Edible Outings: Chasing Waterfalls
Cool off this summer with a hike to one of Middle Tennessee’s many waterfalls—with a side of good food, of course.
About two hours southeast of Nashville, Greeter Falls is located on a one mile there-and-back, moderate hike. In close-by Tracy City, fuel up for the day at the historic Dutch Maid Bakery & Café—operating over one hundred years makes it the oldest bakery in the state. Head over to South Cumberland State Park, where Greeter Falls is a part of the Savage Gulf trail set; after trekking to the falls and descending the spiral staircase, visitors are rewarded with a beautiful cascade scene framed by stone and lush greenery. Once the trail is completed, cool off by taking a quick dip in the naturally blue swimming pool located on a nearby trail. Stop at Mountain Goat Market in Monteagle on the way home for a delicious dinner to please even the pickiest of eaters, and souvenirs for the road.
Dutch Maid Bakery & Café | 931-592-3171
109 Main St, Tracy City
Mountain Goat Market | 931-924-2727
109 W Main St, Monteagle
Just outside of Cookeville, Tennessee, Cummins Falls—an adventurous, rugged trail not suitable for small, wiggly children or inadequate footwear—is worth the ninety-minute drive east of Nashville. After the long hike up the river bed, visitors are greeted by the rushing falls and a refreshingly cool swimming hole that’s been enjoyed by locals for over one hundred years. Stop by Sloco in 12th South or the Downtown Nashville Farmers Market for sandwiches before you make the drive, and enjoy a picnic lunch at the foot of the falls. After an exciting day of hiking and swimming, break for sophisticated burgers and beers at Father Tom’s Pub, just a fifteen-minute drive from the falls. Down the street from Father Tom’s, follow up dinner with a healthy dose of ice cream from Cream City before heading back home.
Sloco Sandwiches | 615-499-4793
90 Reeds Lane, Sewanee
Father Tom’s Pub | 931-854-9484
32 North Cedar Ave, Cookeville
Cream City Ice Cream & Coffee House | (931) 528-2732
119 W Broad St, Cookeville | 931-528-2732
Located within Rock Island State Park and boasting an impressive, thirty-foot horseshoe shape, Great Falls once powered a 19th century cotton textile mill, it’s power a testament to it’s name. Probably one of the most visited (and Instagram-worthy) waterfalls in the Middle Tennessee area, the park it calls home offers swimming, fishing, and picnic areas, making it a great place for visitors of all ages. After a long day in the sun and water, stop for a satisfying meal with Cajun-flair at Foglight Foodhouse—a Rock Island original with the apt motto: You’ve got to get lost to find us! With a folksy atmosphere and a porch to soak in more water views before heading home, it makes a great end for a fun-filled day.
Foglight Foodhouse | 931-657-2364
275 Powerhouse Rd, Walling