Smith County is located at the base of the Cumberland Plateau in Middle Tennessee and is geographically blessed with its southern hospitality, beautiful scenic countryside, rural roads, majestic hills, flowing rivers, refreshing lakes and numerous creeks to enjoy fishing and/or canoeing.
Here are a few of the recommended things to do in the area:
There are several nice restaurants close by for lunch or dinner. Most do not require reservations, unless you are planning a dinner with more than 6 guests. The closest restaurant to Butterfly Hollow we recommend is Timberloft Restaurant. Timberloft is located ten minutes away, offering a relaxing atmosphere and delicious menu with favorites from great steaks to smoked BBQ. A scenic restaurant located approximately 25 minutes away is Blue Water Grille. Sitting on the water of Center Hill Lake, Blue Water Grille offers a romantic ambiance, delicious chef designed menu, and live music on select weekends. For those looking for a fun evening of music and dinner, The Sutton General Store in Granville, TN offers the Sutton Ole Time Music Hour every Saturday starting with dinner at 5pm. After dinner you will enjoy Tennessee’s Best Bluegrass and Ole Time Music show at 6pm followed by its syndicated radio show at 7pm.
There are many other chain dining establishments as well as some great family owned Meat and Three’s within a ten to twenty minute drive too. We won’t list all of these here, but can certainly point you towards them when you arrive.
(10 minutes away)
- The Timberloft in Gordonsville – 615-683-5070
- The Cornerstone Cafe in Gordonsville – 615-683-8211
- El Corral Mexican Restaurant in Gordonsville – 615-683-8877
- Bellacinos Pizza and Grinders in Gordonsville – 615-683-4000
(20-45 minutes away)
- Mo’Cara’s in Lebanon – 615-449-2088
- The Galley in Silverpoint (Floating restaurant on the lake) – 931-858-2424
- Sonny’s on Castle Heights – Lebanon – 615-547-6778
- Outback Steak House in Lebanon — 615-444-7193
- The Blue Water Grill (floating restaurant on the lake) 931-858-2275 (Closed for season until April 2017)
- Demos Steak House in Lebanon- 615-443-4600
- Bull and Thistle Restaurant in Gainesboro – 931-268-7170
- The Sutton General Store in Granville – 931-653-4151
(Family-style dinner with a live radio-broadcast bluegrass music performance every Saturday)
There’s all kinds of exploring to do on the other side of the gate into Butterfly Hollow. Flowing through the foothills and into our closest small town of Carthage, is the Cumberland River. River Paddle boats and fishing boats travel the river that eventually winds it way past the shores of Nashville. The river also creates the beautiful Cordell Hull Lake a few miles down stream. A couple minutes to our south lies the picturesque Center Hill Lake and Caney Fork River, which twists and turns across the Cumberland Plateau. The Caney Fork River is said to have the best trout fishing this side of the Mississippi and Inflatableboater.com recently featured Center Hill Lake as one of the top 20 places in the state to fish.
Picture yourself on a summer afternoon floating lazily down a river. There is a canoe rental and outfitter close by to drop you off and pick you up or if you would really like to bring home dinner be sure to make reservations for a guided drift boat fishing excursion. If your envisioning catching something a little bigger…like a 40-50lb Striper, we can help arrange for a day or half day with a local fishing guide.
For you Antique lover’s Middle Tennessee has several back roads throughout the country side to over a dozen antique shops. The drive will take you to quaint little towns like Gordonsville, Franklin and Watertown; eventually lead you to the square in historic Lebanon. A recommended website to start your journey is Tennessee Antique Trail.
The hollow is close enough to Nashville, but far enough away. You’re only 45 minutes from Music City USA where you can spend the evening listening to some of the best country music has to offer at the Grand Ole Opry or walk down Broadway and take in some live honky-tonk music. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Nashtrashtours are not to be missed either. For the shopper Lebanon Premium Outlets and Providence Marketplace are just twenty five minutes down the road on the way to Nashville.
The Cumberland Plateau is home to several wilderness areas and natural parks spread across the mountains. The newest national park The Big South Fork can also be found here with over 150 miles of hiking trails, more than 100 miles of horse back riding and mountain biking trails and about 80 miles of navigational white water for rafting, canoeing and kayaking. Fall Creek Falls State Park, Savage Gulf Wilderness Area, and several other state parks are also within an hours drive.
For you horse lovers… Cedars of Lebanon State Park is just twenty minutes down the road. They have many wonderful horses and a great 1 hour trail ride through beautiful country side. This is truly a personal riding experience that you won’t forget.
There are several vineyards and wineries on the plateau and a wonderful day can be spent driving around some of the most serene country roads through the mountains and foothills searching for the best tasting Tennessee wine. The two closest wineries are Cellar 53 and Delmonaco Winery which are both worth a short drive for a tasting. If you desire to pull out a blanket and listen to live music on the weekends we recommend Arrington Vineyards. So point your compass in any direction from here, and find an adventure, a natural treasure, an experience that can only be Tennessee.