antiques from all over the world. Creekside Trading Company features an eclectic mix of work by local artists from home decor and paintings to jewelry and clothing, and the store even boasts a back porch with rocking chairs and a view onto a creek.
With “Fork” in the village’s name, food has to be on the agenda. There’s been a lot of talk about a new restaurant in the historic district called 1892, which is open from 11 am to 9 pm from Wednesday to Sunday. The restaurant features a cozy atmosphere that makes you feel welcome as soon as you walk in. 1892’s menu includes soups, salads, sandwiches, and a variety of entrees and sides with a modern twist on southern cuisine. There are also some seating outside and, of course, rocking chairs on the porch!
Getting to Leiper’s Fork
If you’re in Nashville, it’s very easy to get to Leiper’s Fork, and it’s a beautiful drive to boot. You can take Highway 100 to the Natchez Trace Parkway. Then, get onto Highway 46 for Leiper’s Fork’s Historic District. There are also quicker journeys, but they aren’t as scenic.
If you’re coming from the historic town of Franklin, you can take Highway 96. Then, get onto Highway 46, which will take you to Leiper’s Fork. So when visiting Middle Tennessee, think about adding a trip to this small southern village to your list!
Do you like discovering small towns and villages in the south of the United States? If so, Leiper’s Fork, TN is a perfect place to visit!