Points of Interest
TIMS FORD STATE PARK
Just west of Winchester off Highway 50 is Tims Ford State Park, one of the most accommodating parks in Tennessee. There are over 400 acres of family fun including bicycle. The newest addition to park attractions is a golf course. The Bear Trace at Tims Ford State Park is one of four in the Tennessee State Park system. These 18 hole golf courses are designed by the “Golden Bear” himself, Jack Nicklaus. The Bear Trace at Tims Ford is a sight to behold and truly the shining star of golf in Tennessee. Sitting on a peninsula surrounded by Tims Ford Lake, the water vistas are enchanting. The links-style course requires precision shot making and attracts golfers from Tennessee and around the world. The course provides them the opportunity to play championship quality golf at affordable rates; additionally, they offer multiple tee boxes to provide a fair challenge to golfers of all skills levels. There’s something for everyone at the park and it is quickly becoming the talk of Tennessee. 931-962-1183;1-800-471-5295; 1-888-TNPARKSand hiking trails, a huge swimming pool, secluded cabins, that feature fireplaces, and developed campsites for the outdoor crowd.The park operates a marina that includes a snack bar, bait shop, and fish-cleaning area. The marina also provides equipment, supplies for boating and fishing, and a boat-launching ramp and dock.
ALL SAINTS CHAPEL
It is such a beautiful place, too. Built with colorful Tennessee Sandstone, it reminds most folks of a quaint English village. In the heart of the campus stands All Saints’ Chapel and Shapard Tower. You can read the University’s history in the stained glass windows in the chapel or marvel at a Sunday afternoon performance of the 56 bell Leonidas Memorial Carillon contained in the 143-foot high Shapard Tower. Sewanee literally rings in all its glory.
Sewanee has produced 24 Rhodes Scholars, proportionally more than almost any other college or university in the United States. The University publishes the Sewanee Review, the oldest literary quarterly in the nation. They rank near the top nationally in the production of NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winners. Keep in mind that Sewanee does not offer athletic scholarships.
Guided tours of the campus and All Saints’ Chapel are available through the University’s Office of Public Relations, 931-598-1286.
Major R. Fairbanks, one of the founders and a trustee of the University of the South built Rebel's Rest, the oldest house in Sewanee, in 1886. The Fairbanks family lived in the house until 1963, when the University took over the building for use in entertaining and as a guest house. It stands on the former site of Bishop Leonidas Polk's home and is noted by a Tennessee Historical Marker.
POLLY CROCKETT GRAVESITE
David Crockett and his first wife, Polly Finlay, settled with their children on a homestead a few miles east of the Maxwell Community in Franklin County in 1812.
Polly Crockett died in 1815 following her husband’s return from the Creek War. An access road and small park denote her gravesite and was a Franklin County Bicentennial Commission Project. Tennessee Historical markers for the gravesite and “Kaintuck”, David’s homestead, are located on U.S. Highway 64 near Belvidere.
COWAN RAILROAD MUSEUM
If you are into trains, Cowan has just the thing…they took their old train station, spruced it up, made a little park out of the surrounding grounds, parked an antique locomotive next door and made the place into a museum.
There are lots of old train parts, lots of old stories, lots of good times to have at the Cowan Railroad Museum. Take a picnic lunch and eat in the park. Watch the modern CSX trains, with their pusher engines, as they travel through the town and on to the Cowan railroad tunnel built in the 1850’s going to the eastern part of our nation. Call for more information or visit www.cowanrailroadmuseum.com
Another thing that folks around here have been talking about is the University of Tennessee Space Institute on the shore of Woods Reservoir...they do special things at U.T.S.I...like research into engineering aeroacoustics, gas diagnostics, laser applications and magnetohydrodynamics. Franklin County has a significant role to play in the future of aerospace engineering...and education.
HUNDRED OAKS CASTLE
Once the former home of Tennessee's 21st governor, Hundred Oaks Castle was devastated by fire in May, 1990. After years of legal tie ups, in February 1997 an announcement was made that the Castle had been deeded to the Kent Bramlett Foundation, Inc. This foundation was formed by P.K. and Shirley Bramlett of Nashville in honor of their son, Kent Bramlett, who lost his life in an automobile accident in October of 1992. The Bramlett's, along with their son Robert, believe that tragedies and setbacks are really opportunities for service. The Foundation determined its purpose was to expand the opportunity for others to enjoy the beauty and creativity of the arts so cherished by Kent and his family. That purpose can be fulfilled by restoring the remaining portions of the Castle, designing gardens and promoting tourism and events that will showcase the works of both visiting and local artists, musicians and writers. Restoration is underway and the grounds are closed until completion.
