Tennessee’s Jack Trail launched

Tennessee’s Jack Trail launched

Posted: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 8:02 pm

Tennessee Tourism Commissioner Susan Whitaker recently launched the Jack Trail.
The sixth of 16 self-guided driving tours in the Discover Tennessee Trails and Byways program, the Jack Trail features 328 tourism sites spanning nearly 350 miles in the mid-state, highlighting parts of Nashville, Davidson County, Murfreesboro, Bell Buckle, Wartrace and portions of several other counties brimming with history, music, horses and whiskey making.
The trail officially begins at the Downtown Nashville Visitors Center, where guests can pick up brochures, maps and coupons before heading out to discover Tennessee’s back roads. However, guests can choose to begin their journey at any site along the path. Once on the trail, guests can explore the historically-significant towns of Smyrna and Murfreesboro, visit the renowned Jack Daniel Distillery and not-so-typical American rum-making Prichard’s Distillery and explore the home of the world famous Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration.
Led by the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, the Jack Trail is the result of multiple state agencies working together, as well as city and county officials in Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Cannon, Bedford, Coffee, Moore, Lincoln, Franklin, Giles and Marshall counties.
The special launch event was held at select trail sites, including Jack Daniel Distillery in Lynchburg, Oaklands Historic House Museum in Murfreesboro and Martin’s BBQ Joint in Nolensville. Murfreesboro is celebrating its 200th year w. When the Tennessee Legislature agreed on Oct. 17, 1811, to establish Rutherford County’s seat near where Lytle and Town creeks meet, few dreamed it would become the metropolis it has become.
Participating dignitaries in the unveiling of the new trail included Tennessee Tourism Commissioner Susan Whitaker, Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer, Kix Brooks, Rutherford County Mayor Ernest Burgess, Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson, Franklin Mayor Jimmy Alexander and Lynchburg Mayor Sloan Stewart.
The Jack Trail is a road trip through Tennessee towns linked by the history, music, horses, whiskey making and the lands that connect them. Visitors to the trail will be able to tap into their pioneer spirit at the many historical museums along the path, taking them into another era by exploring the sites that witnessed the events as they unfolded. However, guests won’t be stuck in time. The next stop is Manchester, home of Bonnaroo, the music festival that continues to gain popularity and one of the 50 moments Rolling Stone magazine said “changed the history of rock and roll.” Other attractions along the journey include three different distilleries and the towns that made the high-stepping Tennessee Walking Horses world-famous.  
The Jack Trail is the perfect blend of what makes Tennessee fascinating, showcasing the state’s unique heritage including hundreds of miles full of historic sites, preserved homes and museums that bring the region to life. This trail will draw visitors to Tennessee from across the region and across the country, distinguishing the state as a must-see and ideal place to play and work, a spokesman said.
The Jack Trail tagline “Sippin’ to Saddles” encompasses everything in between, including home-cooked Southern cuisine, a nationally-recognized barbecue joint, quaint lodging facilities, historical landmarks, downtown honky tonks and music icons such as the Ryman Auditorium.
Among the many popular stops along the Jack Trail is the Jack Daniel Distillery in Lynchburg. It is the oldest registered distillery in the United States and continues to use the same process Mr. Daniel used back in 1866.  
Many of the historic sites along the 348-mile Jack Trail require advance reservations, admission or both. Several of the historic sites are preserved homes, so guests are asked to be respectful of those sites which remain as private residences.
For more information on the Jack Trail, contact Cindy Dupree at cindy.dupree@tn.gov or visit www.JackTrail.com. 

Published in The Messenger 3.30.11

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