In the southwest corner of the county is another great spot for a picnic…in the little community of Old Salem. This area of the county was one of the first areas to be settled in the late 1700’s, and is where industry in the county first flourished. The only remaining mill, Falls Mill, still grinds grain by the old method - with a water-powered grindstone. The Mill has one of the largest water wheels operating in the country. Upstairs from the mill, the museum traces the varied past of the beautiful old mill as well as houses antique machinery and looms used in another era. Today, still a working mill, you can purchase stone-ground flour and meal, get a cool drink of water from an old oaken bucket, or wade in the old mill’s stream. Call for more information. 931-469-7161 or visit www.fallsmill.com
If you’re an angler traveling through these parts, grab your tackle box and fishing rod and take time out to try your luck at Woods Reservoir in Franklin County. Recently, renovated the Morris Ferry Dock area in addition to the new launch area for boats. State, federal and county agencies have built several fishing piers for bank fishing. Along with the great fishing opportunities Woods Reservoir is also a TWRA WMA, the lake serves as an excellent duck hunting and the surrounding wood lands contain an exceptional Deer and Turkey population. Located on Arnold Air Force Base, the lake noted for its Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Crappie, Blue Gill, Catfish and a small population of Muskellunge. Woods Reservoir is the first upper most impoundment of the Elk River, which covers some 4,000 acres of water with a 75-mile shoreline. Fishing conditions are good year round, however they improve as fall approaches and water temperature begins to drop. The absolute best time to visit Woods Reservoir is during the spring, when trophy Bass in the 10 pound range are caught. It can be reached off the AEDC/UTSI exit 117 from Interstate 24.
TIMS FORD LAKE
Tims Ford Lake is a 10,700 acre highland lake created by the construction of Tims Ford Dam on the headwaters of the Elk River in 1970. After severe flooding within the Elk River Basin, the Tennessee Valley Authority constructed the Tims Ford Dam in 1970. The dam and reservoir not only provide flood control for the area, but also provide unlimited recreational opportunities. Tims Ford State Park is situated on the lake about 11 miles west of Winchester off State Highway 50.
Tims Ford Lake is one of the most picturesque lakes in Tennessee, and is regarded as a top bass fishing lake, as well as for recreational/boating fun. In addition to fishing opportunities the lake offers visitors and residents recreational opportunities such as Water Skiing, Wake Boarding, Kayaking, Canoeing, Camping, Lakeside Golfing and Hiking trails.
Year-round fishing can also provide a substantial yield of bluegill, catfish, and crappie. Year-round fishermen can also find a substantial yield of small mouth bass, rockfish, bluegill, catfish, and crappie for their enjoyment. A valid Tennessee fishing license is required for all anglers over 16 years of age.
Several marinas and boat launching facilities are located around the lake. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, as well as the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, polices the lake.
WALLS OF JERICHO
As the story goes, a circuit-riding minister chanced upon this rugged piece of Franklin County real estate in the late 1800’s and was so awestruck by the cathedral-like beauty of the narrow gorge that he declared it deserved a biblical name. The preacher, it is said, stood in the gorge’s bottom — a limestone bowl, 50 yards wide, where water shoots out of bowling-ball-size holes and foot-wide cracks in the rock during heavy rain — and peered up at cliffs 200 feet high on both sides. He named the site the Walls of Jericho. And so it has been known ever since. Except for the distant drone of a westbound jetliner cruising through the blue sky and high feathery clouds, a recent visit to the site is similar to what that 19th-century preacher saw. Unlike the man-made wall that came tumbling down, according to the Bible’s book of Joshua, these opposing faces of rock aren’t likely to do the same, barring a cataclysmic earthquake.
As of today, hiking and horse trails leading into the 21,453 acres — 12,510 in Alabama and 8,943 in Tennessee — officially open to the public. This area is multiple-use area. Unlike most of our Wildlife Management Areas where the prime activity is hunting, this area will be available to visitors who like to hike or ride horses. The property includes streams such as Turkey Creek and Hurricane Creek that are headwaters of the Paint Rock River, home to 17 varieties of rare mussels.
Please come and experience this incredible beauty, in Franklin County, Tennessee on Keith Springs Mountain, only 16.1 miles from the junction of Hwy 64 and Hwy 16 in Winchester, Tennessee.
TIMS FORD BLUEWAY TRAIL
Tims Ford Blueway’s is a water trail on Tims Ford Reservoir was developed to help promote water paddle sports and activities in conjunction with Tennessee Blueway’s. This water trail that takes you along the path of Tims Ford Reservoir with launch points, camping locations, paddle boarders and kayakers. The mission of the blueway is to “encourage safe paddling; to preserve the scenic beauty of Tims Ford Lake and it’s tributaries; and to create a unique recreational experience for individuals to connect with nature.
ELK RIVER (BELOW TIMS FORD DAM)
The Elk River below Tims Ford Dam is a cold water river located approximately 11 miles west on HWY 50 from Winchester Tennessee. The Elk River has a gradual drop in elevation through old farms, it’s clear and cold with lots of open areas making this a perfect place for fly fishing. The Elk River varies in depth ranging from a few inches to over ten feet in some of the deeper pools. The river host an exceptional population of Brown and Rainbow Trout thanks to the efforts of the TWRA Fisheries Division. Most anglers target these fish with artificial lures such as fly’s and small spinners. Trout in the 2-5 pound class are not uncommon in the Elk River. River-run Smallmouth Bass can also be found in the deeper pools of the river. If you are not into the fishing and just want a relating afternoon, the Elk is perfect for canoes and kayaks. As with any tail waters visitors need to check the generation schedule and water flow prior to any water activities.
TIMS FORD MARINA& RESORT
“Year Round Fishing & Vacationing” is always available at Tims Ford Marina and Resort. Located on beautiful Tim’s Ford Lake in Franklin County and within just a few miles of Winchester, it can be easily reached from Interstates 24 and 65. The resort is on Mansford Bridge Road near Tims Ford State Park. Come & see for yourself! Call 931-967-4509 or 1-800-722-1164 for more information.
HOLIDAY LANDING & THE BLUE GILL GRILL
Welcome to Holiday Landing Marina & Resort on Tims Ford Lake in Tullahoma, Tennessee: your destination for lakeside cabin rentals, pontoon boat rentals, boat slip leases, and the home of The Bluegill Grill. Call 931-455-3151 for more information.
CIRCLE E GUEST RANCH & CAMPGROUND
A Trail Riding Facility in Belvidere, TN, located in the Cumberland Mountains. Nestled on the fringe of 100,000 acres of uninhibited mountain land, this facility has breathtaking views of the mountains, caves, creeks, waterfalls, the valley below with four seasons of color and an abundance of wild life. Circle E Guest ranch & Campground also features RV parking, cabin rentals and banquet hall for events. 931-962-1790
ARNOLD GOLF COURSE
The Arnold Golf Course is located about seven miles west of the AEDC industrial area near Tullahoma. It offers a nine hole course with two practice greens, a driving range, men’s and women’s locker rooms, pro shop, and Mulligan’s grill. April-October golf course hours are 7:00 a.m.—9:00 p.m. (931)454-7076 or (931)455-5870
THE BEAR TRACE
The Bear Trace at Tim’s Ford is a sight to behold. Sitting on a peninsula, surrounded by Tims Ford Lake, the water vistas are enchanting. Yet, the links-style course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, will require precision shot making. Tims Ford State Park is located 11 miles from Winchester.
For more information or tee times call: 931-968-0995 or 1-888-558-BEAR
FRANKLIN COUNTY COUNTRY CLUB
Everyone is welcome at the Franklin County Country Club. The golf course is the “crowned jewel” of the country club experience nestled away in the valley below the Cumberland Plateau. The golf course is one of true quality with something for every level of play. Our focus is to maintain excellent playing conditions, exemplary service, and a friendly atmosphere. The course was opened for play in 1957 and has been welcoming new members yearly. A sneak peek at what you would have to look forward to as you plan an outing of leisure and golf.
9-Hole Golf Course with 18 Tees
The fairways are lined w/pine trees on each side
Walking the course is pleasurable with its gentle rolling terrain
Practice facility available for warming up for times when a game is not feasible Scoring opportunities abound for good players
Mid-handicappers appreciate the course’s playability
Friendly and relaxed atmosphere with aesthetic
landscaping appealing to all golfers.
SCENIC VIEW GOLF COURSE
On Highway 127, AEDC Road, 5 miles from Winchester, the Scenic View Golf Course offers nine holes of golf with an additional two practice holes. Located on a rolling Tennessee hill, the greens are bent grass and the fairways and tees are Bermuda grass. Par is 36 with three par fives, three par fours, and three par threes. The length of the course measures 3050 yards. Riding carts are available for rent. For more information: 931-967-5224
THE COURSE AT SEWANEE
Located atop the beautiful Cumberland Mountains and nestled within the historic campus of the University of the South, this course offers one of the best challenges for golfers that can be found anywhere around. Gentle rolling hills, long and wide fairways, water and sand hazards, and impeccable greens…all combine to make Sewanee one course that you’ll want to play again and again. One of the most enjoyable aspects about this course is that you don’t have to hassle with the crowds. Tee times not required.931-598-1104 or 1-800-489-2091
DAVID R. BEAN SMIMPLEX
An indoor Junior Olympic Size Pool, Outdoor Pool with “0” Beach Entry, Two Flume Slides, Raindrop, Tee-Cup, Geyser Jets, and Tumble bucket are featured at the Swimplex. Recreation Swim, Lap Swim, Swim Lessons, Senior Aerobics, Noodle Aerobics, Scuba Diving, Kayaking, and Winchester Stingray Swim Club provide opportunities to join in the fun. Open 7 days a week. Daily Admission is $4.00, a family Annual Pass is $200.00, a Senior Citizen Annual Pass is $100.00, an Individual Annual Pass is $125.00, and a Pool Party is $75.00 for two hours for 40 people. Call the Swimplex for scheduled hours. 931-962-4204